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“Asking And Receiving”

Posted: September 13, 2017 in Christian Life, Money, Prayer

With her it’s always gimme, gimme, gimme more. And as for him, all he’s concerned about is fame, fortune, power, and pleasure. When one millionaire was asked how much it would take to satisfy him, he responded by saying, “A little more.”

Money. It’s not the root of all evil. Rather it’s “the love of money that is a root of all kinds of evil, from which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” In the same context the Apostle Paul said, “…godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire [resolve] to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition…But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:6-12).

Asking. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the Jews to “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Why then does this seem to work for some and not for others? James, the Lord’s half-brother wrote this to some Jewish Christians who were acting in a carnal manner, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3). What an indictment on these carnal Christians.  Yes, Christians still have their old sin nature, and can act carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1-13; Romans 7:14-25; 1 John 1:8).

Death. If these carnal Christians failed to confess their sins to God first and then to others whom they had offended, they were in danger of dying prematurely (James 1:15; 5:16, 19, 20; See 1 John 1:9; 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.”  If you’re saved, are you acting carnally like an unsaved person and thinking that God doesn’t care what you do (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 11:30; See Psalm 10:11)? God will chasten and scourge His children who act defiantly toward Him and the rules He has laid down for us to follow (Hebrews 12:5-11; John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17).

Thanks. When it comes to our prayer life, all some folks do is ask God for favors. When He grants them their requests, many Christians forget to express their gratitude to Him. When was the last time you thanked Him for the things He did for you or for the things He didn’t give to you that weren’t good for you? Christians are supposed to give thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things (Ephesians 5:20), and for all kinds of men who help conform us into the image of God (1 Timothy 2:1).

Types. While there are eight ways for Christians to communicate with God, three of them concern our requests to God: supplication – crying out to God for help and leaving it up to Him as to how He will answer our request (Ephesians 6:18), intercession – making a request to God for or against someone (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2), or asking in Jesus’ name – a specific request that insures our receiving exactly that for which we ask (John 14:13, 14). This last form involves the believer’s abiding (feeling at ease) in Christ and His abiding (feeling at ease) with the believer (John 15:7). This won’t happen if a believer has unconfessed sins in his/her life or isn’t filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) or walking by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Name It And Claim It. Many false teachers are giving people the idea that they can demand things from God. At the heart of the Word of Faith movement is the belief in the ‘force of faith.’ It is believed words can be used to manipulate the faith-force, and thus actually create what they believe Scripture promises (health and wealth). Laws supposedly governing the faith-force are said to operate independently of God’s sovereign will and that God Himself is subject to these laws. This is nothing short of idolatry, turning our faith—and by extension ourselves—into god.” (1)

Questions. What kind of communications do you have with God? Are your requests greedy ones (James 4:1-3)? How often do you worship God (John 4:24), praise Him (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and give thanks (Ephesians 5:20) to Him? Have all your known sins been confessed to Him (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; See James 5:16)? Have you made foolish vows that you haven’t kept (James 5:15)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

(1) Carnal Christians. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm07.htm

(James 4:7-10 also was written to Christians, not to unsaved people. It is NOT  “the most comprehensive invitation to salvation in the epistles” as John MacArthur says in The Gospel According to Jesus, p. 218 or in his study Bible.  James uses the term “brethren” 15 times in his letter.  There is one condition for salvation: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” – Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) See also “Clear Gospel” below. (3)

(2) Word Of Faith. https://www.gotquestions.org/Word-Faith.html

(3) Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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Jesus said, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). When a millionaire was asked, How much more would it take for you to be content?” he responded by saying, A little more.” But did you know that godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6)? The goal of some people is merely to acquire a lot of money so they can do whatever they want to do rather than what God wants them to do. They want to do it their way by being the “Captain of their own ship” and the “Master of their own fate.” In contrast with this sentiment, one songwriter said it well, “Not what I wish to be, / Nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way? / The Lord shall choose for me, / ‘Tis better far, I know, / So let Him bid me go, or stay.” – C. Austin Miles. When the Lord Jesus Christ is your Shepherd, you shall not want (Psalm 23:1; See Philippians 4:13, 19).

Seven Wonders. Our son, Bill, loved to travel to other countries. During his brief 38 years of life here on earth, he traveled to over 50 countries and to the seven wonders of the world. In doing so, he gained a deeper understanding of people from other cultures and languages. His passion was to try to reach them for Christ by sharing the Gospel with them. By the way, we are still hearing from people whom he met in different countries who recently have learned of his death. He touched a lot of lives.  How are you impacting other people’s lives?  How will they remember you?

