For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV)
1. STAY CONNECTED
2. STAY TUNED TO THE VOICE OF GOD
3. STAY HOPEFUL, WE WILL REBUILD
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
(Romans 5:5 NKJV)
But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.
RENEW YOUR MIND, AND MAKE PLEASING JESUS YOUR GREATEST DESIRE
“…in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance to lust and deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” (Ephesians 4:22-23 NASB)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
2. GOD ALWAYS CALLS YOU TO ASCEND TO YOUR DESTINY
“ ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB)
TELL YOUR MIND HOW TO THINK
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of lov...
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
THE CHURCH IS STILL RELEVANT!!
1. THE CHURCH IS A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS!!
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 NLT
“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” Acts 2:44 NLT
2. THE CHURCH IS COMPELLED BY JESUS!!
“They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.”
Acts 2:45 NLT
“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity…” Acts 2:46 NLT
3. THE CHURCH PROVIDES ROOTS TO KEEP YOU GROUNDED!!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
(3 John 1:2 NKJV)
3 AREAS TO PROSPER IN: SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL, FINANCIAL
1. GROW SPIRITUALLY BY SPENDING TIME WITH JESUS OF THE BIBLE
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
(John 15:4 NKJV)
2. IMPROVE PHYSICAL HEALTH BY EXERCISING SELF-CONTROL
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things..I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10 NASB)
WE ARE NOT OWNERS OF OUR TALENTS, ONLY STEWARDS OF THEM.
1. MULTIPLY MIRACLES BY EMPLOYING YOUR TALENTS TO BLESS OTHERS.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” (Matthew 25:14-15 NKJV)
2. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO INVEST & INCREASE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’” (Matthew 25:24-25 NKJV)
For this reason it says, “awake sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:14-16 NASB
1. MANAGE TIME TO MAKE THE MOST OF TIME. (PRIORITIZING)
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 NIV
2. DON'T WORK FOR TIME, LET TIME WORK FOR YOU. (ORGANIZING)
All hard work brings profit but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 14:23 NIV
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5 NLT
3. INVEST IN QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. (INVESTING)
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
Colossians 3:23 ESV
For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.
1. PROTECTION FROM HURTING YOURSELF WITH ARROWS OF SORROWS
“…And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows”. (I Timothy 6:10 NLT)
“It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.” (Proverbs 10:22 NASB)
2. PROTECTION FROM THE UNSEEN ENEMY (THE DEVOURER)
“ ‘And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:11 KJV)
PROTECTION FOR YOUR CHILDREN – AND, THEIR FUTURE.
3. PROTECTION FROM A BIZARRE SWARM OF LOSS
“ ‘I struck your farms and vineyard with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured all your fig and olive trees. But still you will not return to me,’ says the Lord.” (Amos 4:9 NLT)
4. PROTECTION OF YOUR FUTURE
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped hi...
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
ONLY GOD CAN CREATE THE TREASURE!
DON’T GO GROCERY SHOPPING WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY (SACRIFICE).
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Romans 13:15,16 (NIV)
YOU CAN GIVE WITHOUT LOVING. BUT YOU CANNOT LOVE WITHOUT GIVING (GENEROSITY).
The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously; Psalms 37:21 (NIV)
KNOW THE WORTH OF THE TREASURE (VALUE).
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:30,31 (NKJV)
"Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed you? 'In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation." Malachi 3:8-9 NKJV
1. LOVE IS MADE KNOWN WHEN GIVING OUT OF THE "ONLY"
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." John 3:16 NKJV
LOVE FREELY GIVES!!
2. YOUR HONOR FOR GOD IS FOUND IN THE PRIORITY OF HIS POSITION!!
"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money." Matthew 6:24 NLT
"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil..." Roman 13:3 NKJV
3. TITHING IS A TANGIBLE WAY OF WORSHIP
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house..." Malachi 3:10 NKJV
(HEBREW FOR STOREHOUSE) OSTAR: depository; a treasury
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though H...