Kingdom Business - Part IVFrom The Heart
Publish date: 04/24/2016
The Use of Wealth
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:3-19 KJV
1. Godliness with contentment is great gain.
a. Matthew 6:33 KJV – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
b. Matthew 6:19-34
2. We brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of it.
a. Be content with food and clothing.
b. Anything more is a bonus.
c. Enjoy the blessings you have now.
d. The love of money is the root of all evil.
e. 1 Timothy 6:9 AMP – “But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing.”
f. Philippians 4:9-13 KJV – “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
g. Learn how to be content, and to act and behave the same, whether you have not enough or more than enough.
3. Let your character and conduct be free from the love of money.
a. Hebrews 13:5 AMP – “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”
b. Let your character and conduct be free from covetousness and the love of money and possessions.
c. Be satisfied with your present circumstances.
d. Be satisfied with what you have.
e. Trust in God – He will never ever fail you.
4.Charge them that are rich in this world.
a. Do not be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others.
b. Do not set your hopes on uncertain riches.
c. Set your hopes on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
d. Do good.
e. Be rich in good works.
f. Be liberal and generous of heart.
g. Be ready to share with others.
h. In this way, you will lay up for yourselves the riches that endure forever and a good foundation for the future, so that you may grasp that which is life indeed.