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The Ten Financial Commandments

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February 28, 2020
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Pastor Robert concludes Beyond Blessed with a message about the ten things we can do to be financially wise and practice good stewardship.

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The Ten Financial Commandments

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: We planto fail when we fail to plan.
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  • If you don't have a plan --let me say it this way --
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  • if you don't have a goal,you'll probably reach it,
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  • and so many peopledon't have a plan.
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  • That's all a budget is,is a plan.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I wantto share a message with you,
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  • and it's a little differentin the fact
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  • that I normallyhave three points,
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  • and we have a rhythm to that,I mean, we're all used to.
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  • So, I've got ten points,but so, I won't be able
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  • to spend as much time, but I'lldo it in the three short hours
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  • that I have here.[Laughter]
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  • No, so here's the title today,
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  • "The Ten FinancialCommandments."
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  • So, let me justsay something.
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  • I know people who don't makemuch money who struggle
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  • with stewardship,and I know people
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  • who make a lot of moneywho still are not good stewards.
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  • So, we're not talking abouthow much money you make,
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  • we're talking abouthow you think about
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  • stewardship and ownership.
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  • And so God gave me these,and they're throughout the book,
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  • but I felt likethe Lord showed me
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  • how to line these"Ten Financial Commandments"
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  • up with the Ten Commandments.
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  • So, I'll do that aswe go throughout.
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  • All right, so, here'snumber one: Put God first.
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  • And we've talked some abouttithing and giving
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  • the first 10% to God.
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  • Obviously, this goes withthe first commandment,
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  • "You shall have no other godsbefore me," Exodus 20:3.
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  • But let me justshow you a story.
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  • 1 Kings 17.
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  • This is talking about Elijahduring a famine that lasted
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  • three years and six months.
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  • It says, "So he arose andwent to Zarephath,
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  • and when he came to the gateof a city indeed a widow
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  • was there gathering sticks,and God told him
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  • to go to this widow.
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  • And he called to her andsaid, 'Please bring me
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  • a little water ina cup that I may drink.'
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  • And as she was going to get it,he called to her and said,
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  • 'Please bring me a morselof bread in your hand.'
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  • So she said, 'As the Lord yourGod lives, I do not have bread,
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  • only a handful of flour in a binand a little oil in a jar,
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  • and see I'm gathering acouple of sticks
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  • that I may go in and prepare itfor myself and my son'--
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  • she's a widow, and she has anonly son here, --
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  • 'that we may eat it and die.'
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  • And Elijah said to her,'Do not fear,
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  • but do as you have said,' --watch what Elijah says
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  • to a widow whohas one meal left --
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  • 'but make me a small cakefrom it first.'"
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  • By the way, I thinkit's interesting,
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  • Elijah said, "Will you bringsome water on some bread,
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  • you know what?Let's just make it cake, okay?"
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  • It's kind of the way pastorsare when they finish their fast.
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  • All right, so, but noticethe word "first,"
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  • "a cake from it firstand bring it to me
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  • and afterward make somefor yourself or your son.
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  • For thus saysthe Lord God of Israel,
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  • 'The bin of flourshall not be used,
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  • nor shall the jar of oilrun dry until the Lord
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  • sends rain upon the earth.'"
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  • And he didn't, by the way,it was a miracle,
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  • a miraculous provision,but it was miraculous provision
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  • when she put God first.Now, think about this.
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  • There's a faminein the land.
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  • Why didn't God sendElijah to a rich person?
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  • Here's what many of usthink, God sent Elijah
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  • to her so she couldprovide for Elijah.
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  • Listen to me carefully.
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  • He sent Elijah to her soGod could provide for her.
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  • People think God wants usto tithe so the church
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  • can be taken care of.No.
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  • God wants you to tithe soyou can be taken care
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  • of because God doesn'tneed your money.
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  • Here's the widow who had onemeal left, and by the way,
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  • her son had a terminaldisease and dies a few months
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  • after this, and Elijah raisesher son from the dead.
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  • It's not just so that Godcould provide for her,
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  • financially, foodthat she needed.
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  • God knew her sonwas going to die.
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  • See, here's what I'm tryingto say, when you put God first,
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  • it's your family.
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  • It's more than just yourfinances come into the order.
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  • Your family comes in order.
