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God and Money

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God and Money

16 of the 38 parables were concerned with how to handle money.
In the Gospels 1 out of 10 verses were directly related to money.
In the Bible 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions.
Matthew 6:24 NASB95
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Matthew

Money Lies

Lie #1 You don’t have enough money.

Hebrews
Hebrews 13:5 NASB95
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

Lie #2 You have to hold onto your money tight.

Proverbs 22:9 NASB95
He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.
Proverbs

Lie #3 You will be happier if you have more.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 NASB95
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
Ecclesiates 5:10

Lie #4 Money makes you important.

1 Peter 2:9 NASB95
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1 Peter 1:18–19 NASB95
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:18

Lie #5 It’s all yours, you earned it.

Deuteronomy 8:17–18 NASB95
Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy

Lie #6 Money can provide your every need.

Matthew 6:26–32 NASB95
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB95
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

Lie #7 Money makes you free

John 8:36 NASB95
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Love God, Not Money

1 Timothy 6:10 NASB95
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Giving to God

Benefits of Giving

#1 Activate the reward center in your brain.

Surge of dopamine and endorphins.

#2 Improved life satisfaction

German study showed that people that give are more content with what they have.

#3 Feel happier

U of M-Columbia higher feeling of joy.

#4 Improved health

People who volunteer and give are healthier.

#5 Reduced Stress

John Hopkins U/ U of Tenn. charitable givers experience reduced rates of stress/ lower blood pressure.

Giving to God

Malachi 3:10 NASB95
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
Luke 6:38 NASB95
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Luke
Luke 21:1–4 NASB95
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Give generously

2 Corinthians 9:6 NASB95
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:

Give purposefully

2 Corinthians 9:7 NASB95
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corintians 9:7

Give first to God

Proverbs 3:9 NASB95
Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce;
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