WHAT CHANGE DO YOU NEED TO MAKE?--PART II

SERMON TITLE: STRESS IS NOT GOOD

SERMON THEME: FAITHFUL WITH A LITTLE

 

MATERIALISM LEADS TO STRESS, BECAUSE WE SEEK THE WORLD'S GOODS, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE FALLEN FOR THE DECEITFULNESS OF WEALTH.

 

MARK4:19

19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

 

·         NO MATTER THE TYPE OF STRESS IN YOUR LIFE, THE STARTING POINT TO DEALING WITH STRESS IS JESUS.

 

PROVERBS 22:7

 The rich rule over the poor,
    and the borrower is slave to the lender.

 

·         GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO COPE WITH THE FINANCIAL STRESS IN YOUR LIFE.

 

LUKE 16:10

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.

 

·         WHEN YOUR HEART IS ALIGNED TO GOD SPIRITUALLY, IT IS MUCH EASIER TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN YOUR LIFE.

 

THREE PRAYERS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH FINANCIAL STRESS

 

I) FATHER HELP ME TO HAVE THE WILL-POWER TO SAY "NO."

 

PROVERBS 25:28

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

 

·         LEARN TO SAY NO FOR THE SHORT TERM IN FAVOR OF SAYING YES FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

 

JOHN 14:13-14

13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

 

II) FATHER HELP ME TO SEEK THE KNOWLEDGE TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS.

 

 

HOSEA 4:6

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
 I also will ignore your children.

 

·         MEDITATING ON GOD'S PROMISES CAN DISPEL YOUR WORRY, DOUBT, AND FEAR.

 

I PETER1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 

·         LEARN SO YOU CAN HONOR GOD WITH WHAT HE HAS GIVEN YOU.

 

III) FATHER GIVE ME THE INSIGHT TO MAKE A PLAN.

 

PROVERBS 21:5

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

 

·         YOU CAN WANDER INTO DEBT, BUT YOU WILL NOT WANDER OUT OF DEBT.

 

CONCLUSION: WHEN YOU DO WHAT IS RIGHT, TO PURSUE HIM, TO SEEK HIM, TO WORK HIS PLAN, IT IS AMAZING HOW GOD HONORS YOUR FAITHFULNESS.

 

PHILIPPIANS 1:6

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.