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  • I remember when we weregiving an offering one time,
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  • I watched a family one timedo that in our church,
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  • and when they did that,when they came to put it,
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  • I knew their daughter wasaway from the Lord.
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  • And I saw them stand thereand pray for a moment,
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  • and I really felt like that waswhat they were praying for.
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  • Later they told methat that's true,
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  • they were praying for her.
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  • Within a few weeks shecalled and said,
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  • "I want to cometo church with y'all."
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  • And she came to church.
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  • She has a beautifulfamily now.
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  • She's been inchurch ever since.
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  • I'm telling you, God'sconcerned about your family.
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  • But number one financialcommandment: Put God first.
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  • Here's number two: Don'tworship material things.
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  • Don't worshipmaterial things.
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  • This goes with the secondcommandment verse four
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  • of Exodus 20, "You shall notmake for yourself
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  • a carved image."
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  • A carved image is an idol,an idol is something
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  • you put before God.
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  • Now, I want you tothink about this.
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  • Again, I won't have timeto spend on every point,
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  • very much time, and so I don'thave much time on this point,
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  • but I just simply want youto think about this.
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  • Have you ever put a materialthing before God? All right.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • Last week I asked how manyof you have ever, you know,
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  • spent the night insomeone else's house.
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  • I was trying to find outif I was the only moocher,
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  • you know, and I found outthere are a lot of you.
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  • So, I'd like to find outif I'm the only idiot this time.
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  • So, I want to aska question for everybody.
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  • Have you ever, every campus,have you ever bought something
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  • that you regretted buying?
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  • Can I see it? Okay.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • You may even be tithing,but we're talking about
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  • in this series good stewardship,which means you pray about
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  • everything you purchase,and you don't spend money
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  • without asking the ownerif you can spend it.
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  • So, this is how a materialthing becomes an idol.
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  • So, don't worshipmaterial things.
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  • Here's number three: Don't useGod's name selfishly.
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  • Obviously, verse 7of the Ten Commandments says,
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  • "Don't take the name ofthe Lord in vain." Okay.
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  • What do you think of whenyou think of a vain person?
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  • You think of a concededperson, a prideful person,
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  • a selfish person,a selfish person.
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  • He says, "Don't takethe name of the Lord
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  • your God in vain." Okay.
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  • This word actuallydoes mean "selfishly."
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  • Now, I believe we should notuse, obviously, profanity and,
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  • obviously, profanity thatuses God's name,
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  • but I think a lot of people useGod's name in vain selfishly.
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  • In other words, we'repraying for material things
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  • in Jesus' name ratherthan spiritual things.
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  • And by the way, it's okayto pray for your needs,
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  • Jesus taught us to.
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  • "Give us this dayour daily bread."
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  • It's okay to even pray againfor your wants and desires,
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  • but when we cross that lineand it becomes selfish --
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  • You know, years ago, I told youbefore God spoke to Deb and me
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  • to get our finances in order,
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  • and one of the first things wehad to do was sell this car
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  • we had a big payment on.
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  • I don't know if any ofyou ever bought a car
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  • you shouldn't have boughtand had a big payment.
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  • Okay.How many --
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  • no, I'm not going to ask youto raise your hands, but --
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  • so, we sold this car thatwe had a big payment on,
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  • and we bought a carfor $750 cash,
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  • but listen, we had so muchpeace and so much joy.
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  • We were --we would, when we --
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  • every time we drovethat car, we felt joy
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  • because we were finally gettingour finances in order.
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  • Material things didn't meananything to us anymore.
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  • We literally love that car.
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  • To this day, would lovethat car, and when we had it,
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  • we loved it.
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  • We prayed over it,we anointed it with oil,
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  • about a quart a week,we just loved that car.
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  • [Laughter]All right.
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  • So, that's number three.
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  • Don't use God'sname selfishly.
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  • Here's number four:Be a good steward.
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  • We've talked aboutstewardship.
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  • This relates to thefourth commandment.
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  • "Remember the Sabbath day,to keep it holy.
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  • Six days you shall laborand do all your work,
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  • seventh day, Sabbath work,in it you shall do no work."
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  • Okay, so, let me just brieflytell you how this relates
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  • to being a good steward.
