The Millionaires Warning!

Millionaires often forget why they are millionaires

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:

Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NKJV)

“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)

The Fickleness of Man

(Acts 14:11, NLT2; Acts 14:19-28, NKJV)

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 Forgotten Secret of Our True Purpose

Matthew 6:33-34, NKJV

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)

Important Insights:

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.

 

Character Qualities

  • Availability

     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.”

  • Boldness

     Acts 4:29, NKJV “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,”

  • Contentment

     1 Timothy 6:8, NKJV “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

  • Deference

    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.”

  • Flexibility

     Colossians 3:2, NKJV “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

  • Gratefulness

     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?”

  • Hospitality

     Hebrews 13:2, NKJV “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

  • Initiative

     Romans 12:21, NKJV “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

  • Joyfulness

     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.”

  • Loyalty

     John 15:13, NKJV Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

  • Meekness

     Psalm 62:5, NKJV “My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is  from Him.”

  • Reverence

       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.

 

Character

  1. Character vs. Reputation (Religion)
    1. Reputation is what others think of you.
    2. Character is who you really are.
    3. Reputation is what you are in the eyes of men.
    4. Character is what you are in the Eyes of God.

 

  1. Character vs. Emotion
    1. Does right, then feels good——————Feels good, then does right
    2. Is Driven by Commitment———————–Is Driven by Convenience
    3. Makes principled decisions———————-Makes popular decisions
    4. Actions control attitudes————————-Attitudes control actions
    5. Believes it, then sees it—————————–Sees it, then believes it.

 

“What are my responsibilities?” ——- ——- “What are my rights?

 

The Danger of Jealousy: Four Insight about Jealousy

  1. Jealousy will cause you to miss out on God’s best.
  2. Jealousy will cause us to do and say things we normally never would have said or done.
  3. Everyone struggles with jealousy, but no Christian has to continually live in jealousy.
  4. The only cure for Jealousy is Love.

 

  1. The Danger of Jealousy. (Acts 13:45, NKJV)
    1. Jealousy is birth out of our lack of trust and faith in God. (1Corinthians 2:5, NKJV)
    2. Jealousy is revealed by anger, cursing, bad behavior, and can lead to hurting the other person physically, emotionally, and or spiritually.
    3. Jealousy most often comes upon us as a result of someone else getting the attention we want and feel we deserve. (Mark 7:21-23, NCV)
    4. One of the main reasons for jealousy and speaking evil of others is pride. (Genesis 37:3-4, NKJV)
  2. The Process of Jealousy if not dealt with.
    1. Emotional hatred. (Jeremiah 17:9-10, NKJV)
      1. Our emotions will lie to us and we will self-justify or excuse why we are feeling and saying what we are doing. (John 8:32, NKJV)
    2. Speaking evil against them to others. (Ephesians 4:29-30, KJV)
      1. The real damage of slander and gossip is that it grieves the Holy Spirit and limits the power of God in our life and prayers. (Proverbs 11:13, NIV)
    3. Can lead to physical harm. (Acts 13:50, TLB; Genesis 37:19-20, TLB; Genesis 37:28, TLB)
  • The only lasting cure for Jealousy is LOVE. (1 Peter 4:7-8, NKJV; 1 Peter 4:8, MSG)

 

It’s All About the Worship

Acts 13:2-3, NKJV; CEV

  1. Worship leads to direction.
    1. It is Worship that leads to calling, filling of the Holy Spirit, and giving direction.
    2. While worshipping, we should be listing to what God is saying to us about our calling.
  2. What does Worship mean?
    1. First and foremost an encounter with the living and Holy God.
    2. Loving God. [Matthew 22:36-40, NKJV]
    3. To give divine honor, praise, and to adore. [Psalm 29:2; Revelation 4:11, NKJV]
    4. Different ways to worship and encounter God:
      1. Song, playing an instrument, reading and studying the word, through nature, simply meditating on God’s Word.
      2. Set out/seek out for worship. [Genesis 22:3b; Deuteronomy 4:29]
  • Leave your servants (thoughts, cares, or worries) at the bottom of the hill. [Genesis 22:5] – It is our wisdom and duty, when we are going to worship God, to lay aside all those thoughts and cares which may divert us from His service.
  1. Make the sacrifice. [Genesis 22:9-11]
    1. Money
    2. Ourselves [Romans 12:1]
    3. Praise [Hebrews 13:15]
    4. Prayer [Psalm 141:2]
    5. Broken heart. [Psalm 51:17]
  • Worship then War. [Acts 13:8-12, NKJV]
    1. Many times, after worship comes a spiritual war with the enemy. [Matthew 3:16-17, NKJV; Matthew 4:1- 4, NKJV]
    2. Being filled with the Holy Spirit enables us to handle the war better, much better than when we are not. [Acts 13:6-12, NLT2; Ephesians 6:12, NKJV]
    3. Remember when you are in a battle with someone—spouse, boss, friend, etc., –it might be a spiritual battle.
    4. The best time to worship the Lord—is in the morning before you have to face the world.
      1. When possible it is always better to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship.

