Matters of the Heart August 3 & 4

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
John 14:2-3 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

THE SUBTLE HEART DISEASE OF GREED

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”
1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV

WHY DO YOU THINK GOD HAS GIVEN YOU SO MUCH?

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JESUS WARNS US AGAINST THE SUBDUCTION OF GREED.

“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 NIV

“And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.””
Luke 12:16-21 NIV

THREE MISTAKES THAT MAKE HIM A FOOL:

  • HE MISSED THE GOD FACTOR.

  • HE ASSUMED HIS ABUNDANCE OF STUFF MEANT AN ABUNDANCE OF TIME.

  • HE THOUGHT HE OWNED IT.

 
THE REMEDY

4 HABITS OF GENEROSITY:

“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-14 NIV

1)    PRIORITY GIVING

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

2)    PERCENTAGE GIVING

3)    CHEERFUL GIVING

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV

4)    SPONTANEOUS GIVING

“Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” Matthew 5:42 NLT