It All Belongs to God (3)
How would you describe someone who built a house without the first planning its foundation?
Foolish! Likewise, God says, don’t put your trust in ‘uncertain riches’ (1 Timothy 6:17).
Between 1948 and 2001 the U.S. economy endured ten recessions, each averaging one year, and resulting in the loss of billions of dollars. That means every five years or so, the economy dumps its suitors and starts all over again.
What word would you use to describe a husband who philandered his way through nine different wives over fifty years? Fickle?
And how would you describe wife number ten? Foolish?
Abraham was one of the richest men of his generation, and so was Job. The New Testament church had some rich people in it. The Bible says, ‘…all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them …brought the proceeds…and laid them at the apostles’ feet…’ (Acts 4:34-35 NKJV).
God wants you to be blessed financially so you can bless His work. But the reason He doesn’t give some of us more money is because He knows we don’t have the maturity to handle it. It would be our undoing. And to those He does entrust with money, He says, ‘Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share’ (1 Timothy 6:18 NKJV).
You don’t really own anything; you’re just a steward. ‘“The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,” declares the Lord.’ The truth is, you’ll never be financially secure until you’re willing to say, ‘Yes!’ to God in whatever He asks you to do, knowing that He will always take care of you. Always!
‘“The silver is Mine and the gold”…declares the Lord…’ Haggai 2:8 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Matthew 4:4, 10; 5:14-16: 6:22: 7:2, 12, 14; 9:36-38
It is written, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God! You shall worship the Lord your God & him only shall you serve! You are the light of the world… it gives light to all in the house. Let your light shine before other, so that they may see your good works & give glory to your Father who is in heaven! If your eye is healthy your whole body will be full of light! With the measure you use it will be measured to you! So whatever you wish that others would do to you, you do also to them! Enter by the narrow gate! For the gate is narrow & the way is hard that leads to life, & those who find it are few! When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed & helpless, like sheep without a shepherd! The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest!
Dear friends, there are so many sheep without a shepherd, harassed & helpless! The shepherd goes with us to rescue His lost sheep! Let us pray earnestly today & be his laborers rescuing his sheep today! Have no fear! He goes before you! Only follow Him! Never delay!