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January 22, 2021 7:00 am
Dr. Tony evidences there's a cure cripples families, marriages, and threatened our economy since you must establish God as source changes everything. Celebrating 40 years of faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative I wanted and I wanted now sounds like something you'd hear from a toddler having a tantrum. Dr. Evans is whether we realize it or not, that's the attitude there's gotten so many households into so much that let's join Dr. Evans as he talked about ways to break that bondage. My challenge today is to tell all listen to what God has to say how to get out of debt.
God has like in every other area and answer to your financial. The problem is that God can't get people, including his people to pay attention and as a result the addiction today has become the newest form of slavery.
Proverbs 22 seven says the borrower is a slave to the lender and many people know what it is to be enslaved to bills to be owned by them. In our story in verse one of second Kings. We have a single parent who can't pay her bills.
Her husband died. The provider for the home is not there.
She cannot make ends meet and finds herself subjected to the creditors being subjected to the creditors has placed her whole family in disarray, for she says they come to take my two sons that is to work off the debt. Many families know what it is to be disturbed by bills instead of planning for the future.
We live our lives paying for the past because of you owe $8000 you pay minimum payments. You will be paying for 21 years and have paid $21,000 to liquidate that expense. Let me be inextricably clean debt is to be reliable not normal in the life of the believer. Therefore, if you are living in. If you have more money. It is because you are living outside of the will of God.
God makes it clear in Psalm 37 verse 21 the wicked borrow and do not pay. He describes it as wickedness that does not mean the absence of bills that is having bills.
You do not or cannot pay this lady goes to the prophet.
In other words, she made a ritual connection with as much with the prophet she needed God to intervene in her circumstances.
It is unfortunate today that believers separate God from the subjects of economics and finance. Luke 16 verses 10 and 11 says that if God can't talk to you in this area. He will not talk to you. He said if I can't trust you here that I can trust you elsewhere because this is an indicator life of whether you take God seriously. Illegitimate debt exists for a number of reasons. Number one, there is ignorance of God's method of handling your resources. People just don't know if they knew they would do it but they could never been told about it. So some people just don't know it. Some people know it and don't like it like a lot of things in Scripture.
They rejected and so they have to bear the consequences of the rejection I got that the information not the obedience. One of the main reasons that this problem does not go away is greed wanting to live a lifestyle of indulgence buying things you don't need with money you don't have to impress people you don't know and so they keep themselves spending with all the commercials and all the advertisements and you can't do without this and this is now new and improved, and they gravitate and greed takes over. And then there's another reason then that is poor planning, and I will show you what the Scripture says about.
So now I am going to walk you through three words if I can get you to believe God's word because I'm going to give you the three words from the Bible. If I can get you to buy these three words apart from trials that God may send your way will allow you to experience you will begin to see a reversal of financial consequences where you are living your life in that and this thing, this evil has got people by the throat and strangling most people think when they are in this situation.
I just need more money to make more money. I need a better job.
So what they will do is jump outside of God's will to get more money. Thinking that more money to solve the problem. But if you get more money with the same mind. That's why you have rich people go bankrupt. If you got the same mind, are you going to do given time is revert to the same situation. Three words will begin a process of rolling back the consequences of debt gives save, spend three principal words gifts they spent on God on yourself and then spin what you have, you're going to reverse the consequences of that, you must establish God as your source.
You say, but most people even Christians.
They may use the word God is not there source, the job is this source, the bank is there source. The stock market is there source.
Therefore all one is there source, but if you make it your source rather than merely a source that major depending on that to fix your problem and that is idolatry, and thou shalt have no other gods before me. Even your job.
You must establish God as your source. In Deuteronomy chapter 14 verse 23 God said to his people. You are to bring the time to me to demonstrate that you take me seriously.
I want to see whether you recognize me as your source and the way you not by just saying you do.
The way you went is by honoring me with the firstfruits, which was the time, the firstfruits of what I give you as proof that you are seriously believing that I am your source must be Danny Simpson, Danny Simpson robbed the bank to store my bike in Ottawa, Canada robbed the bank and install $6000. The gun is used throughout the bank with was a 1918 semiautomatic cult were the hundred thousand dollars. He did a $6000 robbery using $100,000 done. The problem is, he did know what he had other people to know what he had missed it would be worth going to jail for $6000 if you knew you had once God becomes your source you no longer cooled by your resource resource know you anymore because God could use any source people's any resource he wants one seizure source changes everything. Okay, so moving along, establish God's ownership first. Secondly, you say before you spend, you do not say if you haven't left like you do not give you honor God for you on yourself. The Bible says it is a wicked man who does not leave an inheritance for his children's children, you supposedly take helping to take care of your grandkids. When I living are given how dense, relieving them home country kids a $20 trillion. No no no no no you say first. The Scripture says in Proverbs 2120.
In chapter 30 verse 25. Say before you spend, you honor God you honor you do not live your life and work your life for every body else you. You must develop a mindset that having on God you are you saving Joseph told Farrell you got to say upfront when the bad days, it is nine expenditures today so you have something tomorrow for who knows what. Another day will bring. But if you spend spend UK save save save you have nothing to show for your work, your labor, Dr. Evans will come back to tell us about the next app in the process when he continues her message just a moment first.
