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Kingdom Stewardship

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March 8, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans: What do youhave that you have not received?
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  • God claims comprehensive kingdomownership of all of creation.
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  • So, if God owns everything,you and I own nothing.
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  • There are no other owners.
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  • God is giving you the freedomto mess up what he created.
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  • In fact, he's giving youand me so much freedom,
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  • we can hand it overto the devil if we want.
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  • If you grab that,that you own nothing,
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  • including your own lifebecause it can be taken,
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  • you have nowset yourself
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  • on a journeyof understanding life.
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  • It's yours to manage,not yours to own.
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  • So, in the words of football,how bad do you want it?
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: A kingdom stewardis a Christian who faithfully
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  • executes the responsibilityto protect and expand
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  • the resources, time, talents,and treasures that have been
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  • entrusted to them,and to do so on God's behalf.
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  • We have establishedthe principle that you
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  • own nothing.
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  • You manage a lot,but you own nothing.
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  • The Bible declaresGod owns everything.
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  • The earth is the Lord's,the fullness thereof,
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  • the world and allthem that dwell in it.
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  • You own absolutely nothing.
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  • God has entrusted to you and memanagerial responsibilities.
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  • And the moment youbecome an owner,
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  • I know how we use the term,but the moment that you own
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  • it inside your heart, you arenow an adversary of the owner
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  • 'cause you're claimingsomething that's not yours.
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  • Now, if you willadopt this mentality,
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  • this is a life orientation,this is a perspective,
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  • you are well on your wayto experiencing God
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  • at a whole 'nother level 'causenow you're respecting
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  • the real owner.
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  • Now, Paul writesPastor Timothy,
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  • he's the senior pastor atEphesus Bible Fellowship.
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  • And he writes Pastor Timothyand he tells Pastor Timothy,
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  • "I want you to teachthe people this perspective."
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  • So, what Paul tellsPastor Timothy to teach
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  • to Ephesus Bible Fellowshipsince it's in Scripture,
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  • he is asking me to teachat our fellowship.
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  • And he wants you to understandthe right perspective,
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  • the right mentality,the right mindset
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  • of a kingdom steward.
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  • He lays out his fundamentalprinciple in verse 6,
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  • don't miss it,it's the key to everything else.
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  • Godliness plus contentmentequals great gain.
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  • If you want to be truly rich,stay with me,
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  • if you really want to be rich,great gain,
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  • he says you must mixgodliness with contentment.
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  • And when you stirthose two things together,
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  • wealth becomes the result,which he calls great gain.
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  • Now, stay with me.
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  • First of all, he says godliness.
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  • Godliness is simply a lifestylethat seeks to please God.
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  • Godliness is a lifestylethat reflects consistently
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  • the character of God,where you are seeking
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  • to live in lightof God's presence.
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  • Godliness, he says,must have a mate.
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  • This mate is called contentment.
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  • The two must work together ifyou're going to have great gain,
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  • real wealth, true wealth,godliness plus contentment.
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  • Now, the oppositeof godliness is ungodliness,
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  • and the opposite of contentmentis discontentment.
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  • So, let's reverse it.
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  • If godliness plus contentmentequals great gain,
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  • then ungodliness plusdiscontentment
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  • equals great loss.
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  • Ungodliness marriedto discontentment
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  • means you are losingand you are not gaining,
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  • regardless of what yourbank account says.
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  • So, to gain in lifeor to lose in life
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  • is to determine whether thesetwo realities are present.
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  • So, let's define contentment.
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  • Contentment means to beat ease on the inside
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  • regardless of circumstanceson the outside.
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  • It has to dowith inner self-sufficiency.
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  • It means to be okaywhere I am until I get
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  • to where I want to go.
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  • Let me clarify, contentmentdoesn't mean I don't want
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  • to go further.
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  • I don't wantto embellish my talents,
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  • I don't wantto maximize greatly my time,
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  • I don't wantto gain new resources.
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  • Contentment doesn'tmean I don't want to do better.
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  • It means I'm going to beokay until then.
