GENEROSITY MADE EASY
WEEK 4 – 22 OCTOBER 2017 6PM SERVICE
JUST HOW DANGEROUS IS MATERIAL WEALTH?
Is having riches a dangerous thing?
Is having possessions likely to keep you out of heaven?
List the kinds of temptations to sin that some people face……
Anger, violence, greed, sexual immorality, jealousy, bitterness, rebellion, etc.
Of all the temptations you face; is materialism one that you consider? Do you recognise that materialism is a danger to your eternal health?
READ THESE 4 SCRIPTURES ABOUT DANGERS OF WEALTH
Mark 10:24-25 AMP
24 And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
Matthew 6:24 AMP No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).
Mark 4:18-20 (AMPC) PARABLE OF THE SOWER
18 And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; 19 Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
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.
What are these verses warning us about?
There are plenty of verses that warn us of the temptations of sexual immorality, anger, bitterness, jealousy etc, Have you realised that the bible says just as much about the danger of material wealth as it does about the danger of sexual sin?
Can you think of any testimonies of people who overcame wealth and the dangers of it and found Christ?
Now can you think of any testimonies of people who overcame poverty or lack, sickness, prison, hate, bitterness etc. etc. and found Christ.
Just what is so dangerous about material wealth????
Having wealth gives you a sense of security, it removes your sense of vulnerability and knowledge of your true poverty – without Christ we have nothing. When you have wealth, you relax, you can enjoy life to some extent, distracted from the looming reality of eternity.
How short our life on this planet is…
James 4:14 (AMPC)
14 Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapour (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].
So, can you have both? That is, wealth and material possessions and eternal life? Jesus said with men it is impossible but with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)
It all boils down to one question, are you serving God or Mammon? Does money have you or do you have money. Giving is easy for someone who has money and impossible for someone for whom money has them.