Pastor Shane Ham : Living in True Wealth

Money, Sex & Power · 40:44 · Recorded May 17, 2015

“LIVING IN TRUE WEALTH”

Luke 12:15; 16:13-15 (HCSB) He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”… No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.” The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at Him. And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight.

Luke 12:16-21 (HCSB) Then He told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crop? I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’ “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

You’ll know it when:

1. You live from a place of humble gratitude!

Psalm 116:12 (HCSB) How can I repay the LORD for all the good He has done for me?

2. You believe God’s truth about stewardship!

Psalm 24:1 (HCSB) The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD.

We have tremendous privilege.

We have a serious responsibility.

We will experience ultimate accountability.

Matthew 25:29-30 (TLB) For the man who uses well what he is given shall be given more, and he shall have abundance. But from the man who is unfaithful, even what little responsibility he has shall be taken from him. And throw the useless servant out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

3. You give with gladness and generosity!

Luke 19:1-10 (NLT) Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Why?

God’s promise to us.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (HCSB) Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.

God’s process in us.

Matthew 6:21 (NLT) Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

God’s purpose for us.

1 Timothy 6:17 (NLT) Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

4. You trust God supremely.

  • What was your number one takeaway from this teaching? Why? Take some time to about how you manage money and posses-sions. Pray over what God wants you to do with what He has given you. If you need help with this, consider joining Financial Peace University beginning at NorthPointe on June 1, 2015. Register today online at www.northpointe.org.

  • How does your current giving reflect God’s tremendous generosity to you? Why do you think we sometimes struggle remembering how blessed we truly are? What steps you can take toward having an attitude that’s full of gratitude?

  • If Jesus or the biblical authors could address average contemporary church-goers today, what financial issues do you think they would address, and what would they say?

  • Read the first passage of scripture mentioned at the top your notes. Jesus warns about all forms of “greed”. Which of your possessions are the hardest to release to God and why?

  • One of the most important things we can do in life is trust God. It’s also one of the most difficult things to do. We are reminded over and over again in Scripture that God is trustworthy because HE ALWAYS comes through. Why do you think it’s so hard to trust Him?

  • Read together 1 Timothy 6:6-8. Talk with your children about godliness (living your life in such a way that you become more like God every day) and contentment (being happy with what you have). Remind them that they have what they need for their physical needs (food & clothing) & that God wants them to focus on the inside. Make cards of the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and talk about a different one each day. Share ideas about how each of you can display these godly character traits as you learn to be more like him.

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