Biblical Stewardship -Giving pt 6

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Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

Memory verse 6: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”   Matthew 6:21

 

Last video in the tithing series

Video 6- The principle of multiplication

 

I hope you were blessed by this series. Our next topic we will look at Saving and Investing.  God bless you all, have a great weekend!

Biblical Stewardship -Giving pt 5

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Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

Memory verse 6: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”   Matthew 6:21

 

Video 5-  Am I Generous?

Biblical Stewardship -Giving pt 4

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Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

Memory verse 6: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”   Matthew 6:21

 

So i hope you enjoyed yesterdays video as much as i did. Putting God first.

 

For the next 3 days, we will go straight into video.

Video 4

Biblical Stewardship -Giving pt 3

download (15)Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

Memory verse 6: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”   Matthew 6:21

 

I love yesterdays video.  What test?  Whom are you going to thank for your income?

Before today’s video, let’s look briefly at one more topic on giving.

 

Giving to the Poor

“Lord when did we see You hungry, and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?.. The King will answer and say, ‘to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” Matthew 25:35-40

If that isn’t motivation to give, I’m not sure what is.  Giving to the needy is giving to the Lord Himself.

There are 3 areas of our life that are affected by giving to the poor.

  1. Prayer

A lack of giving to the poor could be the cause of unanswered prayer.

“Divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house… then you will call, and the Lord will answer” Isaiah 58:7-9

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Isn’t that one of the two greatest commandments Jesus gave us? If we cannot or will not do that, in other words we have not love in our hearts, this will hinder our prayers. Again, we see God calling us to be outward focused. Bless others.

2. Our Provision

“He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses” Proverbs 28:27

I think when our hearts begin to focus on others, we will never want not necessarily because God is showering us with money or possessions, but possibly a heart change where we actually become content with what we do have. I also think it’s possible that part of the “curses” could be that we are remain so self focused that we are in constant need of “things” to fill the empty void in our lives.

3. Knowing the Lord Intimately

“he pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me? declares the Lord” Jeremiah 22:16

Over and over God says to love others, give to those in need, bless your neighbors. This is the heart of God, and to not understand this or do this shows a disconnect from the Lord. We cannot truly know God if we do not have love for others in our hearts.

Today I challenge us all to pray for God to show us to whom we can show love and generosity. Let’s follow the example found in Job

“I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the orphan who had no helper…I made the widow’s heart sing for joy…I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and i investigate the case which I did not know”  Job 29:12-16

Okay, time for video 3. And I believe this is the greatest biblical study video I have ever watched. I guarantee you will learn things you may not have ever heard before. Enjoy

 

 

God bless you all, have a great day!

Biblical Stewardship -Giving pt 2

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Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

Memory verse 6: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”   Matthew 6:21

I hope you were able to take time to watch yesterdays video on tithing.  Today we will continue with another one titled ” What test?”  But before that, let’s look at a few verses on the advantage of giving.

Advantage of Giving

If a gift is given with the proper attitude, the giver benefits more than the receiver.

“remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20:35

Isn’t it the greatest feeling when we can give to someone in need, or just to give someone a gift for no other reason than to tell them that you love them?

1.   Giving draws our hearts toward Christ

This should sound familiar as this was the theme of yesterdays video.

“for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” Matthew 6:21

If we invest in Godly things, our heart will be in Godly things. Do you sponsor a child in a third world country? Your heart will be there. Do you give to a mission, a charity or a church? Your heart will be there.

2. Giving helps develop character

This will be an automatic outcome as we give because our hearts will become more focused on others rather than ourselves. And becoming outward focused will help in all areas of our life.

3. Giving allows us to invest for eternity.

“but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” Matthew 6:20

God will bless you for blessing others. We may not see it here, or at least the full extent of it, but the bible tells us we are building up treasures in heaven. I don’t know what that will look like, but that sure sounds exciting to me!

4. Giving produces a blessing to the giver

“there is one who scatters, yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, but it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered” Proverbs 11:24

I want to be careful that I am not preaching a prosperity gospel, give to get. But the bible does definitely indicate that there will be blessings to those who do who scatter seeds, in other words, who give. That is not to say you will be rich because you do this, but you will be blessed in some way. It could be monetary, it could be something else. Either way, don’t you want to blessed by God?

 

Video 2-   “What Test”

 

Lord, again we come to you with thanks! You are awesome and powerful. You bless those who bless others. God give me a generous heart. Help me to love others like you do. In Jesus name, amen

Biblical Stewardship -Giving

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New memory verse added!

Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

Memory verse 6: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”   Matthew 6:21

As i mentioned on day one of this study, there are over 2300 verses pertaining to money and possessions in the bible. There are more verses related to giving than any other in the subject of money. There are few things that would compare to the feeling of being able to give to something or someone in need. All throughout the bible, we are encouraged to be generous and give. But it can also be one of the hardest things to do, I believe, for one of two reasons; 1. we don’t think we have anything to give, or 2, we don’t want to give. Both are very real and valid reasons. If we are in a tight financial situation, lots of payments, debts, can barely keep ourselves fed, we cannot even consider giving anything way. And on the other hand, if we don’t see why we should give, we won’t either. Why should i give to a church? Why should i give to that homeless person?  What if I give and they spend it differently than I think they should? These kind of things keep us from giving. Let’s explore this huge topic over the next several days.

I am going to split this into two different themes each day. One will be some general knowledge verses on giving and generosity, and the other will be all about tithing. However, I’m going to cheat a bit on the tithing part, as I am going to give you a link to a video each day on tithing, which is the best teaching videos i have every watched on this subject. No point in me trying to re-invent the wheel here. This will be a six day study. please watch each video, they are worth every minute.

 

Attitude in Giving

Having the proper attitude is always important in all things we do, and it’s not exception with giving.

“if I give all my possessions to feed the poor… but do not have love, it profits me nothing” 1Corinthians 13:3

I will say however that it is ok to give even if you don’t really love it. Look what God says in the book of Malachi

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food n my Temple. If you do, says the Lord, I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” Malachi 3:10

God says put him to the test. When we test something, we are going in assuming some doubt. God says let me show you!

“for God so loved the world, that HE gave His only begotten Son” John 3:16

God set the example of giving motivated by love. We cannot out give God.

 

Click on this link to view video one on tithing.

 

Practical homework: i’ll only mention this today, keep on spending tracking

 

Lord, help us all to develop a generous heart with an attitude of love. Thank you for your many blessings today, thank you for your Word and what we can learn from it. You are amazing and awesome, in Jesus name, amen.

 

 

 

Biblical Stewardship -Work pt 2

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Sorry about yesterday everyone, you didn’t get the blog. My mistake.  🙂

 

Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

Today we are going to focus in on what the responsibilities are for working from three perspectives. Gods, ours, and as an employee

The Lord’s Responsibilities in Work

  1. God gives us our job skills

“and every skillful person in whom the Lord has put skill and understanding to know ho to perform all the work” Exodus 36:1

In the old Testament, God gave his Holy Spirit to only certain people for a certain task. He often gave men craftsmanship skills when something was required to be built. Nowadays, we all have been given the Holy Spirit as Christians, and His word says we have all been given gifts and abilities. Some of us are really good with our hands, some of us are gifted as leaders, some of us as teachers, some of us as administrators, and etc… As we talked about yesterday, wherever we find ourselves, we need to develop a serving heart and our jobs will become a joy.

2. God gives us our success

“The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man…his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand”  Genesis 39:2

God gave Joseph success because he was faithful in following the Lord and keeping his laws. Now I am definitely not suggesting you will become the ruler of the country because you are a good Christian, but if we follow the Lords commands like being honest, being kind, being a servant  type employee, that is going to get noticed and likely rewarded in some way in your employment.

3. God controls our promotion

Here is a verse I bet you never considered before

“for the promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God” Psalm 75:6

 

Our Responsibilities in Work

  1. We should work hard

“whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Ecclesiastes 9:10

“the precious possession of a man is diligence” Proverbs 12:27

I love this quote I read “your work should be at such a level that people will never equate laziness with God”.  Wow, now that is a quote to chew on, isn’t it?

 

2. We should not overwork

“you shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest” Exodus 34:21

Here is a verse and an idea that often causes lots of controversy. How can i take a day off when there is so much work to do? The sun is shining, i can’t stop harvesting. What if it rains tomorrow? I just don’t have enough time in 6 days to do everything. I remember my dad always telling me that growing up, no matter what, Sunday was not a work day. The horses needed resting, people needed resting. And my family was far from being Christian. This was a common practice. It made sense and was necessary.  God said this as a reminder that they were once slaves and had to work everyday by no choice of their own, but God said take one day per week to remember that I delivered you from this slavery. So why would we want to become slaves again? Remember debt is compared to slavery? This could be one reason we often feel compelled to work everyday. We have no choice because our debt dictates this. But let’s be clear, I don’t want to get legalistic and say we shouldn’t work at all, but we should rest from the stuff that can wait until tomorrow. Some examples might be that dairy farmers still need to milk the cows every day, but maybe don’t need to build that new fence today,  caregivers need to be at the hospital everyday, ambulance drivers, policemen, etc…  God bless you guys and gals that work in these jobs that do require you to be away from your family and church on Sunday mornings. The danger in that, though, is if it happens a lot you can so easily lose touch and lose fellowship with other Christians. It’s a real balancing act. We need to find a way to stay personally connected with the body of Christ each week. One day per week, take time to focus on God and physical rest from your normal routine.