Silence In Heaven. According to Bible prophecy, there are three sets of seven judgments (totaling 21 judgments) that will come upon the people of the earth during “The Seven Year Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19) which seems to be just around the corner. We hope you won’t be on earth when they happen. When the seventh “Seal Judgment” comes on the earth, at the middle of the Tribulation, there will be silence in heaven for 30 minutes (Revelation 8:1). For the first time in human history, one mortal man will rule over the entire world. He is the “man of lawlessness” known also as the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). It is very likely that he is alive today, waiting in the wings, ready to step onto the stage to offer peace to a world that will be falling apart right after the Rapture of the true Church (Revelation 6:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Daniel 9:27). This man’s total domination of the world will be limited to the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:15 ff; Revelation 13:1-18). During the first 3 ½ years, he will have to share his power with 10 other leaders from the revived Roman empire (Daniel 2:42; Revelation 17:10-13).

Getting Personal. My friend, you may be exerting a lot of time and energy pursing the accumulation of money and things that are all going to be left behind when you die. I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a trailer behind it. When asked how much the miserly millionaire left behind at his death, someone said, All of it.” Money, in and of itself, isn’t evil. But the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). It is part of the present world system (1 John 2:15-17). Being in the world but not of it (1 Peter 2:11; John 17:16), even Christians must use money and other things in the world system, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). In God (Not Government) We Trust” should be our motto.

Questions. If you died today, are you certain that you’d go to heaven immediately or do you believe that you will have to go to a purging place first? For how many of your sins did Christ die? Was His death for your sins a sufficient payment to God the Father to satisfy His outraged holiness against your sin nature and your sins? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you are quite certain that you will go to heaven when you die, is there anything that could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? I ask you these questions to stimulate your thinking so that you will base your confidence of getting into heaven on what God has said in His Word, not in some feeling that you may have. Eternal security and assurance of salvation can be yours today.

Knowledge. Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel that Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, aren’t enough to save you. Even demons believe that there is one God, and yet they aren’t saved (James 2:19). We’re not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Neither are we saved by making promises to God that we will never sin again or that we will make Jesus the Lord and Master of our life in exchange for salvation (Lordship Salvation). No, the only condition for our salvation is, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily) and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Don’t be among those who believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) by adding to the conditions of the Gospel or by failing to believe the on Christ alone for your salvation.

Help. We’re here to assist you if you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny in heaven with God. Why not gain assurance of your salvation today (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)? Only then can you begin to live and enjoy the abundant life that God planned for His children to live (John 10:10). Don’t confuse this with the false “Health, Wealth, Happiness Gospel” that has brought a lot of sorrow and bitterness to those who have been misled by false prophets and teachers. If you’d like to learn the truth from God’s Word that can set you free (John 8:32), we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and also ask you to share this with someone else. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

As the God-man, Jesus is omniscient and knows all about us (John 2:24). Does this comfort you or bother you? He formed Adam out of the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of lives – physical and spiritual life. He made man with a spirit that belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23), a soul that is associated with our emotions (Matthew 26:38; 1 Peter 1:9), and a body with which we express ourselves to others (Romans 8:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Concern. The Jewish people who were following Jesus around were primarily concerned about their physical needs. They merely wanted to be healthy, wealthy, and happy. Isn’t this what most people, including many people who profess to be Christians, want for themselves and their family? There are plenty of “greedy preachers” (Isaiah 56:11; 2 Peter 2:15) with itching ears who will tell people what they want to hear and promise such things to their followers if they will “sow their seed of money” to them (2 Timothy 4:3, 4). It’s known as the “Seed Faith” principle.*

First. Jesus met the basic physical needs of over 5,000 people before telling them about Himself. He was “The True Bread” that came down from heaven so that they could have their spiritual hunger satisfied. For the most part, His words fell on deaf or unreceptive ears. Most of the people were confused when He said to them, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54). The Jews were forbidden to drink blood (Leviticus 17:10ff). He clarified their misunderstanding by saying, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Some folks in Christendom have taken Jesus’ words to mean that when a priest blesses the bread and the cup, they turn into the literal body and blood of the Lord. We don’t believe that this passage is talking about the Lord’s Supper. It wasn’t instituted until the night He was betrayed by Judas (John 13:24; Luke 22:17ff). We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the Person of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:24-26). We do not believe it involves the re-crucifixion of Christ. He died once and for all for our sins (Hebrews 10:10). We’re to look back to the cross where our salvation was purchased for us and we are to look forward to His return for us in the future. “Perhaps today!” We don’t believe that a person receives Christ by eating these elements (John 1:12).