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  • God is saying to you to bea good steward of your time
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  • and your energy.
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  • Working six days a week,resting one day a week,
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  • let me say it that way,is believing that God
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  • can do more in six daysthen you can in seven.
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  • And by the way, if you wantto know how much God
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  • can do in six days,read Genesis 1.
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  • He can get a lotdone in six days. Okay.
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  • Tithing is believing thatGod can do more with 90%
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  • than you can witha hundred percent.
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  • It's simply goodstewardship.
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  • All good stewards, and youmight want to write this down,
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  • it's probably in thenotes on You Version,
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  • but if you try to remember,it's in the book,
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  • but all good stewardsdo these three things,
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  • all good stewardsdo these three things:
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  • They spend wisely, savediligently, and give generously.
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  • Spend wisely,save diligently,
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  • and give generously.
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  • If you're not doingthose three things,
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  • you're not being a good stewardof what God's given to you.
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  • Here's number five:Teacher your children.
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  • Teach your children aboutmoney and possessions
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  • and God and the Kingdom of God.
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  • This is the, again,the fifth commandment,
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  • "Honor your fatherand your mother."
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  • Why did God want children tohonor their mother and father?
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  • Because that's where theywere going to learn about God.
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  • That's where they --your children are learning
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  • about God and money from you,the way you talk about,
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  • the way you handle money,whether you give to the church,
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  • the way you talk about itwhen you're around the house.
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  • If you say things like,"We just need more money.
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  • Our problems would be solvedif we had more money."
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  • You know what you're doing?
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  • You're actually teachingyour children to serve money.
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  • Here's number six:Live on a budget.
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  • It goes along, in my opinion,with the sixth commandment,
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  • "You shall not murder."
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  • Two reasons, one is, if you'renot living on a budget,
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  • you're killing yourself.
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  • Second reason is, sometimeswhen you live on a budget
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  • you want to kill yourself.Okay.
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  • So that's -- I hadto make this one work
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  • just a little bit, all right?
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  • We plan to failwhen we fail to plan.
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  • Let me say it againbecause it's tweetable.
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  • We plan to failwhen we fail to plan.
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  • If you don't have a plan,let me say it this way,
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  • if you don't have a goal,you'll probably reach it.
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  • And so many peopledon't have a plan.
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  • That's all a budget is,is a plan.
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  • Years ago, I went backto see when it was, 2005,
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  • so 14 years ago, I preached andI talked about, in our home,
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  • we implemented Mr. Budget.
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  • Do any of you remember that?
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  • Or maybe you went backand listened to it
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  • or you saw it in one of thebooks or something. Okay.
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  • Here's --it's a great tool --
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  • here's a great thingabout a budget.
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  • A budget helps you to makefinancial decisions
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  • without emotion becauseit makes them for you.
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  • It's like a map.
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  • By the way, if you're lostfinancially, it's because
  • 00:11:44.185 --> 00:11:46.688
  • you're not using a map.
  • 00:11:46.788 --> 00:11:49.057
  • But here's the great thing,you don't have to write
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  • your own map.
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  • A lot of people --and I'm spending
  • 00:11:53.695 --> 00:11:55.130
  • a little timeon this one because
  • 00:11:55.230 --> 00:11:56.364
  • it's very important to me,and I feel like
  • 00:11:56.464 --> 00:11:57.932
  • it's importantfor you to hear --
  • 00:11:58.032 --> 00:11:59.667
  • a lot of people think,I don't know how to write it,
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  • and I don't want anyone to helpme because I don't want them
  • 00:12:02.670 --> 00:12:05.840
  • to see the shape I'm in.
  • 00:12:05.940 --> 00:12:06.841
  • So, don't be afraidto ask for help, okay?
  • 00:12:06.941 --> 00:12:09.511
  • We want to help you.
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  • We want to help you.So, live on a budget.
  • 00:12:11.279 --> 00:12:13.348
  • Here's number seven:Live below your means.
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  • Live below your means.All right.
  • 00:12:17.352 --> 00:12:19.020
  • This goes along with theseventh commandment,
  • 00:12:19.120 --> 00:12:21.556
  • verse 14 of Exodus 20, "Youshall not commit adultery."
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  • When you commit adultery,you're living above
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  • God's provision for your life.
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  • It's the same way when youlive above your means.
