Freedom From The Earth

Freedom From The Earth

PROBLEM

  • Financial success is seen in a mixed light. It’s a blessing from God, yes, but it’s also tremendously dangerous. Money can derail us spiritually, even if we are “succeeding” financially.
  • Money itself is neither good nor bad, but its use is highly spiritual.
  • Money is a deceptive force that can capture people’s hearts, drawing them away from God like a powerful magnet. The closer you get to a magnet, the harder it pulls—and the more you give your heart to money, the more ensnared you will become.
  • Money is the primary competitor for the human heart. 16:13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

GOD

Luke 16:11
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
  • Jesus’ teachings focus less on the attainment of wealth and more on how our relationship with money forms our character.

APPLICATION

  • Possessions intimately relate to my perception of who I am, and that to create self-identity in relation to things rather than in relation to God is self-destructive.
  • Unknowingly, I had made an idol out of stability and security, and deep down I believed that financial success was a hallmark of a life well lived.
  • A distraught man frantically rode his horse up to John Wesley, shouting, “Mr. Wesley, Mr. Wesley, something terrible has happened! Your house has burned to the ground!” Weighing the news for the moment, Wesley replied, “No. The Lord’s house burned to the ground. That means one less responsibility for me.”
    • In spending this money, am I acting as if I owned it, or am I acting as the Lord’s trustee? 

VISION

  • We ought to love God and use things, but instead we tend to love things and use God.
  • Demonstrate freedom from the earth – gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can. 
  • God never promised us success; he just asked me to trust him and walk with him day by day.
  • The point of my football journey is not that trusting God brings amazing success. Rather, in success or failure, in great moments and in weak moments, my highest calling and opportunity is to grow in my walk with him.

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