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Money-Part V

Money-Part V
Exposing Satan's Lies With God's Truth

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:19-24 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series on "Money," and 10-worldly views of what it will bring us if we have enough of it.  These worldly views are lies from Satan that tempt and lure us to become distracted from seeing the truth of God's Word.  In Part IV we exposed Satan's lie that money would somehow "Gives us "Options" or brings us "Freedom."

Let's take a look at our last two "Lies" from the enemy in the "Worldly views" of having riches.

  • Money is your reward, save it, and spend it on yourself.
  • Money is your possession, spend it on whatever you want or desire.

Okay, these last two "Worldly views" are very much closely related so I will look at them together.  The thought on both of these views is that the money we possess is either a "Reward" for our hard work, or that it is "Our possession" to do with whatever we desire.  Here is my point on these two statements:

Money is neither our reward to be "Spent upon our self" - nor is it "Our possession" to be spent upon what we want.  Both of these things are huge "Lies" from the enemy and they will greatly affect our Christian walk.

Jesus spoke of money more than any other subject except the Kingdom of God.  So with that said, let's take a look at What God's Word has to say with respect to these "Worldly views." Let's find out what is said about money being our reward, or that we should either save it, or it should be spent ourselves.

First of all, we are told in Matthew 6:19-24 (See top of the page) not to store up our money or to invest it into our personal treasures here on earth, but to use it for treasure in "Heaven (v. 19).  We are then told that we cannot both serve God and our money - we will end up serving one and despising the other.  

We are told throughout the Scriptures, we are to "Invest" the money God has entrusted to each of us into the lives of others.  We see a great example of our giving and investing into others, and the principle of our being rewarded in 2Corinthians.

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:  "He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever. "Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NKJV)

We need to understand something very important - everything we possess, including our money, is God's - we are just a steward (Manager) who has been given the responsibility and opportunity to use it for the purposes of God.  God owns everything, the earth and all that is in it.

The earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. Psalms 24:1 (NKJV)

God has given us, and will continue to give us great opportunities to invest into the lives of others, but we must give with a proper heart.  

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)

It is easy to give when we know that it is God's money, and it is His desire.  And we need to know that God will judge us for what we have done with these opportunities.  

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV)

I hope that this 5-part devotional series has helped to bring clarity or maybe even remembrance to God's Word - what it says about our needs, our success, our security, our freedom, our happiness, and our worth as His creation.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with respect to the money we posses?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you investing into the lives of others in their time of need?  Are you willing to be a better steward of God's money?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in whom He would have you help, and pray that He would bring opportunities your way.  Trust and obey - now walk in faith.

Father, Thank You for the opportunities that You have given me to help others.  Thank You for the money to be able to invest into their lives.  Father, forgive me for the times where I have foolishly invested into the things of my desires in excess.  Help me to see clearly Your will in these areas.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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