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You Can't Out Give God (4 of 4)
Series: It All Belongs To Him
ILLUS: Video Clip, "I Love Lucy" - Candy Factory.
INTRO: I don't know about you, but I love Lucy. That's a wonderful clip from the Golden Age, or the black and white age, of television and it illustrates the principle that I want to share with you this morning as we conclude our New Year's series of studies on stewardship that we have entitled, "It All Belongs To Him." Now, here's the principle, as well as the title: You can't out give God. That's it. Short, simple and straight to the point, you can't out give God. So, if you have your bible with you this morning, turn back to the last book of the Old Testament if you would. The book of Malachi, the third chapter, and let me show you the only place that I know of in all of the bible where God says, "Prove me. Put me to the test." Now, there have been a lot of people who have tested God, but this is the only place that I know of where God Himself says, "Go ahead, put me to the test."
Now, if you missed last week, I want you to know that I have saved the best for last, and even put it off one week, just so that you could be a part of this morning's message. If you'll remember, what we've done in this series is we have looked at the biblical picture of a successful steward. The Bible says that we are stewards of the gifts, goods and grace of God. And the first thing that we saw was the steward's reception. Everything that we have comes from the Lord. "Every good and every perfect gift comes from God," the bible says, and so we looked next at the steward's responsibility. What is the role of the steward? The steward is to use his time and talents wisely. He is to give his tithe and treasure gladly and then he is to share the truth and his testimony regularly. Then we looked at the steward's return. "Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also ...
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