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  • Now, please let me tell you,there are two reasons
  • 00:12:34.435 --> 00:12:36.237
  • why people live abovetheir means.
  • 00:12:36.337 --> 00:12:38.373
  • One, they're not content.Please hear me.
  • 00:12:38.473 --> 00:12:42.577
  • When you live above yourmeans, when you buy things
  • 00:12:42.677 --> 00:12:46.080
  • you can't afford, I'm goingto say this really strongly,
  • 00:12:46.181 --> 00:12:50.451
  • you are shaking your fistin the face of God,
  • 00:12:50.552 --> 00:12:54.556
  • and you are telling God,"I am not content with you,
  • 00:12:54.656 --> 00:12:58.293
  • and I am not contentwith your provision for me,
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  • so I'm going to do it my way."Now, I know that's strong,
  • 00:13:01.963 --> 00:13:06.301
  • but sometimes we needto hear something strong
  • 00:13:06.401 --> 00:13:08.436
  • to understand how what we'redoing and why we're doing it.
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  • Listen to --I love this Scripture --
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  • Philippians 4:11, this is Paul,"I have learned
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  • in whatever state I am" --
  • 00:13:21.749 --> 00:13:24.385
  • I guess he wrote thisbecause he must not have
  • 00:13:24.485 --> 00:13:25.920
  • been in Texas atthe time, sorry --
  • 00:13:26.020 --> 00:13:31.893
  • "to be content."Okay.
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  • Even if I'm not in Texas,I'm still -- All right.
  • 00:13:34.863 --> 00:13:36.831
  • "I've learned inwhatever state I am" --
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  • now, he talks aboutin abounding and being abased.
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  • We don't use that word a lot,but that means "not abounding"
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  • in essence, all right.
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  • He said, "I've learnedto be content."
  • 00:13:44.572 --> 00:13:46.274
  • Here's what I --
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  • I underline words sometimes inthe Bible so we'll get it --
  • 00:13:47.876 --> 00:13:49.277
  • "learned," "I have learned."This is the greatest apostle
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  • who ever lived that wrotea third of the New Testament.
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  • "I have learned to be content."You know what that tells me?
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  • That means you can learn it.
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  • That means it's attainable.
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  • That means I mightnot be content now,
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  • but I have learned
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  • that I'm going to be contentwhether I'm abounding,
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  • doing really wellfinancially at the time,
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  • or I'm really tight at the time.
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  • I've learned how to be contentbecause my contentment
  • 00:14:18.273 --> 00:14:20.708
  • doesn't rest upon my finances,it rests upon God.
  • 00:14:20.808 --> 00:14:25.813
  • Here's number eight: Don'tbuy now and pay later.
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  • Eighth financial commandment,don't buy now and pay later.
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  • This goes along withthe eighth commandment,
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  • "You shall not steal."It's stealing to spend money
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  • you don't have.
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  • I read a figure recently,80% of all tax refunds
  • 00:14:45.566 --> 00:14:50.505
  • are spent before they get them,80% of people spend it,
  • 00:14:50.605 --> 00:14:56.210
  • put it on a credit cardbefore they get it once
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  • they know how much they'regoing to get back.
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  • They spend it beforethey ever get it.
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  • Here is the problemwith that, God wired you,
  • 00:15:01.249 --> 00:15:06.154
  • wired you emotionally to hope.
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  • Let me show you a versethat has word "hope"
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  • in it four times.
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  • I love this verse, Romans 8:24,"For we were saved in this hope,
  • 00:15:13.895 --> 00:15:18.199
  • but hope that is seenor realized is not hope,
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  • for why does one stillhope for what he sees
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  • or what he's already got?" Okay.
  • 00:15:28.810 --> 00:15:31.212
  • Let me say itin other words.
  • 00:15:31.312 --> 00:15:32.880
  • I mean, if you couldremember these two words:
  • 00:15:32.981 --> 00:15:34.649
  • "delayed gratification."
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  • God wired you to look forwardto things, to want something,
  • 00:15:38.219 --> 00:15:45.093
  • to work for something,to wait for it
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  • and then once you get it,the joy you have is overwhelming
  • 00:15:47.929 --> 00:15:53.267
  • because you had to wait for itand you had to work for it.