Responsibilities of a Godly Employee

These are all very practical things each and every one of us should do if we are employed. They should be obvious, and again, these are the small things we need to be faithful in, if we ever expect God to let us be responsible for more. Read the story of Daniel for an awesome example of a Godly employee

  1. Absolute honesty

“no evidence of corruption” Daniel 6:4

2. Faithful

“He (Daniel) was faithful” Daniel 6:4

3. Prayer

“now when Daniel knew that the document was signed… he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously” Daniel 6:10

4.  Honoring your employer

What if we have a real miserable boss?

“servants (employees), be submissive to your masters (employers) with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable” 1Peter 2:18

5. Honor your fellow employees

The bible has a lot to say about loving your neighbor, not gossiping, not slandering someone else, not stealing from, not cheating, encouraging each other, etc…  you get the idea.

6. Sharing our faith

We do have a responsibility even in our workplace to spread the gospel. There are definitely workplaces that will not allow open evangelism, so let your lifestyle shine at least. Love your neighbor.

 

Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. You have given us all abilities and the means to work and earn a living. Help us all to be the best employee we can be, to remember we are working as if working for you. Help each of us if we are employers to treat our employees with respect and fairness. God help us to be free of our debts so we can walk in freedom and fully experience the rest you ask of us every week. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Tomorrow- Giving

 

 

 

Biblical Stewardship – Work

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Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Memory verse 5: “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

If everyone was honest, most people would say they are at least somewhat unsatisfied with their work, some will hate their job, some will love what they do. If you consider the average person will work for close to 50 years, that adds up to at least 100,000 hours on the clock. This equals alot of your life, and to spend it dissatisfied is really unfortunate. Now I’m not suggesting we need to find a way to be fulfilled in our job and remain there forever. No, rather, wherever you find yourself working, you need to find a way to find satisfaction and joy in it, and the best way is to understand what the Bible teaches about work. Let’s explore this topic.

God created work

“The Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it” Genesis 2:15

When God created the Earth, even before the fall of man into sin, God assigned Adam work to do in the Garden. We all know we appreciate things a lot more when we put effort into something. I think this was God’s plan. However, it got significantly harder after the Fall.

“Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread. ” Genesis 3:17

Clearly, by that passage, earning a living got a lot tougher, but I really don’t believe God wanted us to be miserable each and every day. God still loves us in a way we cannot even understand. So how then should we find joy in our working day?

God’s Perspective on Work

a. Work is necessary

“if anyone will not work, neither let him eat” 2 Thessalonians 3:10

First thing we need to accept is that we all need to work, if we are physically able, in order to earn a living. That is just a fact of life.

b. Work develops Character

work teaches responsibility, work allows us to learn new skills, find purpose, develop people skills, discover new interests, learn to overcome adversity, problem solve, etc…

c. We should work for the Lord

“whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…it is the Lord Jesus Christ whom you serve” Colossians 3:23-24

Here is where is starts to get interesting. We should be working as if Jesus was our boss. What does this mean? Ask yourself this, how did Jesus teach His disciples? Very simple, He taught them how to have a servants heart in all they did. And this applies in our work also. And this is the secret to finding joy in your day. Develop a servants heart in your work. Bless whatever company you work for. Be on time, be the most honest person, be the most helpful to you bosses and co-worker, do more than expected. If i could put this into a real example, I used to manage many people everyday. I can’t remember how many times i heard someone say “I don’t get paid enough to do that”. With that type of attitude, you never will. When we focus solely on ourselves with our job, we will never be happy. We will jump from job to job. We will find a reason to hate it. When we focus on serving within our jobs, we will find joy.

d. There is equal dignity in all types of work

No where in scripture does it elevate any honest profession above another. It all boils down to our attitude. Can we be thankful for the job we have currently? Even if it isn’t glamorous? Remember what we talked about in previous sessions about being faithful in the little things?

 

Lord we thank you for your provision. You have blessed us with the means and ability to work and to provide a living. God, help me recognize the blessings you shower on me every day. Help me to be a blessing to my employer and to those I work with. Show me where i can serve you today in my job. Thank you Jesus, amen.

 

Practical homework: continue to track your spending

 

Tomorrow: Responsibilities of God, us and as employees

 

Biblical Stewardship -Honesty pt. 3

aaaaMemory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

 

Once again today, we are going to look at lots of scripture. We’ve talked a lot about honesty, and i truly believe most people really strive to be honest with most things in their lives. Today, lets look at the blessings and curses the bible talks about for honesty and dishonesty.