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  • Because watch this,at the core of contentment
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  • is how I am rooted internally,
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  • not how things aregoing externally.
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  • Now, how do you get that?
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  • Well, you don'tget it overnight.
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  • Paul says inPhilippians chapter 4,
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  • verses 11 to 13,"I had to learn to be content."
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  • He says, "I hadto learn to be content.
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  • I had to growout of my discontent
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  • and I had to learnthe lessons."
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  • So Paul says,"I had to learn to be content."
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  • So, here's how you learnto be content.
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  • Paul says inPhilippians 4:11 to 13,
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  • "I have learnedto be abased and abound."
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  • In other words, I learnedto have more than enough
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  • and I learnedto have not enough.
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  • What is he saying?
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  • The way God teaches youto learn contentment is
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  • to not allow you to haveabundance for too long.
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  • He will let situationscome into your life,
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  • you think you're ontop of the world today,
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  • voom, he does somethingthat drops you low tomorrow
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  • to let you knowthat without me,
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  • you can't stay ridinghigh all the time.
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  • He lets you float from contentto discontent because he will
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  • keep you in a placeof dependency to remind you.
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  • And get this, if you don'tget the lesson the first time,
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  • he believes in retesting.
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  • So, he'll go over itand over it and over it.
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  • The way God taught Paulto be content was to let him
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  • have high daysand to let him have low days.
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  • What he is sayingis he had to learn
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  • and he calls it a secret.
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  • "I learned the secret,"he says,
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  • "and this secret is mysufficiency in Christ Jesus."
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  • Hebrews 13:5 and 6is a powerful verse,
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  • this is key, I don'twant you to miss this.
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  • In Hebrews chapter13:5 and 6, he says this,
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  • "Be content, be satisfiedwith what you have as long
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  • as your needs are being met,"food, clothes, and shelter.
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  • He says, "Be contentwith what you have,"
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  • and then he says somethingthat is easy to miss.
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  • He says, "Because the Lordhas promised to help you
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  • and not forsake you."
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  • Now, why do you needto know that second verse?
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  • "Be content with whatyou have, the food,
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  • the clothes, the shelter."
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  • Maybe you don'thave the extra stuff,
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  • but you have the necessities.
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  • You may want more,but maybe you don't
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  • have them yet.
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  • In this perspectiveof kingdom stewardship, he says,
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  • "Be content becauseif godliness is matched
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  • with contentment, then Godwill come to your aid."
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  • God will not forsake you.
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  • So, let me say it the other way.
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  • If you're ungodlyand discontent,
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  • don't go to God for help becauseGod will not help you in your
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  • ungodliness and your discontent'cause that means you're
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  • not grateful for himmeeting your basic needs.
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  • Now, he goes deeper in verse 9.
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  • For those who want to getrich playing the lottery--
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  • no, it doesn't say that.
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  • "For those who want to getrich fall into temptation
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  • and a snare, and many foolishand harmful desires
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  • which plunge meninto ruin and destruction.
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  • For the love of money isthe root of all sorts of evils.
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  • And some by longingfor it have wandered
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  • away from the faith and piercethemselves with many griefs."
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  • He raises now the desire,longing to be rich,
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  • desire to be rich.
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  • You'll see in a moment Goddoesn't condemn being rich,
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  • but what he does condemnis a wrongly placed desire.
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  • Ecclesiastes 5:10 says,"He who loves money will
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  • never be satisfied with money."
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  • 'Cause you'll neverhave enough because
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  • you'll always want $1 more.
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  • Why?
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  • Because you neverobeyed the previous
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  • passages of learningbiblical contentment.
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  • So, now you don't havegreat gain from God.
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  • And if you don't havegreat gain from God,
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  • that means you got to createthe great gain apart from God.
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  • But the moment you try to getgreat gain apart from God,
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  • instead of getting God'shelp, you get Satan's hurt.
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  • Because he says you arepierced with temptation,
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  • you're pierced with grief,you're pierced with a trap.
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  • A snare is a trap.
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  • God is for money, he givesyou the power to make wealth.