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  • But we don't dothat anymore.
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  • We want it, we takethe little plastic card,
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  • and we go buy it.
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  • And do you realize that's whyyou don't have the joy
  • 00:16:04.612 --> 00:16:08.583
  • that actually God wants --See, God doesn't mind
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  • that you get a new TV that youcan actually see which color
  • 00:16:11.219 --> 00:16:16.290
  • the jerseys are.You know, it's okay.
  • 00:16:16.391 --> 00:16:18.092
  • He doesn't mind that.
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  • He just doesn't want youexperiencing grief
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  • then for months and months andmonths over that new purchase.
  • 00:16:23.865 --> 00:16:27.201
  • He'd love for you to experiencejoy over that new purchase.
  • 00:16:27.301 --> 00:16:30.304
  • So, it's delayed gratification.
  • 00:16:30.405 --> 00:16:31.806
  • Hope, by the way,the clinical definition
  • 00:16:31.906 --> 00:16:36.477
  • of depression is a personwho's lost hope.
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  • Do you realize Americais the most in-debt society
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  • in the world and the mostdepressed in the world?
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  • See, the only reason Godsaid these things
  • 00:16:54.962 --> 00:16:57.899
  • is for us to be happy,for us to have joy.
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  • Buying that -- don't buy itnow and pay for it later.
  • 00:17:01.903 --> 00:17:05.073
  • So, when Debbie and Idecided to get out of debt,
  • 00:17:05.173 --> 00:17:07.408
  • we said we're notbuying anything
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  • that is not a necessity,anything, nothing.
  • 00:17:09.310 --> 00:17:13.548
  • If it's not a necessity,if it's a luxury item,
  • 00:17:13.648 --> 00:17:16.384
  • we're not buying it, period,
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  • until we're completelyout of debt.
  • 00:17:17.952 --> 00:17:19.487
  • And that wasa strong commitment,
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  • and you can do it slowerthan that if you want.
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  • We just said we are goingfor it all the way.
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  • So, one Saturday night,Debbie came in
  • 00:17:27.061 --> 00:17:32.266
  • with her hairdryer and said, "Itbroke and this is a necessity.
  • 00:17:32.366 --> 00:17:42.610
  • This is not a luxury item."
  • 00:17:42.710 --> 00:17:44.612
  • Now I can do this and drymy hair, so I don't need it.
  • 00:17:44.712 --> 00:17:49.016
  • But she said, "This isa necessity for me."
  • 00:17:49.117 --> 00:17:51.319
  • I said, "I understand."I said, "Do you need it" --
  • 00:17:51.419 --> 00:17:54.489
  • this was I don't knowwhen on Saturday night --
  • 00:17:54.589 --> 00:17:55.756
  • but I said, "Do you need itbefore church in the morning?"
  • 00:17:55.857 --> 00:17:58.092
  • She said, "I won't need itbefore church in the morning,
  • 00:17:58.192 --> 00:18:00.495
  • but I will need itpretty quickly."
  • 00:18:00.595 --> 00:18:02.763
  • I said, "Okay."
  • 00:18:02.864 --> 00:18:03.965
  • I said, "We've been learningabout God's provision."
  • 00:18:04.065 --> 00:18:08.302
  • I said, "Let's prayand ask God about this."
  • 00:18:08.402 --> 00:18:13.307
  • And so we prayedabout a hairdryer. Okay.
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  • Not that I wasn't going toprovide it for her,
  • 00:18:17.678 --> 00:18:21.315
  • I just wanted to pray.I wanted to put God first.
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  • We go to church the nextmorning, we come home,
  • 00:18:23.684 --> 00:18:26.888
  • on our front porch is a packagewith a note that says,
  • 00:18:26.988 --> 00:18:31.592
  • "I was at Walmart yesterday,and I felt led
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  • to buy this for you."It was a hairdryer.
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  • [Applause]
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  • God provides supernaturally whenwe decide to do it His way.
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  • I promise you.
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  • Here's number nine:Be a good witness.
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  • Be a good witness.
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  • This lines up, ninthcommandment, "You shall not
  • 00:18:55.249 --> 00:18:57.285
  • bear false witness againstyour neighbor."
