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Faithful in the ‘Little’!

Scripture reading for March 25th:  Luke 16

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 16:10-12  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”  

Worldly wealth is given to each person as a trust by the Lord.  Some receive little and others receive much.  From this teaching of Jesus, He taught that all worldly wealth was ‘little’ in the heavenly view of life and the kingdom.  Our faithfulness to use worldly wealth to bless others and give to God’s work is a test that prepares us for ‘true riches’ in the eternal kingdom that is here and soon to manifest.  If we are dishonest in our use of money, God will not trust us with the eternal.  Our faith is demonstrated in all our dealings with money.  If we love money, we can’t really love God!  (Luke 16:13)  We are stewards of His property not owners!

Observations for over-comers:  God calls His people to give the tithe and offerings as acts of worship and obedient faith.  Giving is a spiritual discipline that helps keep God first and breaks the love of money.  “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.”  (Proverbs 22:9)  

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Ear-tickling prophets!

Scripture reading for September 19th: Micah 1-2

“If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people.” Micah 2:11

Micah lived in a day of fallen moral values, a time when  God’s people lived for materialism and pleasure.  Micah was called to warn God’s people of their sins.   This statement was meant to shock their senses.  A man of God telling them about plenty of alcohol to cure their sin would be like a doctor prescribing poison to cure a fatal illness!

As Micah exposed the sins of this people, he mentioned those who plotted to take the property of their brothers and sisters through fraud and deceit. (Micah 2:1-3)  The land was a promised inheritance for each family.  The promised land was divided by Joshua according to God’s plans by lot to each family. (Joshua 13 and following)  It was to be a perpetual inheritance.   God is for personal responsibility and ownership under His authority.  If we can learn to be faithful with the little here, He can give us much in the coming millennial kingdom!

We are a people who have always valued the right to ownership.  Our government has laws that protect property ownership and rights.  When God’s people got into sin and became deluded and drunk on their own ways, they lost their inheritance.   As it happened to God’s people in Micah’s day, so it could happen in our land!

“In that day men will ridicule you:  they will taunt you with this mournful song: ‘We are utterly ruined: my people’s possession is divided up.  He takes it from me!  He assigns our fields to traitors.'” “Therefore, you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord to divide the land by lot.” Micah 2:4-5

The loss of their land would bring about the ruin of God’s people!  This people would receive a false prophet who would prophesy plenty of wine and beer.   Their delusion would lead to their destruction and captivity.  They would lose their property and suffer eternal loss.  Oh that God’s people would listen to truth and be responsible stewards of God’s promises!

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Being faithful with the little!

Scripture reading for April 13th: Luke 16:1-18

It has been said that money makes a good servant but is a difficult master!  Our handling of money and property is called stewardship.  The Bible teaches us that we really own nothing here, but are merely stewards who manage these things for our Master, God.  God owns everything!    When we get ownership and stewardship mixed up, real trouble results.

Jesus told an interesting story that highlights these truths.  “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.  So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you?   Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'”(Luke 16:1-2)  The manager, about to lose his job, called in those who owed his master money and made a deal with them to settle the accounts for less than was owed.  He reasoned that these debtors would then welcome him into their houses after he lost his job!  This was a shrewd move, but not profitable for the master who was owed these debts!

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly.  For the people of this world  are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind that are the people of the light.  I tell you, use your worldly wealth to win friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:8-9)  Jesus went on to apply this parable to his followers.  Worldly wealth is viewed as ‘very little’ by God’s standards.  We are called to be faithful to use the ‘very little’ God has entrusted to us:  our money and possessions.  We are to use them to further God’s kingdom and we will give an account to our Master, God.

When we let ‘money’ become our master, we are an unfaithful steward, no longer serving God.  No man can serve two masters faithfully.  (Luke 16:13)   Either we fully serve God, or we serve ‘money’ when we make it our master.  God will reward us with ‘true riches’ when we serve Him faithfully,  an eternal inheritance that will never fade away.  We will leave all our money and property here when we die or go to meet the Lord.  Wise management for our Father while on earth translates into ‘true riches’ for eternity!  Are you being faithful?

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Being faithful with the little!

Scripture reading for April 13th: Luke 16:1-18

It has been said that money makes a good servant but is a difficult master!  Our handling of money and property is called stewardship.  The Bible teaches us that we really own nothing here, but are merely stewards who manage these things for our Master, God.  God really owns everything!    When we get ownership and stewardship mixed up, real trouble results.

Jesus told an interesting story that highlights these truths.  “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.  So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you?   Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ (Luke 16:1-2)  The manager, about to lose his job, called in those who owed his master money and made a deal with them to settle the accounts for less than was owed.  He reasoned that these debtors would then welcome him into their houses after he lost his job!  This was a shrewd move, but not profitable for the master who was owed these debts!

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly.  For the people of this world  are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind that are the people of the light.  I tell you, use your worldly wealth to win friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:8-9)  Jesus went on to apply this parable to his followers.  Worldly wealth is viewed as ‘very little’ by God’s standards.  We are called to be faithful to use the ‘very little’ God has entrusted to us:  our money and possessions.  We are to use them to further God’s kingdom and we will give an account to our Master, God.

When we let ‘money’ become our master we are an unfaithful steward, no longer serving God.  No man can serve two masters faithfully.  (Luke 16:13)   Either we fully serve God, or we serve ‘money’ when we make it our master.  God will reward us with ‘true riches’ when we serve Him faithfully,  an eternal inheritance that will never fade away.  We will leave all our money and property here when we die or go to meet the Lord.  Wise management for our Father while on earth translates into ‘true riches’ for eternity!  Are you being faithful?

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