Sunday, 16 September 2012

10 Week Study on True Prosperity - Week 7: The Upright and the Wicked

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:

The Upright and the Wicked

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.”

A. 1 Timothy 6:18—Do Good With Your Money

1. Why would Paul have to point out the obvious?
a. The rich had a reputation for using their money to do wicked things.
b. Those wicked things lead to disaster.

2. Proverbs 1:18-19 (NIV-84): “These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay
only themselves! Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the
lives of those who get it.”
a. Proverbs 28:16 (NIV-84): “A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment, but he who
hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life.”

3. Proverbs 13:11 (NIV-84): “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers
money little by little makes it grow.”
a. NLT: “Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from
hard work grows over time.”
b. AMP: “Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production
of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he
who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].”
c. Matthew Henry Commentary: “Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice has a
secret curse, which will speedily waste it.”

4. Proverbs 28:8 (NLT): “Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the
pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.”
a. AMP: “He who by charging excessive interest and who by unjust efforts to
get gain increases his material possession gathers it for him [to spend] who is
kind and generous to the poor.”

5. Proverbs 28:20 (AMP): “A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he who
makes haste to be rich [at any cost] shall not go unpunished.”

B. Properly Handling Wealth

“The sages of the Jewish commentaries say that judgment is sometimes in riches.

“How could that be?

“For example, look at an entertainer or an athlete who never had money and is now making
lots of money. He has more money than he knows what to do with. But because he is not
born again, spirit filled and is living in a dark world, he won’t be taking it to church. Where
is he going to take it? He will take it to the drug dealer, to the beer joint and to immorality.
He can buy all the immorality and drugs that he wants. That is why so many of these people
are in trouble. Financially, they have the world on a string—but the world is all they have.
Their money drives them to judgment.

“Whether money is good or bad depends on who has the money.

“When the righteous have money, they do good things with it. When the wicked have money,
they do bad things with it. And those bad things lead to death—many times at an early age.
You might ask, ‘Why would that famous person throw his life away?’ The reason is because
he doesn’t know what else to do with it. He is living in the kingdom of darkness.

“You can’t look at the rich and wonder how they got their money. Money acquired by ill
gotten gain is not from God. You could be part of the mafia and have lots of money—but you
probably won’t live out your full number of days. What happens to all of the ‘ill-gotten
gained’ money? It will go right into the hands of the just.

“Do you want to be one of those hands?

“Well, get it together and you can be!”

—From True Prosperity by Gloria Copeland

C. Luke 19:1-10 (NIV-84)—A Wealthy, Wicked Man Who Repented

1. Verses 1-2: “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the
name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.”

2. Verses 3-4: “He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not,
because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him,
since Jesus was coming that way.”

3. Verses 5-6: “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus,
come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once
and welcomed him gladly.”

4. Verses 7-8: “All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest
of a “sinner.”’ But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and
now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of
anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’”

5. Verses 9-10: “Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this
man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what
was lost.’”

D. Psalm 73—The Wicked Who Prosper

Yours in Success...

God bless..

Ms Ranjini "Jini" Charley
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