God often uses problems to prepare us for God’s purpose.
God wants to bless you so you can be a blessing.
Ten Insights or Warning to all millionaires
Mark 10:23-25 (NKJV)
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.”
It’s hard for the rich to enter into the Kingdom of God because they want to trust in there riches, because they have more chooses and because they self dependent instead of God dependent. Thank God its hard but not impossible!
It’s Easy To Forget Who Made Us Rich;
“The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He lifts up.”
1 SAMUEL 2:7 (AMP) Yes we worked hard, but there’s a lot of people who work hard that are not rich!
It’s Easy To Forget -We Can’t Take It With Us, But we can send it ahead of us:
“Be not afraid when [an ungodly] man becomes rich, When the wealth and glory of his house are increased; For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.”
PSALM 49:16-17 (AMP)
1 Timothy 6:18-19 (TLB)
“Tell them (The Rich)to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven—it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.”
We can bring our riches to heaven with us, but we sure can send them before us. The safest and best investment in the world in is investing in furthering God’s Kingdom.
It’s easy to forget our faith needs to be in Jesus not our wealth –Our faith needs to be in Jesus not our finances
1 Corinthians 2:5 (NKJV)
“that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth or status] to enter the kingdom of God.””
MARK 10:25 (AMP)
It’s easy to forget God wants us to enjoy our wealth just not put our faith in it – or – not put our wealth before God:
“24 Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.”
Sometimes I feel guilt because I have so much, God does not want us to feel guilty, but to enjoy it, just don’t put Riches before Relationships!
It’s easy to forget we can really only know our heart by we’re we spend our money, time ,& talent:
“for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.”
MATTHEW 6:21 (AMP)
We can follow the money trail and know where our heart is!
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”
Our heart deceitful we can’t even know it!
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. The only way we really know our heart is by the fruit in our lives. Are lives being changed.. It’s easy to forget how to keep our priorities straight
“But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right–the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
MATTHEW 6:33-34 (AMP)
Kingdom – furthering God’s agenda It’s easy to forget God wants our not just our money. It’s easy to forget God’s more concerned in your relationship than your riches. Its easy to forget you can lived off someone else’s commitment are relationship: wife- husband- parent-friend- pastor. It’s is to forget you can be as close to God as you chose to be: It’s easy to forget we have freedom chose but we don’t have freedom from the consequences: Freedom of chose but not free from the consequences
“For since the world through all its [earthly] wisdom failed to recognize God, God in His wisdom was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached [regarding salvation] to save those who believe [in Christ and welcome Him as Savior]. For Jews demand signs (attesting miracles), and Greeks pursue [worldly] wisdom and philosophy, but we preach Christ crucified, [a message which is] to Jews a stumbling block [that provokes their opposition], and to Gentiles foolishness [just utter nonsense], but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles), Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. [This is] because the foolishness of God [is not foolishness at all and] is wiser than men [far beyond human comprehension], and the weakness of God is stronger than men [far beyond the limits of human effort]. Just look at your own calling, believers; not many [of you were considered] wise according to human standards, not many powerful or influential, not many of high and noble birth. But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty]. God has selected [for His purpose] the insignificant (base) things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, [even] the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are, so that no one may [be able to] boast in the presence of God. But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin], so then, as it is written [in Scripture], “HE WHO BOASTS and GLORIES, LET HIM BOAST and GLORY IN THE LORD.””
1 CORINTHIANS 1:21-31 (AMP)
One minute they love you and the Lord, the next minute they are talking about you and going somewhere else. (Jeremiah 17:9-10, NKJV; Psalm 118:8-9, NLT2; 1 Corinthians 2:5, NKJV)
If you don’t understand the fickleness and foolishness of man you will get discouraged, blame God, and give up.The devil’s purpose is to get us to blame God and give up; God’s purpose is to build character and dependence on Him.Once we allow God’s purpose to build character in us, He then gives us new power and peace during any problem and pain.
We learn the faithfulness of God.
We will reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7-10, NKJV)We experience the faithfulness of God when we are faithful. (2 Corinthians 12:1-9, NLT)God is faithful to use what we might feel to be most unfair and painful to use it for our good. (Romans 8:28, NKJV)
We learn how important it is for us to be faithful.
