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If you want to find the ancient path and the way where money is concerned, if you want God to bless you. You start by honoring God with your possessions with your finances and with the firstfruits of all your crops.
It began with Cain and Abel solicitor still holds true today honoring God with the firstfruits of your labor on today's destined for victory hello and thanks for stopping by well for the past few days.
Pastor Paul Sheppard has been sharing some of the practical guidelines for living a blessed godly life on earth. Today we come to the matter of money, not a popular subject, but in light of how often it shows up in Scripture unnecessary subject. God is shown is the right way to manage our finances and the rewards for doing so are far more bountiful than all we can ask or think. Stay with us here or visit Pastor Paul.net to listen to destined for victory on demand. You can also download the podcast at Google or wherever you enjoy your youngest Pastor Paul. Today's message what to do with your money. Jeremiah chapter 6, verse 16 it says this is what the Lord says stand at the crossroads them look ask for the ancient paths asked where the good way is, and walk in it, ask for the ancient paths asked where the good way is, and walk in it. Another series is designed to inspire and inform us on how to live by old-school wisdom. I am absolutely convinced that if we are going to be blessed of God in this generation were going to have to understand the world and the world's wisdom in the world system is going in the wrong direction. So you and I must learn to be in the world but not of the world. We are citizens of God's kingdom, we happen to be citizens of an earthly country but really that's a secondary citizenship. My primary citizenship is in the kingdom of God you don't believe that. Check it out am 70 years from right now and see which kingdom you live in you will no longer be living in this country. 70 years from now called all the people now you will be here 70 years from now you will have left this around. But you will still be a citizen of the kingdom of God. If you know Jesus as your Savior. And so he's called us to live by the principle of his kingdom throughout our lifetime. As we will live by them throughout all eternity. So you must understand we've got intentionally defy the systems of the world that go against the teachings of the word of God. Every time the system contradicts the kingdom of God. You gotta go with the kingdom. Remember when they helmed Peter up in the early church and there were trying to get him to stop pretending that I can't do that and they said you better do it wherever you do it and Peter said we must obey God rather than man. Well, it is a conflict between man's will and God's will. You know which way he wanted to go, we gotta say yes to him. So when learning how to do that and I've identified it through this particular passage in Jeremiah where Dobson asked for the ancient path asked what is a good way and walk in and now I want to take this discussion to the area of our money.
We talked about the kingdom more following leadership that God will bless you as you follow leaders is putting your life. We talked about respecting the law of the harvest that God will bless you as you learn the law of sowing and reaping. Now I want to look at some old-school wisdom regarding money. We don't get to some other more friendly topics for you.
We don't talk about old-school wisdom about relationships and that's coming right now. We gotta get in your pocketbook in your wallet because many of us are living under while it pocketbook curse is nothing new about the give you today is nothing new.
Ancient wisdom so that you will get your money in order God does not want your money to continue to be funny.
He does not want your chains to continue to be strange, so we must pay attention to ancient wisdom from the word of God as it pertains to our money. Many of us have lost sight because we have followed the principles and the practices of the world and of worldly people. We just picked up bad habits from the world and from worldly people. Most of you have never taken any serious training did any serious study done any serious reflecting on how God wants you to handle the resources he puts in your hands. Most of us just grew up handling money. However, we started handling and in many cases, if you follow the pattern of your parents and they didn't know what they were doing with money then you just fell into bad practices and so God says listen to me. I'm the one who wants to bless you with wealth.
I'm the one who wants to provide for your needs. Listen to me on the matter of money our societies born in all the wrong directions when it comes to finances is true of individuals and stroke families is true of cities. It's true estate is true of the country as I speak. Our country is $17 trillion in debt. As I present this message, the US obey is $17 trillion in debt was stupid enough to lend us that, money China was part of it. $17 trillion.
Shameful. Used to be powerful nation like this mortgaging is future for silly things.
Look at our state. States are holding that lease in California when I live in cities you check out your city's budget lightly is my balance. In most cases that some pockets of exception, but we've come to believe that it is okay to spend money we haven't learned yet and so it is critical right down the families and to individuals.
The average family that uses credit cards in America today owns more than $15,000 in credit card balances right now. The average family in America that uses credit card cannot all do but of those that do their kind. An average of $15,000 in debt. We lost our way. So let's find our way. Let's find our way to the ancient paths where the good ways.
