Kingdom Business – Part TwoFrom The Heart
Publish date: 04/10/2016
Seek first the Kingdom
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:19-34 KJV
When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. 11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; 17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:10-18 KJV
1. Down through the centuries there have been individuals who lived off 10% and gave God the 90%.
a. Why does that not happen today?
b. In America: Taxes – Foundations – Financial advisers
c. Jesus said in Matthew 22: 21, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.”
d. Your tithe – 10% of your income – your reasonable service.
e. Why couldn’t we be blessed – so blessed - that the 10% is so huge that we could give God the 90%?
f. Give with no plan for a tax break. No strings attached. Even though it is available, don’t let it be your motivation and don’t let it limit you.
2. Put the Kingdom first.
a. We have been involved in business, and made a lot of money, but when the integrity and motivation of the people, involved in the business, became questionable, we opted out.
b. In the past, we were given shares worth $800k, but God spoke to us to hand them back. The Lord protected us, because that man is in jail today.
c. Many people claim they are for the Kingdom – but their actions show that they are not – they are only for their own kingdom.
d. We should be careful not to be involved in anything that violates our conscience.
e. We don’t have to do ungodly things in business to prosper, just because the world does it that way. If we have integrity, in the end we will be more blessed than if we do not.
f. Proverbs 10:22 KJV – “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
3. Make your daily life about Eternity and the Kingdom.
a. Romans 14:12 KJV – “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
b. We will give an account for what we did with our time, talents, treasure, and tongue.
c. Be committed in the local church.
d. Stay committed to the Word of God.
e. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
4. The anointing to create wealth.
a. Deuteronomy 8:17-18
b. I believe that God will bless and favor you with abundance, if you put His Kingdom first