God uses recessionsto transfer wealth to His people
#1 - ABRAHAM (ABRAM) Gen 12:10 – 13:2v10 - Now there was a famine in the land.....v13:2 – Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
#2 - ISAAC Gen 26:1-33v1 - Now there was a famine in the landV12 - Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold…..and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
#3 - JOSEPH Gen 47:20-21So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them …..and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other.
SAVINGS IS ENCOURAGED IN THE BIBLE Proverbs 21:20In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. 16
BUT THERE ARE RULES#1 - Give before saving#2 - Save Regularly
#1 - GIVE BEFORE SAVING Proverbs 3:9Honor the Lord with your wealth,with the firstfruits of all your crops; 18
#2 - SAVE REGULARLY Proverbs 21:5The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 13:11b……He who gathers money little by little makes it grow 19
#3 - HOW MUCH SHOULD WE SAVE?Gen 41:34 – The Joseph Principle 20 % 20
WHAT TO SAVE FOR? Emergencies - medical - retrenchment Major purchases - down payment on a home Long-term needs - retirement - children’s education 21
TITHE BEFORE YOU SAVE #1 Tithe 10% #2 Save 20% 22
ACTS 20:35 24“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
THE WORLD SYSTEM VS GOD’SSYSTEM If you are great, people will serve you…“The rulers of the gentiles lord it over them 25 and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave..” Matt 20:25-27
THE WORLD SYSTEM VS GOD’SSYSTEM To lead, you have to serve. 26Luke 9:48 For he who is least among you all – he is the greatestMark 9:35 “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
THE WORLD SYSTEM VS GOD’SSYSTEM Die to live 27For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Matt 16:25
THE WORLD SYSTEM VS GOD’SSYSTEMTo be exalted, you have to be humble 28 …..for whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matt 23:12
THE WORLD SYSTEM VS GOD’SSYSTEM To be wise, you have to be foolish 29I Cor 3:18-19 “If anyone of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight…” I Cor 1: 27-28 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise…..”
THE WORLD SYSTEM VS GOD’SSYSTEM To receive, you have to give“Give, and it will be given to you.” Luke 6:38……A man reaps what he sows. Gal 6:7
Phil 4:17 31“Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.”
#1 - GIVE AND THE BLESSINGS OF GOD WILL FLOW I Kings 17:7-16 The Widow of Zarephath…..For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
#2 - PURPOSE OF THE TITHE Deu 14:29 33..so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. Malachi 3:10Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house…….
#3 – GIVE WITH RIGHT ATTITUDE 34• Give out of a heart of love - I Cor 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.• Give cheerfully - II Cor 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly nor under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
#4 - GIVE TO GOD FIRST 35 Proverbs 3:9Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
#5 - AMOUNT TO GIVE Deu 14:22Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that 36 your fields produce each year Heb 7:5Now the law requires the descendantsof Levi who became priests to collect a tenth from the people….
#6 - TO WHOM SHOULD WE GIVE? 37 Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into thestorehouse that there may be food in my house……
#6 - TO WHOM SHOULD WE GIVE? MISSIONARIES & MINISTRIES I Cor 9:14In the same way, the Lord has commanded 38 that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. Gal 6:6 … Anyone who receives Instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructors
#6 - TO WHOM SHOULD WE GIVE? - THE FAMILY I Timothy 5:8 39If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
#6 - THE POOR & NEEDY Deu 24:19 – 21 40 ..the aliens, the fatherless & the widows Matt 25:34-45………I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me
#6 - THE POOR & NEEDY Proverbs 14:31 41whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 22:9A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
BLESSINGS - GIVING CAN PRODUCE A MATERIAL INCREASE TO THE GIVER Proverbs 11:24-25 42one man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he whorefreshes others will himself be refreshed.
BLESSINGS II Cor 9:6-11 43…whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
BLESSINGS Luke 6:38 44Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
YOUR PROVISIONS Proverbs 28:27 He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,But he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
BLESSINGS Proverbs 10:22 46The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
BLESSINGSThen your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim with new wine. Proverbs 3:10…so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the works of your hands. Deu 14:29You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country… Deu 28:2 – 13
GOD WILL PROTECT YOUR MONEY Malachi 3:11-12“I will prevent pests from devouring your 48 crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed for yours will be a delightful land.”
#7 - THE CURSE Mal 3:8-9 49…”will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, “How do we rob you?” in tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me.”
#7 - THE CURSE Deu 28:30; Zep1:13 You will build a house, but you will not live in it. Deu 28:38; Zep 1:13 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it.You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes..
#7 - THE CURSE Haggai 1:6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough.You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. Haggai 1: 9 You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away....
UNANSWERED PRAYERS 52 Proverbs 21:13If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,he too will cry out and not be answered.
CHECK IT OUT!!! Malachi 3:10 “…Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven andpour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”