Managing God's Money
Pastor Ron Johnson
Jesus explains in a really straight forward manner that you can tell where a person’s heart really is by identifying what he or she __________ (Matt 6:19-21).
Out of the ____ parables Jesus taught, ____ specifically addressed how we should handle earthly treasure (42%).
He spoke about stewardship even more than Heaven and Hell (approximately once every ____ verses).
The Bible contains more than 2,000 references to ______, ________ and _____________.
So if God is comfortable talking about money and stewardship regularly, the church should be too.
Much of what Pastor Ron is sharing this morning can be found in Dr. MacArthur’s concise and helpful book on stewardship entitled Whose Money Is It Anyway?
If I’m ever going to be the type of steward God’s called me to be with my resources, it begins with thinking about money and earthly possessions like God does and one of the first things I need to keep in mind is
1) ALL riches __________ ________ ________.
In 1 Chron 29:12 King David acknowledged that "all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours... Both riches and honor come from ________.
Deut 8:18 even reminds us to “remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth".
Not only do all riches come from God, but...
2) God _______ everything.
In Ps 24:1 the word of God declares "The earth is the Lord's and _____ it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it". *Note - this even includes you!
Hag 2:8 reminds us that according to God "The silver is mine and the gold is mine declares the lord of hosts."
So if God owns everything (including you) is it even possible to gain or acquire anything that's not already His?
It's actually a freeing thing to recognize you no longer have to scrape, claw and fight to get what the world tells you is yours when God says it's actually His.
Now that may sound easier said than done, right? But I want you to know that it's possible to not only believe that, but ______ like you believe it when you understand…
3) God _____________ everything.
According to the Bible, "God sovereignly controls all circumstances for His own ends."
Isa 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My _________ shall stand, and I will accomplish all my ___________.'
Job 23:13 says "But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does."
Prov 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Prov 21:1, 30 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will... No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.
You and I can be at ease when money's tight because all riches come from Him, He owns and is in control of everything and finally....
He ____________ everything.
In fact, one of the great Hebrew names for God emphasizes this fact and in Gen 22:14 He's referred to as Jehovah Jireh "the Lord who provides".
That's why David could confidently proclaim in Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
Church family.... ALL RICHES COME FROM GOD... He OWNS EVERYTHING... He's in control of EVERYTHING and He will PROVIDE for you.
So if these things are true, and they are. It doesn't make sense for us to be stingy toward Him with His money, right?
As God grows you in your faith and you grow in generosity toward Him, you'll find that you'll be able to give a lot and somehow still have all that you need and that's because... as we SHOVEL OUT, God SHOVELS IN and His shovel is A LOT bigger than ours.
Prompts for Personal Reflection / Application
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
1) Is it hard for you to recognize that all riches come from God? Why?
2) Do you consider the fact that God owns everything to be a freeing concept? Why or why not?
3) How can understanding God sovereignly controls all circumstances for His end comfort us? Why can this be such a challenge for us to grasp at times?
4) Read Matt 6:25-34 and ask God to speak to your heart about His promise to provide for you.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.