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  • We saw that lastweek, but he never,
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  • ever, never, never, everwants you to look
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  • at money as your source.
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  • Because the moment itbecomes your source,
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  • it's become your lover.
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  • And he says you are neverto love it because once
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  • you love it, the devilhas got you in a trap.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: I studied the Biblein college for four years.
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  • I studied the Biblefor four years working
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  • on my master's degree,another four years
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  • working on my doctorate degree.
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  • And then I've been preachingall of these years
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  • and I'm still learningnew things from this
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  • awesome, inexhaustible book,the Word of God.
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  • That's why I'm so excited aboutthe Tony Evans Study Bible.
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  • And it's accompanied withthe Tony Evans Bible commentary.
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  • It will take all of thistraining and this teaching
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  • and make it availableto you to understand,
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  • realize, and applyGod's most powerful Word.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: And so,as a result of that trap,
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  • he will bring youall kinds of grief.
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  • Look at how much youand your mate fight over money.
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  • Look at how much debt you arein keeping up with the Joneses,
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  • buying things you don't needwith money you don't
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  • have to impress peopleyou don't know.
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  • And so, you find yourself inthis cycle so that you
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  • make more money,but you're in more debt now.
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  • Why?
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  • Because you got trapped,you got duped by the devil
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  • because you came upwith an unrighteous
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  • source of value.
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  • God says, "I wantto be your source,
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  • but if you don'twant me as your source,
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  • fine, I'll let the devilbe your source.
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  • And the devil is goingto take all your dollars
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  • and bring you misery.
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  • Because when I bless you,I bring no sorrow with it."
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  • When the devil blessesyou--let me explain something.
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  • The devil can bless you.
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  • So, let's make understand.
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  • Just 'cause you got itdon't mean God gave it.
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  • Oh, the devil likesmaking people rich.
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  • The devil likesmaking people wealthy.
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  • The devil likes making peoplesuccessful in their careers.
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  • The devil likes people gettingbig degrees so they can make
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  • better salaries, not becausethose things are wrong in
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  • themselves, but he knows if hecan make that the focus of your
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  • life, sooner or later he's goingto trap you with the stuff
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  • he blessed you with, and youwill discover it really is
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  • a curse that looked likea blessing on the front end.
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  • So he says, "You arenot to love your money."
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  • He says, "You are not to love itbecause you will invite the hurt
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  • of the devil.
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  • Have it, use it, maximize it,maximize your ability to gain
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  • it as long as you don'tfall in love with it."
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  • Because the momentthe spiritual becomes secondary
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  • to the physicaland the material,
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  • you have now invited Godout of your environment.
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  • So, what he is saying to youand me is that we have to have
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  • a steward's mindset that marriesgodliness and contentment,
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  • and does not let the desireto be rich cause us
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  • to fall in lovewith the enemy of God.
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  • Because loving moneyis the enemy of God.
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  • And when the spiritual issecondary to the material,
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  • then moneyhas become your source,
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  • your talenthas become your source,
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  • your educationhas become your source.
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  • And once they'reyour source, that's an idol.
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  • And once you have an idol,the true God backs away
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  • no matter how muchyou go to church
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  • and how much you pray.
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  • When you look at the amountof divorces that take place
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  • over money,the debt, the confusion,
  • 00:14:39.229 --> 00:14:44.434
  • the arguments, thenit becomes clear that
  • 00:14:44.467 --> 00:14:48.138
  • we have misaligned ourselvesand we're not stewards.
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  • He goes to the final group.
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  • "Instruct those,"verse 17, "who are rich."
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  • The folks who are rich, letme define rich in the Bible.
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  • Rich in the Bible meansto have an abundance.
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  • It means that which you haveover and above essential needs,
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  • food, clothing, shelter.
  • 00:15:12.128 --> 00:15:13.463
  • Now, obviously there aredifferent levels of rich.
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  • So he says,"Tell those, instruct those,
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  • and teach them."
  • 00:15:18.902 --> 00:15:20.503
  • Why do rich peopleneed to be taught?
  • 00:15:20.537 --> 00:15:23.039
  • Because rich people havea wrong view of their wealth.