Grace. It is unmerited favor from God. It is not the help that God gives to a person when he is sprinkled as a baby so he can keep the Sacraments and earn his salvation. Salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). It takes God’s efficacious grace to bring a person to the point of salvation. Without it none of us would come to God for salvation (John 5:40). Why? The unsaved man is “[spiritually] dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9; See Romans 3:10-23).

Permanent. Once a person becomes a true Christian he is saved forever. Eternal life is not temporary or contingent on our good works. A Christian has been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 5:1; 8:1). He is being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14). He will be saved from the presence of sin when he dies (Romans 8:23). The ultimate salvation of his body and soul (emotions) will occur at the Rapture (Romans 8:23; 1 Peter 1:9; 1 John 3:2). The only part of the Christian that is saved now is his spirit (1 Corinthians 6 :17; Romans 8:14-17). That is why we must not depend on our souls (emotions) to direct our lives (See 1 Corinthians 9:25-27). We need to be led and filled by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 25).

Satisfaction. When God saves a person, He brings true satisfaction to that person’s heart (John 6:35). Jesus said, “He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Jesus can fill those who come to Him in faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is [exists], and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). He also said, “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28, 29).

Glorification. God always finishes what He begins (Philippians 1:6). He has promised never to leave or forsake His children (Hebrews 13:5). Are you a child of the devil or a child of God (1 John 3:9, 10; John 8:44)? We don’t become children of God until we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. He died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Rather than spending eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Jude 1:13), true Christians in heaven will experience fulness of joy in God’s presence (Psalm 16:11; Revelation 21:3-5).

Gift. The gift of eternal life must be received by faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Otherwise it is of no value to the person for whom it was intended. Have you received it yet? Are you absolutely sure that if you died today you’d go immediately to heaven? Do you think that you have to go to a purging place before entering heaven? Do you believe that there is any possibility of losing your salvation once you receive it? How secure are you?

Sharing. If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31), what are doing to share the Gospel with others so they can be saved? Are you a living example of what God can do in the life of a believer who is fully yielded to Him? If not, what needs to change?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you? Will you help us help others by forwarding this to someone who might be helped by it? To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

*The “Seed Faith” Principle: https://www.raptureready.com/rr-evil.html

Biblical New Testament Giving: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/giving/

New Commandment. “A new commandment I [Jesus] give to you [disciples], that you love one another [fellow Christians] as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another” (John 13:34, 35).

Love/Hate. “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother [or sister in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also” (1 John 4:20, 21).

Application. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him” (1 John 3:16, 17; See 2 Thessalonians 3:4-15; Proverbs 6:6).

Grace. In the “Dispensation of Grace” in which we live (Ephesians 3:2), one of the great privileges of each believer is Christian giving.  We all have time (24 hours each day), talents (spiritual gifts), and treasure (money).  Giving is just one of the spiritual sacrifices we may offer up to God (Hebrews 13:15, 16; Romans 12:1, 2).

O.T./N.T. In the Old Testament times, some of the Jews’ sacrifices were bloody while we, as New Testament priests, offer non-bloody sacrifices to God (1 Peter 2:5, 9). The Jews, under the Mosaic Law, were also required to pay three tithes amounting to 23% (Numbers 18:20-32; Deuteronomy 14:23-29) plus taxes.  “Tithing under the [Mosaic] law was mandatory, giving under grace is voluntary.”   – Dr. M. R. DeHaan

Guidelines For Christian Giving

l. It is to be exercised in a spiritual manner, preceded by the giving of self (Romans 12:1, 2), as exemplified by (a) the Macedonian believers, who “…first gave of themselves to the Lord…see that you abound in this grace also….” (2 Corinthians 8:5, 7), (b) the Lord Himself (2 Corinthians 8:9), and (c) God the Father (2 Corinthians 9:15).
2. It is to be done 
voluntarily and cheerfully“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
3. It is to be performed with 
regularity“On the first day of the week let each of you lay something aside…” (1 Corinthians 16:2).
4. It is to involve 
every person“…let each one of you lay aside…” (1 Corinthians 16:2).
5. It is to be rendered on a 
proportionate basis. “…as he may prosper…” (1 Corinthians 16:2).