The only true way to enter the Kingdom of God is to allow God to accomplish His purpose for the problems.It’s not simply problems and tribulations that we enter into the kingdom of God, it’s the right response to problems and tribulations.
The greatest need in our life and everyone’s life today is not more money but more of Jesus
Forgotten secret of our true purpose.
When we find and live out our true purpose it greatly reduces our worries, problems, and pains. Jesus is our only true source of meeting all our needs, and anybody and everything else is simply a conduit God uses. Our purpose after salvation is not comfort and pain-free live, it’s doing our part in all we do and we do it to further God’s Kingdom not ours. Apart from Jesus Christ we are separated from God. Our purpose is to bring the Good News to those who don’t have it or have not accepted it. “Bring those far from God close to God. (Matthew 28:17-20) We are not to allow problems and persecution stop us, but redirect us. (Mathew 5;10, NKJV; Matthew 5:10, AMP) The truth is persecution, trials, and problems are the only lasting way to having joy that last. (James 1:2-4, NKJV; NLT2)
Persecution is to lead to patience which is learning to persevere; Patience & Perseverance grows our faith. Our faith has grown and we have learned patience when we are lacking nothing in that area of our life. Wherever your greatest need is where patience will have to be learned. Patience – enduring hardships, suffering, pressures and not quitting or giving up until the task is finished.
- What we allow in our mind really matters. (Acts 14:1-8, NLT2)
- It does matter WHAT and WHO we allow in our minds.
- Poison the mind or protect the mind is greatly determined by what you let in your mind and who you listen to.
- The best person to listen to is God through His Word. (Psalm 33:11, NKJV)
- Second best person to listen to is those who has wisdom in the area you need counsel. (Proverbs 11:14, KJV)
- The purpose of signs and miracles.
- Why did the Lord give them power to do miraculous signs and wonders? –The Jews requested a sign.
- Division brings confusion.
- People can hear the same message and be divided about what they believe and understand.
- That’s why unity is so important, but when we hear something new or different we have to weigh to with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
- Everything good and bad rises and falls on leadership.
- How you respond when you are attacked tells if we have learned patience.
- If we give up and stop serving the Lord, we have not learned patience in that area yet.
Don’t allow problems to cause you to miss your God given purpose.
- Once we are saved we are on a path to help see others saved–God then turns our problems into purpose. (Ephesians 2:10, AMP)
- The good life does not mean a trouble-free life.
- A good life is God’s prearranged path He has for us, some good an some very painful.
- Whether good or bad, God has prearranged us to have joy in the midst of it.
- Satan’s #1 trick to defeating Christians is allowing trouble and problems to keep them from doing what God called them to do.
- God allows Satan to bring problems, pain, and even persecution, but then if we allow it God turns into a
- Paul and Barnabas’ purpose was to preach the Good News — Death, burial, and resurrection heals broken relationships.
- Apart from Jesus Christ we are separated from God.
- Our purpose, bring the Good News to those who don’t have it or have not accepted it. “Bring those far from God close to God.” Matthew 28:17-20
- The truth is persecution, trials, and problems are the only lasting way to having joy that last. (Matthew 5:10, NKJV, AMP; James 1:2-4, NKJV)
- Persecution is to lead to patience which is learning to persevere; Patience & Perseverance grows our faith. (James 1:2-4, NLT2)
- Our faith has grown and we have learned patience when we are lacking nothing in that area of our life.
- Whatever your greatest need is today is where patience will have to be learned.
- Patience – enduring hardships, suffering, pressures and not quitting or giving up until the task is finished.
- Suffering Grace – (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, NKJV; 2 Corinthians 12:10, NLT; 2 Corinthians 12:10, AMP)
- The power of God in us, giving us the desire to do what God called you to do in spite of the problems, stress, pressure, insults, depression, oppression, and weakness and do it with JOY!
- Supernatural Joy, power, energy God gives any and every Christian whose suffering for Christ sake.
- Suffering + Surrendering = Success in the Kingdom of God.
- God uses people, but God needs to get the honor and glory.
Nothing under God’s control can ever be out of control.
Leadership is walking with Jesus and taking others along for the ride
We are delivered from the penalty of sin, not the presence of sin but God has given us the power to overcome sin.