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  • So he says, "Let's givethem a biblical view,
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  • a kingdom's stewardshipmindset of their wealth.
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  • Instruct those who are inthis present world,"
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  • watch this,"not to get cedidi."
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  • The word he useshere is conceited.
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  • Not to get the big head,not to think they all that
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  • and a bag of chips.
  • 00:15:46.563 --> 00:15:48.498
  • In other words,wealth has side effects.
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  • It has side effects.
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  • It can make you think wrong.
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  • It can make you think morehighly of yourself
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  • than you ought to think.
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  • It can make you think you arebetter than you really are.
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  • It can make you think that youare somebody when you're not.
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  • In other words, don't let yournet worth confuse you
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  • about your self-worth.
  • 00:16:19.596 --> 00:16:21.231
  • What he is saying is,"Tell the folk who have it
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  • it's not bad that they haveit, it's not wrong
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  • that they have it,but it has side effects."
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  • 'Cause you can getthe wrong view
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  • of yourself just because youlive in a certain place,
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  • drive a certain thing,wear a certain style,
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  • and get people calling youMr. This or Ms. That
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  • or Dr. Thisor Professor This.
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  • You can get the big headbecause you got stuff.
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  • He says, "You teachthem to not," watch this,
  • 00:16:47.624 --> 00:16:50.927
  • "fix their hope onthe uncertainty of riches."
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  • He said, "'Cause it can be heretoday and gone tomorrow."
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  • It's uncertain.
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  • And if God isready for it to go,
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  • doesn't matter who you know.
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  • It's uncertain, so don'tfix your hope on that,
  • 00:17:06.142 --> 00:17:09.145
  • but fix your hope on God.
  • 00:17:09.179 --> 00:17:11.514
  • See, the issue of a stewardis God is the owner
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  • and God is the source,so I'm looking to God.
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  • Yes, he uses the business,he uses the opportunities,
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  • he uses the education,he uses the expertise.
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  • Yes, he uses that and praiseGod when you maximize that,
  • 00:17:24.761 --> 00:17:29.132
  • but he says,"Don't you bank on that.
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  • Don't you look at that.
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  • You better keep your eyes on Godbecause there will come
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  • a need when you will needwhat money can't buy."
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  • You get sick enoughand the doctors can't fix it.
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  • You lose your mindand the psychologists
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  • can't help you.
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  • Your relationship isfalling apart and you can't
  • 00:17:50.653 --> 00:17:54.157
  • buy something to fix it.
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  • There is coming a time whenyou need what only God can do,
  • 00:17:57.427 --> 00:18:01.364
  • so you better keepyour eyes fixed on God.
  • 00:18:01.397 --> 00:18:05.602
  • But then he says, watch this,"Who has supplied you."
  • 00:18:05.635 --> 00:18:10.940
  • He has given it to you,God is the source.
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  • "With us with all thingsto enjoy."
  • 00:18:13.209 --> 00:18:15.812
  • So, let me give youthe other side of this.
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  • It's okay to enjoywhatever God gives you.
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  • It's okay, it's okay.
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  • If you are--have an abundance,whatever that level of abundance
  • 00:18:23.486 --> 00:18:27.557
  • is, it's okay to have itif you got it legitimately
  • 00:18:27.590 --> 00:18:30.326
  • and you're using it righteously,and it's okay to have fun
  • 00:18:30.360 --> 00:18:33.796
  • with it, to enjoy it.
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  • Life has enough problemsof its own for you not
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  • to enjoy the good things thatare available for you to enjoy.
  • 00:18:38.735 --> 00:18:42.472
  • So, you maximize your enjoymentas long as God is your source
  • 00:18:42.505 --> 00:18:47.744
  • and you didn't get the big headabout what you have.
  • 00:18:47.777 --> 00:18:50.713
  • And how do you knowyou're handling it right?
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  • He tells you in conclusion here.
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  • Look, "Instructthem to do good."
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  • These are the folkswith an abundance,
  • 00:18:58.188 --> 00:18:59.689
  • most of the folks inhere at some level.