God has promised to reward those believers whose lives are marked by sacrificial devotion to Him and His work. “…He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).

Someone has said, Under grace, God doesn’t look at the amount on the face of the check, but on the balance left on the tab. “ The man who makes $10,000 a month and gives 50% to the Lord still has far more left than the widow who gives 10% out of her meager allowance of $800 a month.”  Grace teaches us that our giving as Christians is not a legal obligation, but is a blessed privilege and becomes a measure of our love for God and His children.  Whose child are you – the devil’s or God’s (1 John 3:8-10; John 8:44)?

Some Additional Thoughts

What our giving does:
1. It 
brings honor to God Who blessed us with all physical and spiritual blessings. Proverbs 3:9
2. It 
expresses our gratitude to Him. Ephesians 5:20
3. It 
brings spiritual joy. Philippians 4:4
4. It 
helps meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of people everywhere. Philippians 4:15-19; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4
5. It will 
demonstrate our faith in God’s ability to provide for us in the future. Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8

Motives And Rewards

Only when one gives with a proper motive is it pleasing to God. The primary motive for giving should be the glory of God (2 Corinthians 8:19; 1 Corinthians 10:31). The secondary motive is for the welfare [love] of others, especially believers (Galatians 6:6-10; John 13:34, 35).  

A Christian’s giving should be made with (1) forethought (2 Corinthians 9:7), (2) regularity (1 Corinthians 16:2), (3) priority to the local church where one is being fed and cared for spiritually (Galatians 6:6-10; 1 Timothy 5:17,18), and (4) the Holy Spirit’s leading (Romans 8:14).

Note: Divine compensation for faithful stewardship doesn’t guarantee financial prosperity or robust health. But one can have true joy, peace, satisfaction, and hope which money can’t buy. God’s compensation plan is “out of this world.” (See Romans 8:18)

Action: Ask yourself, “What do I need to do with this information now?”  Read James 4:17.

Questions. Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you think you’re going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that could cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you’re saved, are you growing in the Lord (2 Peter 3:18), serving Him by serving others (1 Peter 4:10), and sharing the Gospel with the lost (Acts 1:8)?

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Then please share it with someone else who could use the information too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Clear Gospel Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415

For more information about Christian giving, consult “As The Ushers Come Forward” by Herbert VanderLugt and “The Grace Of Giving” by Richard DeHaan. (Some of the information in this article was adapted from these publications.)

We all need money or a medium of exchange with others if we want to secure their goods and/or services. Money is not evil in itself (1 Timothy 6:10) but it can be secured illegally (Ephesians 4:28) and used for inappropriate purposes (Isaiah 55:2; James 4:3). It is a part of this present world system over which the devil rules (Ephesians 2:2; Genesis 4:20). The maturing Christian is told, Do not love the world or the things in the world…” (I John 2:15-17). We can’t love God and the diabolical world system that is passing away, at the same time.

So what? The believer needs to learn how to use the present world system without abusing it (1 Corinthians 7:31). When he does this, he will bring glory to God and blessing to others along life’s path. Most of the Christian’s rewards will be “out of this world.” We’re Managers, Not Owners.

God Owns Everything

He created it. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1; See Psalm 50:10; 89:11; 95:5; Haggai 2:8; John 1:3). This includes the visible things (2 Corinthians 4:18; Hebrews 11:3) and the invisible things (Romans 1:20; Colossians1:16; Hebrews 11:1).

He maintains it. “[He] created the heavens and stretched them out, [He] spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, [He] gives breath to the people on it…” (Isaiah 42:5, 6). Being omnipotent, He holds all the molecules together (Colossians 1:16, 17; See 2 Peter 3:10-13). He has allowed the devil and mankind to govern the earth for a little while (Ephesians 2:2; Genesis 1:26).

He purchased it. “[He] bought [us] at a price…” (1 Corinthians 6:20). This included all of humanity (1 Peter 1:18, 19; See Psalm 2:8, 9; Revelation 19:16). But the full benefits of salvation only come to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (1 Timothy 6:17; 2 Peter 1:3).

God Has Entrusted To Christians

Spiritual Blessings. We have all spiritual blessings from the moment of our salvation (Ephesians 1:3; Psalm 103:1-22). They are all undeserved on our part and come through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Most Christians don’t know how blessed they really are. Every true Christian is said to be “in Christ” by the spiritual baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17). If you’re a Christian, what do you know about your position in Christ and your possessions in Christ?