So what you're hearing today is just one part of Tony's life-changing series you turn reversing spiritual consequences. This collection will teach you what it takes to turn your life in a whole new direction. Even if you spent years dealing with issues like financial responsibility, substance abuse, sexual promiscuity or family since they go back generations to expand on these lessons. Tony is just written a helpful companion book titled U-turns reversing the consequences in your life together, these two resources can help you finally discover how to reverse flaws and failures that you thought were irreversible requesting right away and will send you the book in all 12 lessons in the U-turns series on both CD and digital download is our gift when you make a donation to help support Tony's ministry and if you're wanting to gain an even deeper understanding of this important subject. Dr. Evans has produced an in-depth U-turns Bible study kit and DVD featuring custom content for six sessions, including tips on how to lead a group study on this topic.
You can find out how to get this entire package of you turn resources when you visit us at Tony Avenue and start or. Again, that's 2011 start or the or let one of our resource team members help you with your request, day or night at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222. Dr. Evans will come back with more of today's message right after this one of the church led the way towards racial reconciliation with God's people routinely offer the gospel as the remedy to the hatred that plagues our society. What is the loudest voice for truth and love and justice came from those across racial lines to profess Jesus is Lord the answer is that nothing will be able to stop the advancement of God's kingdom.
That's the call, Dr. Tony issues in his book oneness embraced your copy of oneness embraced today to say that must be a shift. It means you must be computer oriented seek.
If you do not seek kids to be future oriented that what they do everything they want. They wanted right now about the future, but that mom and daddy's also told when it comes to eternity is that you must be future oriented. Now, after you establish God as your source after you become future oriented because what stops being future oriented and spending it all now that you spend. You spent but you spend.
According to Scripture with a plan. Proverbs 16 three Proverbs 21 five. God honors the plan of the diligent will even give God something to bless Otis bless me and the proof that we give God something the blast in order to get our needs met is play the lottery know you give God a plan with what you have left. Proverbs 16 321 five and you do it in this order unit is to give the order for spending the biblical order making stuff up the biblical order for you to spend number one you start with me. The Bible says to be content with your needs being met. The essentials of life food close, and shelter.
Philippians 419 is a great promise in Scripture promises to those who have their things in order. He says my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus is a meeting God. He loves to meet needs. You start with me then you will graduate to wants a want is a higher level of need. For example, I made transportation as a legitimate because we have to work. You don't need a what you may is dependable transportation unit 11 in a nice apartment but you want a five bedroom four car garage to the house that is fine, but you better give thanks that is a roof over your head that you're not sleeping under a bridge. Then comes designers, designers are things outside of any of those areas that you do with surplus.
God is not against Stevens and I will give you the desires of I know this is hard to accept.
For many, but is like getting in shape is hard, but when you start losing weight is worth it for this means a resetting of recalibrating of your priorities may mean filling your desires so that you can adjust your wants to make sure you met your needs selling your desires. If it's necessary, and start again the right way. Okay, so let's close, but let's go back to our Lady thinking school. The creditors are knocking at the door, shared desperate, but recognizing that this is a spiritual issue and not just the financial issues. She goes to Elisha, and says I'm stock. Elijah asked her to questions in verse two, he says, what shall I do for you what you need and tell me what is in your house. What do you have when minimizing I told you creditors at I need to be able to pay off my bills since what I need. In fact, everyone know the truth, I got all the gun support this important is it is in the pantry. Anything is a little oil. Show me the money with accredited money. Elisha says is what you do, go to your neighbors and borrow from them all the empty pots don't borrow a few get as much. Watch this of your neighbors, emptiness enterprise get get all the emptiness and bring it to your house just tell me what body part for Luke when body goes on to say. Then go into a room and shut the door. Why, because what God is going to do. He's going to do in secret.
This is not for public consumption. Then I want you to pull the oil into the pouring oil into the that you borrow from the neighbors so she went. She got she starts pulling into the empty plan is fully supportive of this practice practice practice but oil keeps coming this COMMON should tell the sun don't get me another is that the path we have ones that happen. She thought with a little job in our closet. But God had not been attached to the oil to shape what God could do with the little when he got a chance for God to turn it into something totally different when I'm trying to tell you the solution to God that you already have be looking at it and not even know it's there because God never got booked up with it, but when God got hooked up while she is nestled he says now go back and sell to your neighbor and you and your son can live on the rest retire girlfriend has gone from an oriole program in one day with retirement benefits of the job because when I'm trying to tell you is what you get in line with God and God begins the move to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or think. Luke 630 87 give, and it nothing you give will be added back to you. It will be passed down right and all the other people cycle God. Given today's language. If you do this thing right what goes around comes around and give it to somebody else find a neighbor you can deliver three dollars to somebody who needs a couple coffee when you do that when you send it out. God works that thing back around so that it will override back to you. What I'm trying to tell you what a canceling back in line with Dr. Tony Evans with some encouraging insight on how God can help reverse the consequences of that. As I mentioned earlier, today's teaching is just one part of 12 powerful life-changing lessons in the comprehensive two-volume U-turn series and it's available along with Tony's brand-new book U-turns reversing the consequences in your life for limited time will send you both these resources as our gift to help us keep Tony's teaching on this station just visit Tony Evans.org today to make your donation and request your copy of the U-turn series and don't forget to look into obtaining the companion U-turns Bible study kit including the DVD featuring six video lessons from Dr. Evans. Drop by Tony of start or today or call our resource Center at one 800 832, 22 team members are standing by to help you day and night.
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Sometimes we just can't seem to stop that stronghold can be broken in on Monday. Dr. Evans will tell us how the church owns the alternative with Dr. Tony advances brought to you by the urban alternative celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you