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Asking For a Friend

Life is full of obstacles, and most of us feel as if we are featured in a three ring circus as the juggling act. We are simply trying to keep our head above water and sometimes we feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help. In this series we are going to tackle some of the very issues that give us the biggest fits, such as: time management, relationships, raising kids in the 21st century, and finding financial freedom. We will tear down the facade that we have it all together and look at Biblical and practical advice for your “friend.”

WEEK 1 // Time Management

 

What matters most to you? 

 

What do I value?

 

Pareto Principle-80/20 Rule

 

Psalm 90:12 (NLT)

12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom

 

Proverbs 27:23-24 (NLT)

23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, 24 for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.

 

Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 

What am I going to do to focus on my top priorities?

 

What would life look like if you placed Christ first in your life?

 

Philippians 4:6-8 (NLT)

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

 

Eisenhower Matrix

 

There is a battle going on for your time with competing forces.

 

John 10:10-15 (NLT)

10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 


Thief - represents satan and his plot to destroy your life. 

 

1 Peter 5:7-8 (NLT)

7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 8 Stay alert, Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

 

Good Shepherd - represents Jesus and the sacrifice, he ultimately made for everyone. 

 

Luke 23:33-34 (NLT)

33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

 

Luke 24:1-7 (NLT)

1 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

 

Hired Hand - represents false prophets, those who teach contradictory to the Bible.

 

Philippians 3:18 (NLT)

18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ.

 

Wolf - represents the attacks by satan, wanting to destroy you. They can be people, situations, etc.. 

 

Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

 

Shift from an attitude of excuses to an attitude of reflection.

 

Excuses deflect perspective.

 

Reflection creates perspective.

 

So I didn’t spend time with God, or my family, etc. WHY? 

 

What is keeping me from accomplishing my goal? 


What self defeating behaviors do I have that sabotages my desired progress?

 

Luke 23:39-43 (NLT)

39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” 40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

Two men hung on a cross next to Jesus. One sought his power to escape his agony, the other took the opportunity to reflect.

 

  • What matters most to you?

 

  • What am I going to do to focus on my top priorities?

 

  • There is a battle going on for your time with competing forces.

 

  • Shift from an attitude of excuses to an attitude of reflection (Excuses deflect perspective while Reflection creates perspective.)


WEEK 2 // Time Management


What matters most to you?


What’s competing for my time?


Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.


Optimization matters. It’s not just what you do with your time, but also when and how you use it.


In a digital world is it possible to attain digital minimalism?


What’s the best way to use technology to support the values that I hold deeply?


Create margin in your life by setting boundaries.


Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.


Is your pace of life sustainable?


Exodus 18:13-16 (NLT)

13 The next day, Moses took his seat to hear the people’s disputes against each other. They waited before him from morning till evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”15 Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. 16 When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.”


What tools or strategies can you utilize to relieve stress and strain in your life?


Exodus 18:17-18 (NLT)

17 “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. 18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. 19 Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. 20 Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. 21 But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 22 They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. 23 If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.” 24 Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions.


Could you use some of the tools or strategies we shared to relieve stress and strain in your life?


WEEK 3 // Principles in Building Godly Relationships


1. First become friends with your creator.

Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


How?


  • Accept and believe

Romans 10:9 (NLT)

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.


  • Live for Him

John 14:15-21 (NLT)

15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.


Your relationship with God, will become the catalyst that will catapult every relationship in your life.


2. Be friendly.

1 John 4:7-9 (NLT)

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.


1 John 3:18 (NLT)

18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.


3. Love everyone, but carefully choose those you are close to.


Matthew 22:43-40 (NLT)

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”


Jesus loved everyone but chose 12 to be his disciples, and out those He had 3 which He was real close with.


Mark 2:16-17 (NLT)

16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”


Jairus Daughter Died

Luke 8:51 (NLT)

51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother.


The Transfiguration

Mark 9:2-4 (NLT)

2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. 4 Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.


Garden of Gethsemane

Mark 14:32-34 (NLT)

32 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”


Be cautious of the pull down affect.


1 Corinthians 15:33 (NLT)

33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”


2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NLT)

14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.[Ezekiel 37:27] 17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.[Isaiah52:11,Ezekiel 20:34] 18 And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.[2Samuel 7:14]”

WEEK 4 // Principles in Building Godly Relationships


How does Conflict happen?