Emotional Blessings. While “peace with God” comes once and for all at the moment of our salvation (Romans 5:1), the “peace of God” comes and goes as the believer mixes or fails to mix the promises of God with faith (Hebrews 4:2; See Psalm 4:7, 8; 97:11). Since the soul of the believer isn’t saved yet (1 Peter 1:9), the saved spirit of the believer (1 Corinthians 6:17) must maintain control over the soul (i.e., the emotions) and the body that isn’t saved yet either (Romans 8:23). Only then can a believer hope to earn the “incorruptible crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27) to give to the Lord when he sees Him face to face at the Bema Seat Judgment (Revelation 5:10; See 1 Corinthians 3:12-15;1 John 3:2).

Material Blessings. The Old Testament Jews were promised material blessings if they were obedient to the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 28:1ff). But if they were disobedient, they would be cursed and chased out of the land that God promised to them (Deuteronomy 28:15ff). One day they will get all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). God has not cast His people (i.e., the Jews) away forever (Romans 11:1). New Testament believers are promised food for our stomachs and clothing (i.e., a covering) for our bodies (1 Timothy 6:8). But God has blessed us with for more than just these things. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17; See 1 Corinthians 4:7). Have you thanked Him for what you have? Have you thanked Him for the things you don’t have that easily could become idols to you?  Don’t make things into idols that could come between you and God (1 John 5:21; See Exodus 20:4-6; Galatians 5:20). Delight yourself in the Lord, not in things. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

God Expects Us To Manage His Resources Well

Accountability. We’re to act like stewards (i.e., managers), not owners (1 Corinthians 4:2; See Ephesians 3:1ff). We will give an account to God someday as to how we spent our time, talents (spiritual gifts) and treasures (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 4:10). We are not to give needless offense to other people (Romans 12:18; 1 Corinthians 10:32; 2 Corinthians 6:3).

Rewards and Crowns. There are five crowns that Christians can earn for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The “Incorruptible Crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25), the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20), the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8), the “Crown of Life” (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10), and the “Crown of Glory” (1 Peter 5:4). Do you how to earn them?

Future. Most of our rewards for faithful service to God and others are yet to come (Romans 8:18). “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that you labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). So “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

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If you had access to a person’s check book, bank statement, and his day planner, you could learn a lot about him and the things that really matter to him.  In His parables Jesus often spoke about money.  He wasn’t a fundraiser. But He dealt with money matters because money matters. For some of us, though, it matters too much.

Every true Christian should share God’s thoughts  on the subject of money.  With this in mind, and since all of us will give an account of himself/herself to God (Romans 14:12), we invite you to look up the Biblical answers to the following questions.

From whom do good and perfect gifts come? James 1:17

Who else can provide desirable things? Matthew 4:3, 6, 9; 2 Peter 2:15

How does God want us to do our work? Ephesians 6:5-8; Proverbs 6:6

Who enables us to work and gives us strength? Philippians 2:13; 4:13; John 15:5

Who ultimately is responsible for promotions? Psalm 75:6; Daniel 4:17, 25

What does a maturing believer’s giving express? Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:19

Why do many carnal / legalistic Christians give? Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1

How are poor people often abused by false teachers? Isaiah 56:11; 2 Peter 2:19

What did Jesus say about poor people? John 12:8; See Galatians 6:10

Who are “the least of these My brethren,” and how is this twisted by false teachers who promote a “Social Gospel?”*  Matthew 25:40; Revelation 7:4-8

What happened to two believers who lied about their giving? Acts 5:5

What doesn’t God want believers to do? 1 Timothy 6:10. See Matthew 6:9, 10

Who can/doesn’t benefit from our giving/not giving? Romans 15:26

How many tithes and what total percentage were the Jews required to give? Why?  Numbers 18:20-32; Deuteronomy 14:23-29; Malachi 3:8-12

What percentage of his income should a Christian give?  Why? 0%, 3%, 10%, 23%, 50%, 90%?  Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7

To whom should a believer give? Galatians 6:6; Philippians 4:14-16; 1 Timothy 5:8-17; 1 Corinthians 9:7-14

To whom should we not give? Proverbs 5:10; 2 Corinthians 11:11-13; 2 John 1:11

Who gave to you your time, talents, treasure? 1 Corinthians 4:7; Acts 17:28; 1 Peter 4:10

How are you using/abusing them? Be honest! 1 Corinthians 7:31; 10:31

Is God pleased/grieved by your actions/inaction? 2 Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 4:30; James 4:17

