“Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.” Luke 16:9 NLT
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.” Col 3:13 NLT
2. DEPOSIT YOUR TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16:10-11 NIV
“…And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” Rev 21:21 NKJV
3. ALWAYS HAVE AN OPEN CHECKINGS ACCOUNT: FOR DAI...
Honor: Valuable, treat as precious, weighty like gold; appreciation, esteem, favorable, regard, respect.
1. HONOR GOES UP, HONOR COMES DOWN
“Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.” (I Samuel 2:30 NIV)
“…He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.” (Mark 6:5 NKJ)
“But, Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.’” (Mark 6:4 NKJ)
2. HONOR IS KEY TO RECEIVING FROM HEAVEN
Dishonor: To not show respect; treat as common, ordinary, or menial.
“How you have fallen from heaven…you have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! …you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will si...
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock…26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” Matthew 7:24 & 26 NASB
UNDERSTAND WHO “THE ROCK” IS, WHAT IS HIS PURPOSE!!
“…a wise man who built his house on THE ROCK…”
Matt 7:24 NASB
“The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” Psalm 118:22 NLT
SET IN PLACE HIS STANDARD, BEFORE LAYING THE FOUNDATION!!
“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Josh 24:15 NKJV
2. THE BUILDING PROCESS HAPPENS THROUGH APPLICATION!!
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…” (Psalm 127:1 NASB)
“How lonely sits the city that was full of people! She has become like a widow who was once great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces has become a forced laborer.” (Lamentations 1:1 NASB)
“…she did not consider her future…” (Lamentation 1:9 NASB)
1. THERE IS A COUNTERFEIT FUTURE & HOPE
“And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’” (Matthew 4:3 NASB)
2. BUILD WITH THE HUMILITY OF LIFE
“Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up…” (...
"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;" (Psalm 18:2 NASB)
The Hope in Rock Bottom
1. ROCK BOTTOM DETACHES US FROM FALSE HOPES.
ROCK BOTTOM’S FIRST VICTIM IS VANITY.
"Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." (Ephesians 2:12 NASB)
2. ROCK BOTTOM DEMANDS CHANGE.
"When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6 NASB)
"The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” (John 5:7 NASB)
"Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and...
“I’ve got something to say. Is anybody listening? I’ve a warning to post. Will anyone notice? It’s hopeless! Their ears are stuffed with wax—deaf as a post, blind as a bat. It’s hopeless! They’ve tuned out God. They don’t want to hear from me.” Jer 6:10 MSG
GARDENER ON DUTY
1. G.O.D. KNOWS YOU: YOU’RE CALLED TO PLANT SEEDS AND TO SPEAK LIFE!!
“See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
Jer 1:10 NIV
2. G.O.D. SEES YOU: DO WHAT YOU CAN, AND LEAVE YOUR MARK!!
“I was like a lamb being led to the slaughter. I had no idea that they were planning to kill me!...” Jer 11:19 NLT
“…if a town refuses to welcome you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.” Luke 9:5 NLT
3. G.O.D. LOVES YOU: FOCUS ON THE PROMISE, AND NOT THE PROGRESS!!