-Luke 12:15, 20-21, 32-33
-2 Corinthians 8:9
-1 Timothy 6:3-10
Greed reeks havoc on our hearts.
- Desire for riches falls into temptation (snare) that plunge Christians into ruin and destruction.
We will not be satisfied with money.
- Love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Christians must be on guard against covetousness, for our life does not consist of happiness in the abundance of things. One who stores up treasure on earth is a fool.
Do not ever be faithful to unrighteous wealth.
Followers need to understand that through the grace of Jesus, even though he was rich, he became poor for our sake, and that by his poverty we become wealthy.
- You cannot serve two masters. (God and money)
- God must be our ultimate security and satisfaction.
- Godliness with contentment is great gain.
The thief should no longer steal, thus he become “rich” by doing honest work.
God doesn’t call wealth a sin, but the greedy and lustful desires that come from the “heart.”
Money is a neutral subject, the heart is the subject behind the greed and temporary satisfactory sins.
Love of money is the sin or the KEY ISSUE in our lust for wealth.
A Christian’s passions are ate war within himself. His desires are his passions. He covets wrongly, and spends wrongly and sinfully with money on his passions.
God is not our magic genie to grant us our desires. He is rather the conviction to point us in the directions of our literal needs, not what we think we need based off of desires.
Brotherly love is like the syrup that saturates the book of Hebrews. This concept of brotherly love is shown by God, who will never forsake us and always be there for us.
God is on our side, we should not fear what the world can do to us (lust of money).
- Christians must keep their life (conduct) free from the -love of money (feeling or desire)- being content with what they have.
- If we have what we want, then we will call ourselves Christians. The Lord is our greatest treasure and He is with us. He is our HOPE, our desire. We do not know God’s will– it is our job to obey (conduct).
- We must determine what our heart desires or feels and choose whether to embrace it or reject it, good or bad.
- The most important thing in life is to do away with the love of money, and give way to the love of Christ, the greatest wealth one can obtain. Focus on the one who ultimately satisfies, not things that temporarily satisfy.
- Here is the question: Why do we want what will not ultimately satisfy us?
- We must hear God, so that our soul may live, and He will establish an everlasting covenant with us. We must seek God and call upon him. Let the wicked forsake God SO that He may have compassion on them.
- Let our words ultimately be to worship God, so that we may go out with joy.
Stay true to God, do not waver, remember Philippians 4.