What can/can’t we lose at the Bema Seat Judgment? 1 Corinthians 3:14; John 10:28, 29

What’s wrong with the “Health, Wealth, Prosperity Gospel”? 1 Thessalonians 2:5; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 13:5; 2 Peter 2:3**

Why won’t socialism/communism work today? Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23  (Watch an animated video.***)

Do you view yourself as an owner or a manager of the resources you have? Luke 12:15ff; 16:1ff

What good would it be for you to gain the whole world and lose your own soul? Mark 8:36

What do we need to do to be saved? Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4

With God’s help, what changes will you make in your life?  Why? James 4:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Help.  We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).  We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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**The Most Evil Man.  https://www.raptureready.com/rr-evil.html

***Socialism. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=animated+video+socialism+won’t+work&qpvt=animated+video+socialism+won%27t+work&FORM=VDRE#view=detail&mid=6562BF04F34168B853CC6562BF04F34168B853CC

“Don’t leave home without it.” This is what one credit card company wants people to do. But what if that card isn’t accepted in some places you visit? What if it gets lost and you have no way of getting another one?

Money. With all the needs that people have today, is it really possible for one card to meet all of man’s needs? They tell us that money can buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; a passport to everywhere but heaven.

Needs. What about our emotional, mental, and spiritual needs? How can they be met? Rather than our looking at another human being who might fail us, may we invite you to consider a very special Person? If, somehow, you could become intimately united to Him, you would really have all you truly need when you really need it (Philippians 4:13, 19). Let’s be honest, some of the things we crave aren’t really what’s best for us.

The Person. God is a spirit being (John 4:24). As such, we currently can’t see Him with the limited bodies we have now. (See Matthew 5:8.) In order for mankind to understand God better, One of the three Persons in the Godhead volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature that includes a body, soul, and spirit. This is called “The incarnation.” It occurred abut 2,000 years ago when the Lord Jesus Christ was born of the virgin, Mary.

Sign Miracles. The Apostle John recorded 7 sign miracles that Jesus performed to demonstrate to the Jews of His day that He was all that He claimed to be, the God-man, equal to God the Father in every way (John 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9) and the promised Messiah (Christ) that the Jews longed to have come to them (John 20:31).

Grace/Truth. These qualities were wrapped up in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace is an extension of God’s love that was displayed to mankind as Christ hung on the cross to pay the debt of sin that we all owed to God (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9). We know that God the Father was satisfied with His payment on our behalf because He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heaven (Romans 4:25; Ephesians 1:20).

The Epitome. Truth was epitomized in Christ who claimed to be the only way to God the Father, the absolute truth, and the giver of eternal life (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). He always spoke the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) even when He drove out the money changers from the Temple (John 2:15). Without a change of mind (true repentance) they would perish (Acts 2:38). His Word tells us the truth about our sinful condition and offers to us the remedy for our sins (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8; Acts 16:31). Jesus displayed grace (unmerited favor) to the woman caught in adultery and told her to go and sin no more (John 8:11).

Waves. Someone has described God’s grace to be like the waves of the ocean that keep on coming wave after wave. It’s extended to us from the time of our conception until the day we die. It comes to us in our times of sorrow, sadness, and unexpected reversals in life. It comes when our responsibilities and burdens increase. And it comes to us as we get older and closer to death. But have you responded to His grace and placed your faith in Christ alone to save you (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? If not, why not now?

Friend. My father’s theme song for his radio broadcasts in Japan for 35 years was, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” It goes on to say, “All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” – Joseph Scriven. Are you bearing burdens that should be cast on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7)? He cares for and laid down His life for His sheep (John 10:11-18). Are you one of His sheep? Would you like to become one?

Shepherd. Can you honestly say “The Lord [Jesus] is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:1-3)?

Questions. Is your faith resting in God and His promises concerning eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24)? Do you have assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13)? If you’ve trusted Him for the biggest decision of your life, why not trust Him on a daily basis for your every need (Romans 1:17). He knows and cares for His own (Psalm 23:1; John 10:14; 1 Peter 5:7).

Suggestions. Memorize, meditate, and claim the promises that God has given to Christians (Hebrews 4:2). Live and enjoy the “Faith/Rest Life” and the “Abundant Life” now (John 10:10).  Display the “Fruit of the Spirit” as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23; Romans 8:14). Be a good influence to others by the words you say and the deeds you do. Do it all for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10).

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