This week we're continuing on this study/wealth seminar as taught on the Believer'sVoice of Victory program on Trinity Broadcasting Network by Pastor George Pearsons
from Eagle Mountain International Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
So without Further Delay:
Who Do You Trust?
Foundation Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:17-19
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches,
but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich
in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a
good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
“Again, please note this scripture doesn’t say to charge them that are rich in this world
to get rid of everything they have, because God doesn’t like people who have things. It
doesn’t tell us to save one old shiny suit and move off into a cabin in the hills and be
humble. If you do that, you simply take yourself out of any position to bless anyone
else in the rest of the world. That’s the most selfish thing that a Christian could do.
“No, these verses simply said the rich shouldn’t trust in their riches, but in God. That’s
an important point. It’s something you’ll have to deal with where your own mind and
flesh are concerned, and the more you prosper, the more you’ll have to deal with it.
“You’ll have to judge yourself every day of your life on your own inner attitude and faith
to make sure you’re depending on God and not on what you have in the bank. But don’t
let that scare you. Just make a sober determination that you’ll do it.”
—From Blessed to Be a Blessing by Kenneth Copeland
A. 1 Timothy 6:17—Don’t Trust in Wealth
1. NIV: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put
their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly
provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
2. NLT: “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their
money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all
we need for our enjoyment.”
3. MSG: “Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and
so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go
after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage.”
4. Paul understood that the rich were tempted to replace their trust in God with their
trust in wealth.
5. His assignment was to lead the rich away from their trust in money and redirect their
trust toward God.
B. Mark 10:17-27 (NIV-84)—The Rich Young Ruler
1. Verses 17-18: “As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees
before him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ‘Why
do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good–except God alone.’”
2. Verses 19-20: “‘You know the commandments: “Do not murder, do not commit adultery,
do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.”’
‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’”
3. Verse 21: “Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell
everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.’”
a. He did not trust the love of God coming from Jesus.
b. Jesus was calling him into the ministry as an apostle—and he traded his apostleship
c. Jesus was also looking for Judas’ replacement.
4. Verse 22: “At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”
a. KJV: “And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great
b. AMP: “At that saying the man’s countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went
away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.”
c. He experienced acute unhappiness and depression over the thought of losing
what he had amassed.
d. He trusted in his great possessions more than he did in the Word of God.
5. Verse 23: “Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich
to enter the kingdom of God!’”
a. The rich are entrenched in the world’s system of finance.
b. It is possible to cross over into the kingdom system, but it can be difficult.
6. Verses 24-25: “And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth
again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to
enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
a. “Jesus was telling him to sell and give to the poor. But why did He tell him
that and we don’t have any record of anything of Him saying that any other
time? Because that was his problem. He was keeping the commandments. He
was doing what was good. But he had this one problem. Jesus was trying to
set him free so that he could trust in Him.
“Trusting in riches is the danger of being caught up in the world’s system.
This world’s system can only go so far. It is not the answer to every need.
“Thank God I am not dependent upon the world’s system!” —From The
Kingdom of God—Days of Heaven on Earth by Gloria Copeland
7. Verses 26-27 (NIV-84): “The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other,
‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible,
but not with God; all things are possible with God.’”
C. Who Do You Trust?
1. Proverbs 11:28 (NIV-84): “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous
will thrive like a green leaf.”
2. Psalm 52:7-8 (NIV): “‘Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but
trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!’ But I am like an olive
tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”
3. Psalm 62:10 (NIV-84): “Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods;
though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.”
a. NLT: “Don’t make your living by extortion or put your hope in stealing. And
if your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life.”
4. Jeremiah 17:5-6 (NIV-84): “This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in
man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He
will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.’”
5. Verses 7-8 (NIV-84): “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is
in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It
does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of
drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
There you have it folks, Week 4: Who Do You Trust?
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