Worship songs for today were
Breath Away( Israel and New Breed)
There Is None Like You(Hillsongs)
Today we begin our series on money. YHere are over 800 scirptures dealing with money. We should be able to talk about money in a respnonsible way. There are two extremes when it comes to money.
John10:12-13. There are alot of preachers that are nothing more than hirelings. They are here to make money. They manipulate scriptures to get the church to fill their pockets. These types of preachers are able to do this because people will not read the word for themselves. People are content with allowing the preacher to tell them anything, never reading the word for themselves.
2. Fearful 1 John 4:18
There are some people who would rather be nice than Christian. They don’t want to hurt anyones feelings or chase them away so they avoid preaching on money. If speaking on money chases you away or upsets you, then you were not connected to God anyway.
Alot of people say they don’t give because they don’t have anything to give. We have a habit of making sure we take care of ourself first, then we decide if we will give to God. Peopel who live and give in that manner are outside- in christians. They start with there physical pleasures and relationships first. Once those are taken care of, they consider giving. We are required to serve God from the inside- out which means we give to God first. Next comes our bills and finally ourselves. We must be inside out givers.
1. The Law Of The Firstfiruts: Genesis 4:3-5. Leviticus 27:30-31 Exodus 13:1-2
This is a law to test your faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. This is not a call to give your first paycheck of the year to the church as some preachers will claim. This is a test of your faith to see if you will give God his first. What is God’s? Look at the example of Able. He gave the firstfruits. This is the same principle in the garden of Eden. God gave Adam dominion over everything. God’s one requirement was that Adam not eat from the tree. God says 10 percent of all you have is Holy to him. The rest belongs to you.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the firstfruits of all your increase., so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow withe new wine.
2. We give it first PERIOD. Romans 5:8
God gave his son to us first. He did not wait to see if we would believe, or trust in Him. Instead, before we loved Him he gave us his son. We must adopt this same principle and give to God FIRST. We trust that God will work it out before we see it worked out. We don’t decide if we have enough to give to God. We trust that after we give, our God will supply ALL our needs according to his riches and glory. This means you may have to curb your spending habits. God gets our firstfruits PERIOD.
3. The Tithes Does Not Belong To Us. Deut 26:12-13 Malachi 3:8
We must uderstand that the tithe does not belong to us. As inside out Christians we should not use out tithes to satisfy our needs. When we do that we are robbing God and telling Him and the World that we don’t trust in God’s word.
Would you want to live with 90% of something thats blessed or 100% of something that is cursed?