  • 00:18:57.385 --> 00:19:00.888
  • God wants us to beartrue witness of Himself
  • 00:19:00.988 --> 00:19:05.426
  • even to our neighbors.So, listen to me.
  • 00:19:05.526 --> 00:19:08.729
  • If you're telling yourneighbor about God,
  • 00:19:08.829 --> 00:19:12.600
  • and he's looking over yourshoulder wondering why
  • 00:19:12.700 --> 00:19:16.938
  • you don't paint your shutters,but you have a new car,
  • 00:19:17.038 --> 00:19:23.744
  • that's a poor witness.
  • 00:19:23.844 --> 00:19:26.180
  • The way we handle our financesis a good witness
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  • or a bad witness about God.
  • 00:19:31.686 --> 00:19:34.622
  • And by the way, you say,"Well, hey, I went through
  • 00:19:34.722 --> 00:19:36.891
  • a tough time back in 2009and I lost everything.
  • 00:19:36.991 --> 00:19:41.896
  • Are you saying Iwas a bad witness?"
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  • No, not if you went throughthat with joy in your heart
  • 00:19:43.497 --> 00:19:46.701
  • and trust in God.
  • 00:19:46.801 --> 00:19:48.202
  • So, I'm not sayingeverything works out
  • 00:19:48.302 --> 00:19:49.503
  • perfectly all the time,but I'm saying
  • 00:19:49.604 --> 00:19:52.340
  • that our neighbors who knowwe're believers are watching
  • 00:19:52.440 --> 00:19:54.775
  • how we're living our life,and they're watching
  • 00:19:54.875 --> 00:19:56.410
  • how we live ourlives financially.
  • 00:19:56.510 --> 00:19:58.512
  • So, that's nine.Here's number ten: Be content.
  • 00:19:58.613 --> 00:20:01.716
  • We talked a little bitabout contentment,
  • 00:20:01.816 --> 00:20:04.318
  • but the reason I wanted to saythis is the ninth commandment
  • 00:20:04.418 --> 00:20:07.622
  • is, "You shall not covet yourneighbor's house or anything
  • 00:20:07.722 --> 00:20:10.458
  • that is your neighbor's."But let me tell you
  • 00:20:10.558 --> 00:20:12.393
  • about covetousness,because if you're content,
  • 00:20:12.493 --> 00:20:15.396
  • you don't covetwhat someone else has.
  • 00:20:15.496 --> 00:20:17.398
  • If you're content with whatGod's provided for you.
  • 00:20:17.498 --> 00:20:19.166
  • Colossians 3:5 says,"Therefore put to death
  • 00:20:19.267 --> 00:20:21.936
  • your members whichare on the earth."
  • 00:20:22.036 --> 00:20:23.638
  • Now, look at the listthat covetousness is in,
  • 00:20:23.738 --> 00:20:26.607
  • fornication, uncleanness,passion, evil desire.
  • 00:20:26.707 --> 00:20:33.247
  • Watch this, many people neverseen this about covetousness,
  • 00:20:33.347 --> 00:20:37.318
  • "and covetousness,which is idolatry." Okay.
  • 00:20:37.418 --> 00:20:43.291
  • The reason it's idolatryis because whatever
  • 00:20:43.391 --> 00:20:49.263
  • you are coveting,you've made an idol out of.
  • 00:20:49.363 --> 00:20:51.532
  • But I'm going to tell you,I'm going to go a little bit
  • 00:20:51.632 --> 00:20:53.200
  • further with this, not onlydo you make an idol out of it,
  • 00:20:53.301 --> 00:20:56.437
  • if you covet whatyour neighbor has,
  • 00:20:56.537 --> 00:20:58.539
  • if your neighbor gets a new carand you covet his new car,
  • 00:20:58.639 --> 00:21:00.875
  • if you covet it, not onlydo you make an idol of that,
  • 00:21:00.975 --> 00:21:04.879
  • but you makeyour neighbor God.
  • 00:21:04.979 --> 00:21:11.018
  • You want to know why?
  • 00:21:11.118 --> 00:21:13.087
  • Because you don't buy a new carnow when God tells you to,
  • 00:21:13.187 --> 00:21:16.223
  • you buy a new car whenyour neighbor buys new car.
  • 00:21:16.324 --> 00:21:19.960
  • Your neighbor gets a new house,so you get a new house.