Lord help me to get my money back together once and for all that all the be the prayer of your heart Lord once and for all. I'm tired of having money drama in my life. Jesus and I'm ready now to get it together. All right, let me give you five patterns five directives five things the Lord wants us to do with our money.
Number one honor God. Every time you receive income, honor God.
Every time you receive income. Proverbs 3 verse nine says honor the Lord with your wealth. Some translations say with your possessions.
It's not talking about amount. It's talking about money out of the Lord with your financial substance out of the Lord with your possessions honor the Lord with your money and he says with the firstfruits of all your crops if you want to find the ancient path and the good way, where money is concerned, if you want to see God's blessings released into your wallet into your pocketbook into your checking and savings accounts, or if you want God to bless you to finally be able to have a savings account. You start by honoring God with your possessions with your finances and with the firstfruits of all your crops. That's the first step you do some of you have to hear God now speaking to you. He says I want to bless you. But the way God blesses you is through you first honoring him some of you want God to bless you and then your promising him after you bless me.
I will turn around and you know we learned in the previous installment in the series.
Luke chapter 16 whoever can be trusted with little can also be trusted with much so you say to God, I only have a little but I'm going to show you I love you I'm going to show you.
You are going to show you that I know you to be the source of this and then I'm going to trust you to bless and multiply it so that all of my needs will be met.
You will honor and you will get into it so you began by honoring God stop telling yourself the lie that one day you're going to be a generous pillar to the kingdom of God. If you're not a generous giver today. You're lying. According to the word of God can't be trusted with little so he says he can be trusted with much and I will give you much coming up next. The rest of today's message what to do with your money with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. If you've never step on your website pastor Paul.net. I invite you to do so when you have some time you'll find all the pastor Paul's recent messages on demand plus a host of great resources that are online store, including books and DVD messages from Pastor Paul. You can also learn more about the ministry and about all the great things friends like you are doing through your prayers and financial support. That's pastor Paul.net has believers in the risen Christ. We are no longer bound by Old Testament law, but we are still called to give 10% of our firstfruits to the church pastor Paul explains why Nexus he continues today's destined for victory message what to do with your money out of the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops your crops not summing across all your crops and recheck to get John a God. Whatever recheck Yana God would every blessing he says any allied government windfall. Some came through the mail you are expecting you got a refund. Some company found out that they hold you money and they send it to you that came into your hand, and the first thing you do is say thank you Lord, because you are my source you want him with the whole thing. So what does that look like well I will honor God. What should I do pastor really what I do.
How much should I give start with the ties. The either the principal when people tell you teachers tell you when not under the law, so we don't try we just get whatever is in our hearts, they may not mean you know what they're robbing you of the blessing the truth of the matter is tied to the principle that predates the law and supersedes the law tithing started way back in Genesis the Lord and show up to exit this and the other books of the Pentateuch started with Abraham have a church attempt, honor the audit.
Melchizedek, with the time it started with Isaac, Abraham's son, he said. In fact, let me read it to you because you all think I'm a mess around Genesis 28 verse 20.
Jacob made about saying if God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I'm taking and will give me food even close to where so that I return safely to my father's household member will be my God, and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house. Once this and although all that you give me Lord, I will give you 1/10 Mrs. Jacob is showing he has learned the principle of honoring God and he has said to God be the risen Moses before there is a law. He says God every time you bless Mama give you 10% of it as my first way of honoring you and that's why Malachi 310 bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, Nestlé, and this is the Lord Almighty and see if I will not throw open the floodgate of heaven and pour out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. So time is the best place to start for honoring God. Now I said in a previous torch of series some of you might be saying pastor I wish I had the faith to go from given next to nothing or give them the tools infuse to giving 10%, but I'm so flooded with that. I've messed things so pastor and I don't quite have the faith to jump from here all the way to the time. First of all, some we don't need to have that phrase you need to develop it real quick.
But is not gonna punish you.
Jesus let a man say to him what I believe but help my unbelief. Some of you all believe, but to give it $20 a week, $50 a week had not because I don't want to get the time that I gave the time it will be $210. I can go from 50 to 210 help my unbelief – you what I've encouraged you to do in the past is set an aggressive standard whereby you will increase your domain immediately. Something that stretches your faith and then say to the Lord God as you bless me.
I will increase this every year until I'm given at least the time. I believe the Lord will help your unbelief. Now some of you all.
