How to Put Joy in Our of Giving (2 of 4) by Ernest Easley

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How to Put Joy in Our of Giving
Series: GOD'S WAY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 9.1-8
January 16, 2005

We are discovering these days GOD'S WAY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM. And you need to know that the secret to financial freedom is found right here in the Word of God! There is more said in the New Testament about money management than about Heaven and Hell combined! There are 500 + verses that speak to us about prayer and faith and over 2000 verses that deal with your money and possessions.
The Bible is the greatest resource we have to guide us when it comes to our money! Now I can hear somebody say, "So why does God say so much about money? Is He broke?" God is not broke. In fact .. you need to understand that God owns everything. Frankly .. until you understand that ... you will never experience financial freedom!
Deut 10.14, "Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it." Job 41.11b, "Everything under heaven is Mine." Psm 24.1, "The earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein."
Since all your money belongs to God .. that makes Him owner and you steward! That means every spending decision is a spiritual decision. Your checkbook is a reflection of your love for God. So .. what is your checkbook saying about you? It may say something like this: Vacation to Hawaii: $10,000.00, and your weekly offering to the church: $20.00. Your new car: $40,000.00 and your weekly offering to the church $15.00.
What does your checkbook say about your love for God? You see ... money matters to God because He has it. Money matters to us because we need it. Money matters to Satan because he wants it. The more Satan can keep you in financial bondage .. the less money you'll have to invest in the Kingdom of God! His goal is to limit the amount of money that goes toward building the Kingdom of God. And I have to give him credit .. ...


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