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Being Wise with Money

Proverbs

Introduction

The underlying thought many of us have is this:  I will be enough when I have enough.

  1. The Inherent GOODNESS of money

– The book of Proverbs is based on the book of Genesis, which unlike other cultures, sees God creating a material world that is good, that is to be enjoyed and that is to be cared for.

“God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;  (Genesis 1:28)

  1. The Spiritual Danger of Money

#1. Greed

“The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.” Proverbs 28:22

“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper” Proverbs 28:25

  • Greed operates out of a scarcity mentality that says “I will never have enough.”

#2.  It has the power to corrupt your integrity

“The Lord abhors dishonest scales but accurate weights are his delight.”   Proverbs 11:1

#3.  It has the power of self absorption to the detriment of others.

“People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing

to sell.” Proverbs 11:26

  • “righteous” in the book of Proverbs means those who value community as a bottom line in production as well as personal profit.
  • Bruce Waltke, OT Hebrew scholar

#4.  Money has the power to distract you from what’s really important

“Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath” Proverbs 11:4

#5.   Money has the power to make you proud

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say who is the Lord? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8,9

“Who is the Lord?” – Pharoah

  • There’s nothing like economic success to make you feel overconfident.

III.  Breaking the power of money

#1. Assume you’re in denial. (Luke 12:15)

#2.  Through generosity: the principle of scattering

“There is one who scatters, yet increases more and there is one who withholds more than is right but it leads to poverty.” Proverbs 11:24

  • The one area in which this paradox is true:
  • The only way for you to turn your wealth into real riches is by giving it away.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

“It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.” Proverbs 14:21

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9

  • Generosity is not a strategy to manipulate God, but to manifest what God has already given to us
  • Your soul flourishes when you are generous.
  • The tithe (10%) is a great place to begin. Start somewhere

Conclusion

“You cannot serve God and money”-  Jesus

  • Money is a rival god and if you put your trust in it, it will destroy you. But if you put your trust in Jesus, there’s no need for worry.

Matthew 6:24-5