Return on Investments 9-2-18

September 4th, 2018

Return on Investments

September 2, 2018

Matthew 6:19-24

Where are your treasures???

Examples of those who tried to “lay up treasures for themselves upon the earth”, ….and the c___________ that brought.

A_______ who stumbled upon a nice suit of clothes, two hundred pieces of silver and an ingot of Gold. ..... the result was the great defeat at Ai, and a great judgment on this mans family!

  • Another illustration is S__________.... he let the love of money and women ruin his spiritual life.
  • and let’s don’t forget about A_____________ and S__________,who lied to the Holy Spirit about the sum of money that they had to give to the church.
  • Then Paul wrote about a young man named “D________” who “had forsaken me, having loved this present world.”!

It is no wonder that Paul wrote to young Timothy to remind him that, “the love of money is the root of all evil.”  (I Tim 6:10)

 

If you have been afforded this worlds goods, use them here and now it this world in such a way that they are building up a balance in the next world.

The solution to the problem is not to give it all away, not to withdraw from society....We are n____ called upon to relinquish our possessions.... BUT we are called upon to use them u_______ the d__________ of God’s divine wisdom.

Jesus’ words here are designed to point out this terrible pre-occupation with possessions and how foolish and dangerous it is for us as Christians.

  • In the first place, it is foolish because one day all earthly things will p_________.... they will be gone forever....

    • I Corinthians3:12-15…In other words, ONLY as a person uses his/her possessions for s__________ ends is he/she able to accumulate real treasures....
  • The second reason that this attitude is dangerous is pointed out in vs 21....
    • Because where your treasures are... that is where your h______ will be.
  • The third reason is found in verses 22-23 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!“
    • .... is our vision of God and His will for our lives clouded and distorted by an unhealthy p________________ with things???

 

Who owns the possessions that are in your possession???  YOU??? or GOD???  The bottom line is that either God owns them AND you, (and thus you serve Him), or your possessions own you, and you serve them!  There is no other alternative!

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