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)