  • 00:18:59.722 --> 00:19:01.357
  • "To be rich in good works."
  • 00:19:01.391 --> 00:19:03.393
  • So, here's the principle:the richer you are in stuff,
  • 00:19:03.426 --> 00:19:06.462
  • the richer youshould be in service.
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  • Don't tell me, "I got so muchmoney that I don't have time
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  • to serve the Lord.
  • 00:19:13.136 --> 00:19:14.871
  • I've been blessed so much thatI can't give any of my time,
  • 00:19:14.904 --> 00:19:17.874
  • any of my talents, and any of myresources to the kingdom of God
  • 00:19:17.907 --> 00:19:21.244
  • 'cause I'm just out hereenjoying my blessing."
  • 00:19:21.277 --> 00:19:23.646
  • God expects moreif he gave more.
  • 00:19:23.680 --> 00:19:26.449
  • So he says, "Instruct thosewho have the abundance
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  • that they should be equallyabundant in good works."
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  • Verse 19,"Storing up for themselves
  • 00:19:33.656 --> 00:19:36.359
  • the treasureof a good foundation
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  • for the future."
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  • Ooh, ooh, for the future'cause it ain't over.
  • 00:19:42.198 --> 00:19:47.203
  • There is a future.
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  • He says,"Buy yourself a storage room."
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  • Don't buy it, he says,
  • 00:19:51.708 --> 00:19:53.042
  • "Make yourself a storage roomof good works."
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  • Here it is, every time you useyour time and your talent
  • 00:19:56.713 --> 00:20:01.084
  • and your treasureas a good work and you attach it
  • 00:20:01.117 --> 00:20:04.921
  • to God, that's why we prayfor them and we try to witness
  • 00:20:04.954 --> 00:20:08.258
  • to them, and you attachthat thing to God,
  • 00:20:08.291 --> 00:20:10.426
  • God puts somethingin your storage room.
  • 00:20:10.460 --> 00:20:13.796
  • He says, "So, why don't youbuild up a storage room
  • 00:20:13.830 --> 00:20:16.833
  • for the future?"
  • 00:20:16.866 --> 00:20:18.701
  • Because when you meet God,he's not going to ask you
  • 00:20:18.735 --> 00:20:21.504
  • how much you made.
  • 00:20:21.537 --> 00:20:23.406
  • He's not going to askyou about your net worth.
  • 00:20:23.439 --> 00:20:26.509
  • He's not going to ask youabout what bank you banked in.
  • 00:20:26.542 --> 00:20:29.279
  • He's not going to ask youabout what degree you had.
  • 00:20:29.312 --> 00:20:32.081
  • He's going to see how muchstuff is in your storage bin.
  • 00:20:32.115 --> 00:20:36.219
  • How much did you usethe time and the talents
  • 00:20:36.252 --> 00:20:39.355
  • and the treasuresfor eternal purposes?
  • 00:20:39.389 --> 00:20:42.358
  • What will be the rewardin time and eternity?
  • 00:20:42.392 --> 00:20:45.695
  • The last part of verse 19,
  • 00:20:45.728 --> 00:20:47.563
  • "So that they may take holdof that which is life indeed."
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  • Oh no you didn't.
  • 00:20:54.103 --> 00:20:57.640
  • He talks about life indeed.
  • 00:20:57.674 --> 00:21:02.145
  • The word "indeed"means sure enough, okay?
  • 00:21:02.178 --> 00:21:05.948
  • For real,that's what it means.
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  • God will makean exchange with you.
  • 00:21:09.919 --> 00:21:12.121
  • If you use what hegives you properly,
  • 00:21:12.155 --> 00:21:15.758
  • and you keep him as your source,and you're content where
  • 00:21:15.792 --> 00:21:19.829
  • you are until he gives you more,he will give you
  • 00:21:19.862 --> 00:21:22.999
  • an indeed kind of life.
  • 00:21:23.032 --> 00:21:25.635
  • You won't just be living,you'll be living indeed.