Health: How We Measure It

In order to produce healthy followers of Christ we must define what a healthy follower of Christ looks like?

  • And we agree that a healthy disciple or follower of Christ is someone who balances the five purposes!
  • The five purposes are Evangelism – Discipleship – Fellowship – Ministry – Worship.

 Does this sound familiar to you?

  • Evangelism=Found People Find People
  • Discipleship=Growing People Change
  • Fellowship=You can’t Do life Alone
  • Ministry=Saved People Serve People
  • Worship=You Can’t Out Give God

These purposes are nothing new, in fact they’re what we’re all about!

  • We see these purposes all throughout scripture. Example (Acts 2:42-47)

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!

  • That’s why Pastor James is more concerned with who you are becoming as leaders rather than what you are doing!
  • If you are becoming the right person, you will do the right things!
  • So as leaders we want to develop healthy disciples or healthy followers of Christ!

***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.

Life is Short and Death is Sure

  1. Although God is almighty, He does not prevent the death of some of His choicest servants. (Acts 12:1-4)
    1. We need to be very careful when we start pleasing people more than God.
    2. If you oppose the gospel, you might temporarily win, but you will finally lose and lose big.
    3. If you stand for the gospel, you might temporarily lose, but you will finally win and win big.
  2. Since God is almighty, He can easily deliver His servants for humanly impossible situation if it is His will. (Acts 12:5-19, NKJV)
    1. God is most glorified when we are most helpless and have to totally depend upon Him.
    2. Peter’s deliverance is also a picture of how God saves sinners.
    3. God is not limited by our prayers.
    4. A major part of prayer is us getting God’s will in the matter, prayer helps us to learn to totally depend upon God.
    5. Prayer sometimes changes the most impossible situation and makes possible.
  3. God can remove the most powerful and proud human leaders with ease when His ready. (Acts 12:21-24, NKJV)
    1. Earthly glory is short-lived.
  4. Since God is almighty His gospel cannot be stopped by man or any other opposition. (Acts 12:24, NKJV)

 

Fellowship Balanced by Evangelism

Evangelismis the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness or zealous advocacy of a cause.

  • When I say evangelism, I’m talking about any word or deed that is done with the intention of bringing someone far from God close to God!

It’s so important that we touch on evangelism because if we aren’t careful we will become unbalanced!

  • We build relationship with those around us, we form bonds and community as we should but if we aren’t careful we’ll begin to have the attitude, Hey it’s this four and no more!
  • And if we allow this attitude to go unchecked that’s when we become cliquey and unbalanced.
  • There is always going to be a tension between fellowship and evangelism.

***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!

  • As believers have a responsibility to tell people and expose them to this good news!

Ezekiel 3:1818 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.

  • God makes it clear that if people around us are headed for hell and we don’t share the gospel with them, we’re responsible!
  • Everyone this side of heaven owes everyone this side of hell an opportunity to go to heaven!

So, what can we do?

  • Be prepared to share the Good news. I find more opportunities arise to share the gospel when I’m prepared to share the Gospel!
  • Read scripture. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
  • Pray for the lost and pray for God to give you divine opportunities to share the Gospel.
  • Walk with intentionality. – You find what you look for! If you are looking for a person to share the good news with, you will find that person.
  • Invite people to church and invite people to your small group. Consider having a social gathering or BBQ. Some won’t come to church but they will come to eat!
  • Invite people to the special events, Christmas Spectacular! Invite cards are a simple tool!

***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!

  • It’s all about balance, fellowship is great, but let’s balance fellowship with healthy evangelism!