The Lord will nudge you and say no you start typing now and if he tells you that listen to him because remember he's trying to get a blessing to you enough time take anything from you. When God tells you to type his knuckles. He needs your money is not because he needs your money on a thousand hills belongs to God. Everything on the below, the God doesn't have the wicked people belongs to God transferring into the kingdom.
Every time he got ready and so God doesn't need your money. He's trying to get a blessing to you. So that's the first thing you want to do the ancient path. The good way where the money is concerned starts with honoring God. Every time you receive income and you do that by giving him a tie or at least begin giving in the direction the aggressive direction of being a tither. Let me give you a suggestion also as to how to do echo some of y'all can be trusted with God's money in your active account. Not strong enough yet. You will get there but you're not strong enough yet and you see it sit in your checking account. If you see it and it is to attest to your ATM.
There goes God's money. Summary God you want to say aloud a minute and expose yourself, but you know I'm telling the truth so here's a suggestion. Separate the Lord's money from your discretionary funds separate his money from your discretionary funds. So if you want to mismanage something this manager's discretionary funds don't mismanage God's money, separated, get yourself a checking account that is your giving account. Your kingdom account.
Whatever you want.
Call it outside a bank to give it to you with no free and put God's money. Tell your employer if you have to do direct deposit to your employer before you give me my money will result in your your accounting department.
10% of this pay 17% of this this account and let it go over there when you said that account up at your bank do not get an ATM card with it.
I'm trying to get some of your blessing. Try to get something all into another category financially. I learned to do that years ago. Not that I have trouble I learned how to type anymore. I never had trouble mismanaging God's money, it just became easier to just put it all in one account and so I've done that for years and is great you set it up another do my giving online.
I've already stored that account information in there. Every time I get a check every time I bless you have a speaking engagement and they help me up God's money goes in there.
He's blessed me so much I can give just 10%. I can get away with that he been too good to me.
I got put Lori Madden 10% when his passion goes in there when I support the kingdom.
I support this local church support ministries and all of that it comes right out of there and then I look at how he blesses the 90%, 85% 80 whatever is left after I've given the kingdom what God has given me the gift, suggesting that some of you will need to take up separate his money so that you wanted to see it till it's time to give you say something I'll have the lust of the eyes, and you see his money in there and is tied to that ATM and you go to the mall and the mall says everything must go, and the devil tells you that means everything must go to your house are one.
One hears point number two ancient past the good way, where money is concerned. Point number two live within your means that thousands have no you didn't get up there and make that point. Just that.
And you need to hear it live within your means you before but I'm telling you God is saying if you will hear my word today I'm ready to release the transfer some blessings.
I got some stuff in storage for you. Obedience to what you say do not only honor me with every income you received but number two live within your means go to first Timothy chapter 6 verses six through nine. First Timothy chapter 6 verses six through nine, Paul says, but godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world, we can take nothing out of it.
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. Now let's rightly divide the word of God.
God is not saying he's against wealth in this passage or in any other passage is not against wealth.
He is against people having wealth as their top or primary focus wealth can't be what you live for.
You got a live for the glory of God and let the wealth come as a result of you being kingdom first figural start. I will money and minimal serve God know you serve God when money or and if you put the kingdom. First, Jesus said in Matthew 633 of you seek first his kingdom and his righteousness everything you need God will give it to you. In other words, if you take care.business he'll take care of your but you gotta be kingdom focus now so let's look through this carefully godliness with contentment is great gain.
You brought nothing into the world. You can't take anything out of it that helps you put your money in perspective. Don't get hung up on money you not leaving with it. Somebody asked a close acquaintance of John Rockefeller when he died decades ago so close acquaintance asked be honest with me how much money did he leave the friend said he left all of it is the final number. The reality is you have 100% of it. You can't take it with you. You all follow versus it's not going with you if you get your will in your living trust. All that laid out you can designate where it goes next. But you are in control of and so he says we brought nothing here you can make and broke my parents were wealthy with their money if they decided to break you also blessed, noted a lot of people in this world who make their kids from for themselves. I saw an interview with one not long ago on television is seriously rich and they were asked about his kids and he said no, that one doing something we don't just like I made mine they got to make their please just give a little low seed money. Thanks so much for being here for today's message from Pastor Paul Sheppard what to do with your money. This message is part of a special five message series called old-school wisdom. We still need today. Look for it email@example.com is someone 07. King David writes then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. If you need prayer today. The destined for victory ministry team would like to join you in prayer from the homepage Pastor Paul.net use the contact feature.
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