  • 00:21:25.668 --> 00:21:29.672
  • When Jesus arosefrom the dead
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  • and they came backand they saw the tomb was empty,
  • 00:21:32.909 --> 00:21:36.045
  • you know whatthey said?
  • 00:21:36.079 --> 00:21:37.380
  • "He has risen indeed.
  • 00:21:37.413 --> 00:21:39.816
  • He sure enough not here."
  • 00:21:39.849 --> 00:21:43.353
  • Guess what Paul said?
  • 00:21:43.386 --> 00:21:45.021
  • "You tell all them peopleto build that storage up
  • 00:21:45.054 --> 00:21:49.025
  • through their good works,to build their storage up,
  • 00:21:49.058 --> 00:21:51.627
  • because then when life fallsapart and they need life indeed,
  • 00:21:51.661 --> 00:21:57.133
  • when the doctor says it'sterminal and they need hope
  • 00:21:57.166 --> 00:22:01.337
  • indeed, when it says that thereis no future and they need
  • 00:22:01.371 --> 00:22:05.675
  • a solution indeed, God says,'I'm going to look at their
  • 00:22:05.708 --> 00:22:09.412
  • storage bin and I'm goingto see what they put away
  • 00:22:09.445 --> 00:22:12.382
  • to benefit othersfor my name's sake.
  • 00:22:12.415 --> 00:22:15.952
  • And when I see that theirstorage building is filled,
  • 00:22:15.985 --> 00:22:18.888
  • I will give them life indeedin time and in eternity.'"
  • 00:22:18.921 --> 00:22:24.527
  • Psalm 62, verse 10 says,
  • 00:22:24.560 --> 00:22:26.596
  • "If you get rich,don't set your heart on it."
  • 00:22:26.629 --> 00:22:30.166
  • Ecclesiastes 5:18 to 20 says,
  • 00:22:30.199 --> 00:22:33.169
  • "Yes, God has given youeverything rich to enjoy."
  • 00:22:33.202 --> 00:22:36.672
  • But he says, "Make sure that youdon't waste your life by living
  • 00:22:36.706 --> 00:22:42.645
  • in discontent, by being trickedby the devil to give money
  • 00:22:42.678 --> 00:22:47.550
  • a weight it wasnever meant to have.
  • 00:22:47.583 --> 00:22:49.719
  • But you can enjoy itas long as you use it
  • 00:22:49.752 --> 00:22:52.455
  • with eternity in mind."
  • 00:22:52.488 --> 00:22:54.524
  • So, here's your assignment,I got one closing assignment
  • 00:22:54.557 --> 00:22:57.427
  • for everybody this week.
  • 00:22:57.460 --> 00:22:59.128
  • It will be a assignmentin preparation
  • 00:22:59.162 --> 00:23:01.731
  • for the right perspective,and that is sometime
  • 00:23:01.764 --> 00:23:04.867
  • this week, go to a junkyard.
  • 00:23:04.901 --> 00:23:07.236
  • Just go to a junkyard'cause that's where
  • 00:23:07.270 --> 00:23:10.473
  • everything winds up.
  • 00:23:10.506 --> 00:23:12.608
  • Don't put your hope in stuffthat's going to wind up
  • 00:23:12.642 --> 00:23:15.845
  • in a junkyard, okay?
  • 00:23:15.878 --> 00:23:18.247
  • You put your hope,maximize your potential,
  • 00:23:18.281 --> 00:23:21.651
  • enjoy the goodness of Godin your life,
  • 00:23:21.684 --> 00:23:24.320
  • but don't become conceited,don't become discontent,
  • 00:23:24.353 --> 00:23:27.790
  • be grateful, and be helpful.
  • 00:23:27.824 --> 00:23:31.227
  • And give God all the gloryso he can give you
  • 00:23:31.260 --> 00:23:34.530
  • all the life youwere meant to have.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: If we're goingto be good kingdom stewards,
  • 00:23:49.378 --> 00:23:51.414
  • then that means we haveto have the right mindset.
  • 00:23:51.447 --> 00:23:55.685
  • Our thinkingmust be corrected.