  • 00:21:20.061 --> 00:21:22.530
  • Your neighbor gets new drapes,you get new drapes.
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  • Your neighbor now is God.
  • 00:21:25.066 --> 00:21:27.501
  • So, you don't do what Godtells you to with your finances,
  • 00:21:27.601 --> 00:21:29.737
  • you do what yourneighbor told you to.
  • 00:21:29.837 --> 00:21:31.372
  • He don't even have to tell you,he just has to show you.
  • 00:21:31.472 --> 00:21:33.908
  • You following me?
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  • This is the tenth commandment,and it's the tenth
  • 00:21:35.343 --> 00:21:36.677
  • financial commandment,when you covet
  • 00:21:36.777 --> 00:21:38.212
  • what someone else has, whatyou're coveting becomes an idol,
  • 00:21:38.312 --> 00:21:42.917
  • and the person whohas it becomes God.
  • 00:21:43.017 --> 00:21:45.286
  • Don't let someoneelse spend your money.
  • 00:21:45.386 --> 00:21:49.657
  • That was good too.
  • 00:21:49.757 --> 00:21:52.360
  • Don't let someone elsespend your money.
  • 00:21:52.460 --> 00:21:54.795
  • Let God tell you howto spend His money
  • 00:21:54.895 --> 00:21:57.598
  • that you're thesteward of. Okay.
  • 00:21:57.698 --> 00:22:00.601
  • Last testimony, rememberliving beyond blessed
  • 00:22:00.701 --> 00:22:04.705
  • is living so thatwe can be a blessing.
  • 00:22:04.805 --> 00:22:07.441
  • Please always remember that.
  • 00:22:07.541 --> 00:22:08.909
  • So, for yearsand years and years,
  • 00:22:09.009 --> 00:22:11.045
  • Debbie and I did not usecredit cards at all
  • 00:22:11.145 --> 00:22:13.514
  • because we wanted to --we didn't trust ourselves --
  • 00:22:13.614 --> 00:22:17.184
  • and it took us a whileto get on a budget
  • 00:22:17.284 --> 00:22:19.620
  • to have savings in the bank,to get our finances in order.
  • 00:22:19.720 --> 00:22:23.424
  • It took us a while.
  • 00:22:23.524 --> 00:22:24.992
  • Then, I can remember whenI decided I'm going to start
  • 00:22:25.092 --> 00:22:29.864
  • using credit cards and makingsure I've got the money
  • 00:22:29.964 --> 00:22:31.599
  • in the bank and paidat the end of the month.
  • 00:22:31.699 --> 00:22:33.901
  • And the main reasonthat I do that,
  • 00:22:34.001 --> 00:22:35.770
  • a lot of you will sayit's convenience.
  • 00:22:35.870 --> 00:22:37.438
  • It's not for me, it's points.I love points.
  • 00:22:37.538 --> 00:22:42.343
  • All right, so, but you'vegot to have things
  • 00:22:42.443 --> 00:22:45.913
  • in balance financiallyto do it. Okay.
  • 00:22:46.013 --> 00:22:47.882
  • But when wewould go on vacation,
  • 00:22:47.982 --> 00:22:50.918
  • we would take cash, and wewould spend cash for years.
  • 00:22:51.018 --> 00:22:54.321
  • So, one vacationwe went to Colorado,
  • 00:22:54.422 --> 00:22:56.590
  • we had started putting stuffon credit cards,
  • 00:22:56.690 --> 00:22:58.559
  • but again we paid it at the endof the month in full, okay,
  • 00:22:58.659 --> 00:23:01.429
  • and so we're on vacation.
  • 00:23:01.529 --> 00:23:03.964
  • I'm having my quiet timein Colorado
  • 00:23:04.064 --> 00:23:06.567
  • beside this little stream,and I said, "Lord, thank you
  • 00:23:06.667 --> 00:23:09.603
  • for bringing us to whereyou brought us financially,
  • 00:23:09.703 --> 00:23:12.273
  • to where I can put it ona credit card and not be afraid
  • 00:23:12.373 --> 00:23:14.842
  • because I havethe money in the bank
  • 00:23:14.942 --> 00:23:16.043
  • and I have it inthe budget for vacation.
  • 00:23:16.143 --> 00:23:19.113
  • So thank you for that.
