NOVEMBER 22, 2020

HOW GOD BLESSES YOU--PART II
SERMON TITLE: THE TESTING OF YOUR BLESSINGS
SERMON THEME: MONEY OR GOD WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?

INTRODUCTION: GOD WILL TEST YOU! GOD WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE FAITHFUL.

LUKE 16:10-12
10 “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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

 

LUKE 16:13
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

I) THE WORLD PROMISES WHAT ONLY GOD CAN PROVIDE

            1) SECURITY
            2) FREEDOM
            3) POWER
            4) SIGNIFICANCE

ECCLESIATES 5:10
10 Whoever loves money never has enough;
    whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
    This too is meaningless.

II) HOW DOES GOD TEST YOUR BLESSINGS?

JAMES 1:25
25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

A) LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

 

 

LUKE 6:27-28
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

B)  DO NOT JUDGE

 

LUKE 6:37-38
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

C) GIVE TO GOD FIRST

 

LEVITICUS 27:30
30 “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.

 

MALACHI 3:8-9
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.” “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.

III) THE BLESSING OF THE TITHE  

            1) THE TITHE COVERS GOD'S WORK IN THE CHURCH.

MALACHI 3:10a
10b Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

            2) THE TITHE TEACHES YOU TO PUT GOD FIRST.

DEUTERONOMY 14:23b
23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.

            3) THE TITHE INCREASES YOUR FAITH IN GOD.

MALACHI 3:10b
10b Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

CONCLUSION: GIVING TO GOD FIRST IN WORD AND DEED WILL TEACH YOU TO TRUST AND LOVE GOD IN ALL THINGS.   

PROVERBS 3:9-10
9Honor the Lord with your wealth,
    with the first fruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.