  • 00:23:55.718 --> 00:23:58.187
  • You know, people givea lot of time and energy
  • 00:23:58.221 --> 00:24:01.991
  • to gain, getting more,getting better, getting newer.
  • 00:24:02.024 --> 00:24:06.896
  • But the mindset that Godwants us to have is that
  • 00:24:06.929 --> 00:24:13.135
  • we are not trying to merelyget rich for rich sake,
  • 00:24:13.169 --> 00:24:19.442
  • whether you want to getrich or already rich
  • 00:24:19.475 --> 00:24:22.545
  • or thinking about it.
  • 00:24:22.578 --> 00:24:24.347
  • God says, "No, I want yourmindset to be that I want
  • 00:24:24.380 --> 00:24:29.619
  • to store upa heavenly wealth account."
  • 00:24:29.652 --> 00:24:35.124
  • So that when God looksat how I used my time,
  • 00:24:35.157 --> 00:24:37.760
  • my talents, and howI spent my resources,
  • 00:24:37.793 --> 00:24:41.364
  • I have depositedfor the future
  • 00:24:41.397 --> 00:24:44.700
  • and not just spentit all in time.
  • 00:24:44.734 --> 00:24:49.238
  • You see, when Godevaluates our stewardship,
  • 00:24:49.272 --> 00:24:52.041
  • he's not concerned first aboutwhat we left behind,
  • 00:24:52.074 --> 00:24:57.480
  • but what we forwarded ahead.
  • 00:24:57.513 --> 00:24:59.482
  • That is what had eternalpurposes attached to it.
  • 00:24:59.515 --> 00:25:02.251
  • That's why the Bible says,"In whatever you do
  • 00:25:02.285 --> 00:25:05.354
  • in word or deed, do itall to the glory of God."
  • 00:25:05.388 --> 00:25:08.357
  • God wants to be attachedto the use of our time,
  • 00:25:08.391 --> 00:25:13.229
  • our talents, and our treasures.
  • 00:25:13.262 --> 00:25:14.997
  • That's why the Scriptureis clear that godliness
  • 00:25:15.031 --> 00:25:18.034
  • with contentment is great gainbecause if you are ungodly
  • 00:25:18.067 --> 00:25:23.639
  • with those things Godhas entrusted to us,
  • 00:25:23.673 --> 00:25:26.342
  • and we're complainingand not content
  • 00:25:26.375 --> 00:25:29.679
  • with what he has entrustedto us, then we don't have
  • 00:25:29.712 --> 00:25:33.215
  • the right mindset,and therefore, we don't get
  • 00:25:33.249 --> 00:25:36.485
  • the reward because it wasn'tfor him, he was excluded.
  • 00:25:36.519 --> 00:25:41.424
  • It was only for us.
  • 00:25:41.457 --> 00:25:43.326
  • We live in a day wheneverybody wants to be blessed.
  • 00:25:43.359 --> 00:25:46.195
  • Nothing wrong withwanting to be blessed
  • 00:25:46.228 --> 00:25:48.531
  • or favored by God.
  • 00:25:48.564 --> 00:25:50.366
  • But the question is,am I as equally concerned
  • 00:25:50.399 --> 00:25:53.469
  • about being a blessing?
  • 00:25:53.502 --> 00:25:55.605
  • So, let me give you a secretfor the right perspective.
  • 00:25:55.638 --> 00:25:58.307
  • When you are getting readyto do something for you,
  • 00:25:58.341 --> 00:26:03.679
  • ask yourself, how can,if God allows me to do
  • 00:26:03.713 --> 00:26:08.317
  • it for me, how can itbe used to be a blessing
  • 00:26:08.351 --> 00:26:12.188
  • for someone else?
  • 00:26:12.221 --> 00:26:14.323
  • Because the moment you becomea blessor and not just want
  • 00:26:14.357 --> 00:26:18.694
  • to be a blesseeand God gets the glory,
  • 00:26:18.728 --> 00:26:22.965
  • you have a perspectivethat does you good in time
  • 00:26:22.999 --> 00:26:26.469
  • and will give yougreater reward in eternity.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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