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Doing the Right Things the Wrong Way (15 of 21)
February 15, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Our lesson this evening has to do with three things: giving, prayer and fasting. Each of these activities has a certain place in worship; however, there are two kinds of worship: the kind that honors God and seeks to glorify Him and the kind that does not. The Pharisees were guilty of performing theses activities for the purpose of impressing others and drawing attention to themselves. God was not impressed.
Let's look at three things:
I. Improper Giving
II. Improper Praying
III. Improper Fasting
I. IMPROPER GIVING
A. How not to give
1. Notice the Lord's warning in (vs. 1); Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them..."
a. The Lord referred to the Pharisees as hypocrites because everything they did was for self-aggrandizement. They loved the praise of men. Jesus said in Matthew 23:5, But all their works they do for to be seen of men.
2. This kind of giving may bring the praise of men, but it will not bring the approval of God. Obviously, there are rewards for proper giving; Jesus referred to that in verse one. But the only reward the Pharisees received was the applause of men (vs. 2b).
B. How to give (vv. 3, 4)
1. This kind of giving seeks to please God. Yes, we are to help others, and yes, we are to be faithful in our tithes and offerings, but the purpose behind our giving is always to honor and please the Lord.
a. Notice the element of faith involved in proper giving: "Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth (vs. 3).
1) If a man determines to tithe ten percent of his income, and let's say for example; his paycheck is for $4, 979, then his tithe would be $498. I believe the "right hand verses the left hand principle" of faith would cause him to kick in two more dollars and round the amount off to $500 (this is my personal opinion). When we give ...
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