Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thinking again about our eyes and what we allow into our eyes, let us look to the Book of Deuteronomy today and see what God has to say there and then relate it to us today:
19 And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
What do we allow into our eyes and then worship it? Hmmmm interesting question. Astrology has been a problem since the beginning of time as we see God warn about here. We are to worship the ONE who made the stars, moon, and planets not his creation! I see those who claim to be followers of Jesus posting their horoscopes and the such today....noooooooo! Stay away from those who claim to read the stars and can tell you your future. These are of the devil. It is not limited to just astrology though, we have celebrities we see with our eyes whom we worship...look at clips of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Athletes, and stars of today and look at their fans crying, and trying to touch them it is worship! Very sad! This worship is reserved for God only!
21 He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen.
God is the ONE who is our praise and has proved Himself over and over in our sight! While talking to Israel here in this verse it applies to us too! It is not hard to see what God has done and He has told us what the future holds....heaven or hell, our choice.
8 “You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes,
Wow does this ever describe us here the USA today. We do what we think is right not what God has said is right! It is no wonder the USA is sliding on a downward spiral and we will continue to do so unless we turn back to God and do what HIS WORD SAYS!!!!!
18 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping all his commandments that I am commanding you today, and doing what is right in the sight of the Lord your God.
It is a clear biblical teaching over and over in the bible that God will bless those with taking care of their needs if they obey Him and do what is right in HIS EYES not ours.
Pretty straight forward truth here this morning. Chew on it. Are you doing whats right in your eyes or God's eyes?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Over the next several weeks I am going to look at a few parts of the body, eyes, ears, and the mouth to see how important they are in our walk with the Lord. It is very important as you will see of what we allow to go in our eyes and ears and then what we allow to come out of our mouths. Take time to think about each of these and apply it to your own walk with Jesus!
First let us start with the eyes. Somethings we see can control like T.V., Magazines, and some places we choose to go. Sometimes we see things that are beyond our control. I want us to focus on what we can control! Look at the value Jesus put on our eyes:
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Wow! So we need to examine our own eyes and see if they are healthy or bad! What do we let into our eyes? So many that claim to be followers of Jesus willingly let immoral things into their eyes that goes straight to the brain. When allowed to sit in the brain it then can scar the heart and we then become numb to immoral things and accept them as ok. We see in the above verse that God calls it darkness and that it can be great darkness which equals great sin!
We will dig deeper in this tomorrow and the days to come. Have you thought about what you allow into your eyes? If not now is the time!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Well we have looked at what the love of money can do to us. The love of Jesus must be first in our lives not money and things! So as we bring this to a close what are some things we should use the money God gives to us for?
1. The first thing on the list is the tithe. It is a must for us to give a portion back to God of what He has give to us. This is how the church functions and meets the needs of its people.
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try 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 such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
2. Pay your bills and take care of your family.
God expects us to pay our debts. This is just plain honesty and integrity when we make agreements with folks we are to keep our word!
1 John 2:5
But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
God has entrusted us with spouses and children. We are to meet their needs. Our money should go here but we do not want to get over our heads by meeting wants we can't afford or don't need!
1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
3. The third thing we are to do is help others in need.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
It seems we do this at Christmas time but what about the rest of the year? It is to be a daily duty of the follower of Jesus. Have you ever stepped back and looked at the money you spent on needless things and then though about how many are in need? It can be an eye opener for sure!
I hope this look at money has been helpful, it sure has reminded me of some things I needed to see again! Let us be doing the will of God with our money, not the will of the world!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Perhaps these words from Jesus are some of the most valuable to us about the love of money:
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Two times in these verses Jesus uses the word "hard" in talking about entering the kingdom of God. I think we had better take notice don't you??? BUT I want us to see Jesus says it is not impossible but hard for the rich to enter the kingdom. So we can draw from this that riches can be a big temptation if not kept in check. So much so that Jesus very straight forward like points it out to us! It even shocked the disciples. Jesus was putting to rest the thought that great riches were a sign of the favor of God upon that person. Riches has nothing to do with that, where your relationship with Jesus is the deciding factor of us reaching the kingdom of God!
So let us think about these important words from Jesus this morning. Is your money keeping you from Jesus or is your money being used to bring you and others to Jesus?
Friday, December 12, 2014
It amazes me as we look at the love of money how much God has to say about it to warn us not to fall into it's trap! here are a few mentions in Psalms:
16 A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
Here God once again is reminding us that being right with Him is much more valuable than money. God meets the needs of those who follow Him, everything else above that is abundant blessings. Many who don't follow Him have their reward now in this life. Our promised reward comes when we get to heaven! Oh what a day that will be!
12 Behold, these are the ungodly,
Who are always at ease;
They increase in riches.
Riches don't make you ungodly, your love of riches and contentment in them makes you ungodly. When we depend on our riches and put our faith in them instead of God makes us ungodly! When we are worried about more money instead of lost souls and helping the needy, this makes us ungodly. Let us not be found in this condition!
10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
This also is vanity.
The ole wise man King Soloman tried everything to find satisfaction in life including riches, he found that money never satisfies! You can never have enough of it. Great riches are useless.
The only thing that satisfies in life is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God made us this way with a spiritual hole in our hearts that can only be filled by Him. Seek Jesus for He is the answer to life!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The wise teachings of Proverbs always has something to teach us and it is no different with money. So let's look at them today and see what they tell us about money.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;
God's Word in to be desired more than money. Is this true in your life?
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.
Money will not do us any good when death and judgement comes....but righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ is the only answer!
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
Trust in your money instead of the Lord and see where it gets you.
7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing;
And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
Money may bring you temporary happiness in this life, but really in the end you have nothing. If you give everything to Jesus, than you are rich and it can never be taken away! Praise the Lord!
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Wisdom and understanding of what God desires in a followers life are so much more valuable than money. When we learn this we have matured in our walk with the Lord.
22 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
How many folks have let money ruin their reputation? How many folks chose money over love for others? Too many to count!
Once again we see today, the love of money can be our down fall. Be wise and chose the love of our Lord you will never regret it! Reread these proverbs and think about them in your own life and let the Holy Spirit freely speak to you. If changes are needed, make them today!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
As we have seen thus far God has much to say about the danger of loving money and placing the desire of it before Him. I want us to look at this warning from God's Word about money this morning:
2 Timothy 3:1-5
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
WOW! Do you see what the love of money is mixed in with here? As I look at this list of sins, many of them go along with each other! Folks this list is very accurate of our very day. This is why many think we are living in the days of the return of Christ! Take the time to go through the list in the verses above and honestly evaluate yourself. If they describe you, repent and turn to following Jesus now!
God also tells us if folks like these we are to stay away from as they will lead us astray if we are not very careful. Yes we are to try lead them to Jesus but we are not to spend great amounts of time with them! Look at your friends and family....are they described above? Lead them to Jesus, if they won't come to Jesus then stay away from them!
Remember these are not Tom's words, but come from God himself!