Blessings for the honest:

  1. Blessing of a more intimate relationship with God

“The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him” Proverbs 11:1

2. Blessing on the family

“A righteous man who walks in his integrity-how blessed are his sons after him” Proverbs 20:7

3. Blessing of abundance

“much wealth is in the house of the righteous, but trouble is the income of the wicked ” Proverbs 15:6

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The Lord is truth and He delights in the truth. When we walk in righteousness, God just wants to shower us with blessings. God loves His children, but there is no room for dishonest gain. What does the word have to say about dishonesty?

The Curses of Dishonesty

  1. Alienation from God

“A crooked man is an abomination to the Lord” Proverbs 3:32

2. Trouble for the family

“He who profits illicitly troubles his own house” Proverbs 15:27

3. Lack of Abundance

“Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles” Proverbs 13:11

You probably noticed that a majority of the verse came out of proverbs. I encourage you to read through Proverbs as we only looked a few of the verses, there are many more on this topic. We’ve spent 3 days looking at honesty. It seems like a no-brainer type of subject, but yet, one of the most important. If we cannot be honest, whatever we do going forward is all really for nothing. We cannot ever hope to obtain God’s blessing on our finances if we are involved with dishonesty dealings.

Questions to ponder:

What may cause me to act dishonestly?

Can we practice dishonesty and still say we love God and our neighbors?

Do I have anyone I need to make it right with?

 

Practical homework:

Remember you are tracking your spending. Every single penny ( or nickel now 🙂  Start noting areas where you are already seeing some surprises

 

Lord we thank you that you call us your children, and you want to bless us. Your word says so. But you warn us to be upright, you cannot bless dishonesty. Help us in each and every decision we make to be honoring to you. Show us how to be righteous in all things. In Jesus name amen.

Tomorrow we will begin a couple day study on work.

Biblical Stewardship -Honesty pt. 2

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Memory verse 1: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Memory verse 2: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” Proverbs 22:7

Memory verse 3: “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” Proverbs 12:15

Memory verse 4: “you shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” Leviticus 19:11

Yesterday we talked about why God imposed the standard of absolute honesty. God’s standards are high. But He also knows we are imperfect people and we are vulnerable to temptation and sin. Sometimes we fall short of God’s honesty standards. So what are we to do?

“by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil” Proverbs 16:6

Fear does not mean to be afraid, but rather respect. A healthy respect of God will keep us from sin. So what do we do if we have been dishonesty? Here are two things that need to happen

  1. Restore our fellowship with God-confess what we’ve done and ask forgiveness

“if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1John 1:9

2.  Make it right with those affected-return dishonest gain to its rightful owner

“then it shall be, when he sins and becomes guilty, that he shall restore what he took by robbery…he shall make restitution for it in full and add to it one-fifth more. He shall give it to the one to whom it belongs” Leviticus 6:4-5

The principle of this is very simple, if you took it dishonestly, give it back. This might be embarrassing, this might be awkward, this might even get you in some legal trouble. But it must be done. God demands absolute honesty. I can remember one time at my workplace many years ago, before I was a Christian,  the Pepsi machine malfunctioned and dispensed all the cans of Pepsi when a guy put in his quarters. So there on the floor were lying about 20 cans. We all thought, yoohoo! Free drinks! But I’ll never forget this guy, a Christian man, walking over, collecting them all up and bringing them to the front office so they could be put back in the machine. We were upset at the time, but that always stuck with me. Absolute honesty. Give back whats not yours. Sometimes this will cost you. You may have to face someone who didn’t even know you stole from them. The risk is high, the end result is worth it! God loves a humble heart and wants to bless that!

Today’s lesson is short but there is a lot to pray about

Practical homework:

Have you filled out your estimated budget? Were there a few areas where you just weren’t sure what you spent? For the next week, I want to you to track every dime you spend, actually i’d like to see you do this for a month, but let’s start with a week. This exercise may open your eyes to places where money might be trickling out. You might think you only spend a few dollars on coffee every week, but you soon realize that you stop to buy one twice a day and it’s costing triple what you thought. Or your grocery bills add up to much more than you estimated. If i can relate it to our lesson today, it helps us be honest with ourselves and face our actual spending situation. This will be the practical homework for the next week.

Lord, search our hearts today. Forgive us where we may have been dishonest, where we may have taken advantage of someone else. Give us the courage and strength to make things right with those we have wronged. Help me to be honest in all things, big and small. Thank you God that you never give up on us and you love us unconditionally, and that you can use all things for good for those who love you.  In Jesus name, amen.

Tomorrow- Consequences of honesty and dishonesty