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  • Gospel Baptist Tabernacle 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 www.rossvillechurch.com Where the Love of God abounds, everyone is welcome. Children’s Church taught by Paul and Marsha Davis during preaching. January 5, 2013 1
  • John Stuart Jessica Sheila Pure Heart is coming January 12 to lead worship in the morning service. 2
  • Nuts and bolts of Scriptural Financial blessing We must discard the world’s views of finance, and accept God’s viewpoint. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. 3
  • Last time we were discussing the first point of the Christian financial Triangle: Work It is clear that it is important for us to work; but a proper attitude about work is just as important as the work itself. Lots of people lose job after job, because they don't have a good attitude about work. 4
  • Col 3:23-24 NIV Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Excellence must be our goal in all that we do. God said, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” Our best effort is the least God is pleased with. 5
  • Do not look to men to reward you for good work. “It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Be patient. Don't be weary in well doing. In due season God will reward your good effort. Steady dependability is essential: Don’t quit a job until you have a better one. 6
  • Ephes. 6:5-8 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the Will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 7
  • Those of us who work for an employer, must learn to humbly submit ourselves to their authority. God will reward us for our humility. Ephesians 5 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 8
  • Humility is difficult for most of us, but it is key to God’s blessing. 1 Peter 5 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the Mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. 9
  • Luke 18 10-14 "Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a proud, self-righteous Pharisee, and the other a cheating tax collector. The proud Pharisee ’prayed’ this prayer: ’Thank God, I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don’t commit adultery, I fast twice a week, and I give to God a tenth of everything I earn.’ "But the corrupt tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to Heaven as he prayed, but beat upon his chest in sorrow, exclaiming, ’God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home forgiven! For the proud shall be humbled, but the humble shall be honored." 10
  • Prov 22:29 NIV Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. We should choose a work that we have a talent for, and then develop that talent to a high level of skill. There may be someone who is more skillful than us, but we should always be the very best that we can be. There are no excuses for anything less than our absolute best. 11
  • Things that will hinder us from being “a man skilled in his work.” We choose a job for which we don’t have talent. We will do low quality work, be frustrated, and won’t make a good living. Imagine if I were determined to be a professional basketball player. Connie and I would starve! Choose a field of work for which you have a God-given talent. 12
  • So many young people ruin their lives before they are old enough to choose a good career. 13
  • Another hindrance in being “a man skilled in his work” Lack of education or training needed to do the job for which we are suited. If you don’t have a high school diploma, take classes and get your GED. Take a technical course in your field of talent. Search for a job on which you can get OJT. Use the internet to learn the skills of your trade. Do something to better yourself. 14
  • A third hindrance can be laziness. Don’t work hard enough. Don’t work steadily or consistently enough. Often late for work or even miss days To be a good employee and keep a good job, we have to be faithful every day -- be there and be there on time; that’s first. Then we have to do excellent work and work hard. 15
  • Fourthly: Fear -- of failure, of responsibility, or of change. People who are afraid to try never reach their potential. Joshua had just gotten a new job as leader of Israel. The Lord came to him and said: Joshua 1 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 16
  • Proverbs 15:15 (TLB) When a man is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when he is cheerful, everything seems right! We bring trouble on ourselves with our mindset. Not only must we be faithful and dependable, Do excellent work, And work with all our might, But we must keep a cheerful attitude. 17
  • With whom would you rather work? 18
  • Proverbs 17:22 (TLB) A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick. 19
  • Proverbs 15 13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. It’s not circumstances that make us happy or gloomy. 20
  • Is Thy Heart Right with God? Pg 357 Have thy affections been nailed to the cross? Is thy heart right with God? Dost thou count all things for Jesus but loss? Is thy heart right with God? Is thy heart right with God, Washed in the crimson flood, Cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly, Right in the sight of God? 21
  • Hast thou dominion o’er self and o’er sin? Is thy heart right with God? Over all evil without and within? Is thy heart right with God? Is thy heart right with God, Washed in the crimson flood, Cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly, Right in the sight of God? 22
  • Is there no more condemnation for sin? Is thy heart right with God? Does Jesus rule in the temple within? Is thy heart right with God? Is thy heart right with God, Washed in the crimson flood, Cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly, Right in the sight of God? 23
  • Are all thy pow’rs under Jesus’ control? Is thy heart right with God? Does He each moment abide in thy soul? Is thy heart right with God? Is thy heart right with God, Washed in the crimson flood, Cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly, Right in the sight of God? 24