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.
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.
Philippians 2:21-22, NKJ “For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.”
Acts 4:29, NKJV “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,”
1 Timothy 6:8, NKJV “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
Romans 14:21, NKJV “It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.”
Colossians 3:2, NKJV “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
1 Corinthians 4:7, NKJV “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”
Hebrews 13:2, NKJV “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
Romans 12:21, NKJV “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Psalm 16:11, NKJV “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
John 15:13, NKJV “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
Psalm 62:5, NKJV “My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.”
Proverbs 23:17-18, NKJV “Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
“What are my responsibilities?” ——- ——- “What are my rights?
Acts 13:2-3, NKJV; CEV
In order to produce healthy followers of Christ we must define what a healthy follower of Christ looks like?
Does this sound familiar to you?
These purposes are nothing new, in fact they’re what we’re all about!
The early church balanced these Five purposes and guess what? They experienced exponential growth and a mighty move of God! Why? Because they were healthy! – Healthy things grow!
***What is Healthy? People who are evangelistic, people who serve (ministry), people who fellowship, people who worship and people who are being discipled! I think “health” may be relative but the point is that every person and every group is striving to grow in each one of these areas.
Evangelism – is the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness or zealous advocacy of a cause.
It’s so important that we touch on evangelism because if we aren’t careful we will become unbalanced!
***The way we balance out that attitude is we must be effective in evangelism. – We want to be inclusive NOT exclusive! – We must keep a stream of new people coming, continually bringing those far from God close to God!
Ezekiel 3:18 – 18 If I say to the sinful man, ‘You will die for sure,’ and you do not tell him of the danger and try to turn him from his sinful way so that he may live, that sinful man will die in his sin. But you will be guilty for his blood.
So, what can we do?
***We want to expose the Alexandria campus to the public, we want to have a good time with families but most importantly we want to bring those far from God close to God! And we have an opportunity to do that!