Honor | Part 17 | #8: Rotting in Their Wealth 05 May

Do you chase the almighty dollar or Almighty God? Learn how to loosen the grip of greed, become more generous, and find financial freedom. #GCHonor

8th Commandment: You must not steal.
Exodus 20:15

 

“Rotting in their wealth”
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We have to stop loving money.

 

When we love money:

  • We steal from God
  • We steal from ourselves

 

Protecting ourselves from the love of $$$:

  • Give it away: “Giving is the antidote to greed.”
  • Say “Thank you.”
  • Vacuum your car

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Key Scripture:

Matthew 6:19–24 (NLT)

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Malachi 3:8–10 (NLT)

8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!

“But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’

“You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

1 Timothy 6:9–10 (NLT)

9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT)

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Have you ever known someone who was wealthy and miserable?  Why do so many people think money will solve their problems?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Matthew 6:19-24.  Verse 21 makes a strong connection between our heart and our money.  Have you felt that connection?  How do you guard your heart from loving money more than God?
  • What did Jesus mean by the eyes being the light of the body?  Why are loving God and loving money mutually exclusive?
  • Read Malachi 3:8-10. Why did God consider the Israelites lack of generosity as robbery from Him?  What was God’s promise of blessing?  Have you found this promise true in your life?
  • Read 1 Timothy 6:9-10.  Why is the love of money the root of all kinds of evil?
  • Discuss this statement:  Giving is the antidote to greed.
  • Read Matthew 25:14-30.  What does this parable teach us about being faithful with the gifts God has given us?
  • How are you faithful with the small blessings in your life?
  • What does it mean to be satisfied in Jesus?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Be a doer of the Word, and commit to a step of generosity and/or faithfulness.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Ask God for His help in resisting the temptation to love money. Praise Him for His faithful provision, and pray for His help in pursuing Him with all of your heart, all your soul and with all your mind.

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Troy Knight

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