  • 00:23:19.213 --> 00:23:20.581
  • But it is kind of humorousto me that I got this big wad
  • 00:23:20.681 --> 00:23:23.384
  • of hundred-dollar billsin my wallet."
  • 00:23:23.484 --> 00:23:25.619
  • So, it just happened, okay.
  • 00:23:25.719 --> 00:23:28.622
  • Debbie and I goto lunch that day.
  • 00:23:28.722 --> 00:23:30.958
  • This family comes in,they start looking
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  • at the menu and countingit up and adding it up,
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  • they actually --this was before --
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  • I think it wasn't a cell phone,
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  • it was like a littlecalculator they had.
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  • They were adding things up,looking at it on the menu,
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  • sharing meals,and when the meal came,
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  • they held hands and they prayed.
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  • And I was so proud of themfor being good stewards,
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  • and I was lookingat them thinking
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  • that I had that wadof cash in my wallet,
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  • and I, just that morning,I was saying to the Lord,
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  • "I don't know why I broughtall this money with me."
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  • It was like rightthen the Lord said to me,
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  • "I know why you brought it."
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  • So, we went over to the table,
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  • talked to themfor a little while,
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  • and then I told them,"God wants to bless you."
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  • I remember saying to the kids,
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  • "I want you kidsto remember the day
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  • that God put it on the heartof a total stranger to pay
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  • for your vacation becauseyou guys are being good stewards
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  • with what God's given you,and God blesses good stewards."
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Spend wisely,save diligently,
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  • and give generously.
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  • All these principlesI've talked about today,
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  • living below our means,living with contentment,
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  • not coveting whatsomeone else has,
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  • these are principles that Godgave us to live a happy life.
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  • Remember the word"blessed" means happy.
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  • And my prayer for you trulyis that you can live
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  • a life beyond blessed, that youhave enough for your family,
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  • and that you also have enoughto bless someone else
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  • when the Lordprompts you to.
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  • Hey, I love you so much.
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  • I love your love and yourhunger for God's word.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Pastor Robertteaches us that
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  • moving from selfishnessto generosity
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  • is the key to livinga blessed life.
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  • It not only transformsour finances,
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  • it affects everyarea of our lives,
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  • but before we can begenerous, we have to, first,
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  • learn how to befaithful stewards
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  • in managing everythingGod entrusts to us.
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  • In the, "BeyondBlessed" series,
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  • Pastor Robert shows uswhat the Bible says
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  • about the importanceof wise stewardship,
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  • and how it's God's perfectplan for us to overcome
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  • all financial stress.
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  • God will bless us insupernatural ways
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  • when we steward the financesHe gives us,
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  • and when we are generous,and bless others.
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  • Living "Beyond Blessed"isn't about
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  • what we're ableto receive.
  • 00:26:02.543 --> 00:26:04.011
  • It's about whatwe're able to give.
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  • It's then, that we can trulylive "Beyond Blessed".
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  • For your gift of any amount,we'll send you
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  • this teaching series on CD, andfor your gift of $55 or more,
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  • we'll send you the CD,as well as
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  • Pastor Robert's new book,"Beyond Blessed".
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  • This book explains howto be a good steward,
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  • and that when you properlymanage your finances,
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  • blessings will pour intoevery area of your life.
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  • Additionally, for yourgift of $85 or more,
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  • we will send you thisseries on CD and DVD,
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  • along with the"Beyond Blessed" book,
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  • and the 90-Day Devotional.
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  • Don't wait another dayto start reaching
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  • your financial goals,and reducing the stress
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  • in your life.
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  • Call or visit us online,today at PastorRobert.com
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  • to order your copy
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  • of the "Beyond Blessed"series and book.
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  • As always, thank you foryour generous support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • - And those of youwho may be in that season
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  • and you may think, you know,
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  • “I'll never be ableto make a significant mark,”
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  • the blemishes in your pastdo not dictate your future.
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  • - And God wants to takethose moments of pain
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  • and give it to you.
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  • And sometimes we go, “Why am Inot delivered so quickly?
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  • Why doesn't he just erase iton my timeline?
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  • Why can't I just act likeit never happened?”
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  • And God says, “Because whowould that help?”
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  • One person.
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  • ♪ ♪
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