Is there such a thing as good conflict?


What is the catalyst in conflict resolution?


How do I control it?

 

How does Conflict happen?

 

Conflict stems from two common starting points: poor communication and the inability to control one’s emotions.

 

  1. Misinformation, no information, or poor information can all lead to a state of confusion and conflict. 
  2. The inability to control one’s emotions is more difficult to anticipate

 

Is there such a thing as good conflict?

 

Conflict- /ˈkänˌflikt/ a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.

 

Conflict No, Tension Yes

 

Controlled conflict creates tension which can promote healthy growth.

 

James 1:2-4 (MSG)

2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

 

Rubber Band Effect

 

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

-Ronald Reagan

What is the catalyst in conflict resolution?

What is the most important element in any relationship?


Communication

 

Communication is multifaceted: You don’t just talk, you listen and respond in many different ways. Such as: tone, and demeanor (facial expressions, body language, eye contact, etc.)

 

Proverbs 13:3 (NLT)

Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself.

 

Listening requires comprehension

 

Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

 

Telephone Game

 

James 3:3-6 (NLT)

3 We make a horse go wherever we want it to go by a small bit in its mouth. We turn its whole body by this. 4 Sailing ships are driven by strong winds. But a small rudder turns a large ship whatever way the man at the wheel wants the ship to go.5 The tongue is also a small part of the body, but it can speak big things. See how a very small fire can set many trees on fire. 6 The tongue is a fire. It is full of wrong. It poisons the whole body. The tongue sets our whole lives on fire with a fire that comes from hell.

 

How do I control conflict in my life?

 

Control what you can control. Fix you, not them. Remember, it takes two to Tango - communicate the expectations - communicate the problems, challenges, etc. Control what you can control!

 

Romans 12:17 (NLT)

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 

 

“Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it.” - Chuck Swindoll 

 

Think Win Win

  

Romans 12:18 (NLT)

18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

 

Seek first to understand then to be understood

 

Proverbs 19:11 (MSG)

Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget.

 

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

 

Hebrews 12:15 (NLT)

15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.

 

How does Conflict happen?


Is there such a thing as good conflict?


What is the catalyst in conflict resolution?


How do I control it?

Week 5 // Raising Kids in the 21st Century


Psalm 127:3 (NLT)

3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.


Your kids are not growing up in the same environment and culture that we did.


2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)

1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!


How do I raise a child according to scripture in the 21st Century?


Do you love or hate your children?


Proverbs 13:24 NLT)

24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.


If you love your children choose a path of discipline for them.


Proverbs 23:13 (NLT)

13 Don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them.


Discipline without consistency is useless, however discipline with with consistency produces wisdom.


Proverbs 29:15,17-18 (NLT)

15 To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child. 17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad. 18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.


Consistency is key in discipline, it provides a structure for growth and development of your child.


How do you develop consistency in discipline?


Defining which hill do you want to die on?


What happens when you lose your cool with them?


Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)

4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.


Always own your mistake and be willing to say sorry.


Matthew 5:23-24 (NLT)

23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.


Developing Godly habits.


Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)

6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.


Some things are caught not taught?


What are you modeling?


Titus 2:7 (ESV)

7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, and dignity.


What you do in moderation they will do in excess.


Teach your kids the secret to a long full successful life:


Exodus 20:12 (NLT)

12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.


Ephesians 6:1-3 (NLT)

1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”


Colossians 3:20 (NLT)

20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.


Do I push them to new experiences or let them evolve?


Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


Help them discover God’s gifts in them, not live out your dream through them.


1 Peter 4:10-11(NLT)

10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.


Trust God’s plan for them.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


Learning the shift that takes place in the kid and the parent. A transfer of responsibility from you taking care of them, to them taking care of themselves.


How many years do you have left?


Psalm 90:12 (NLT)

12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.


What do they need to know before they leave?


Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)

6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.


Creating a safe environment for them to fail/learn.


WEEK 6 // Raising Kids in the 21st Century

 

How do you navigate the crazy pathway of parenting?

 

Culture in the Home vs Culture of the World

 

What Culture have you created in your home?

 

-What is the Language of your Home?

   *Know that Language dictates culture.

 

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

 

Proverbs 15:4 (NLT)

4  Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

 

Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

 

Never underestimate the POWER OF I LOVE YOU

 

Psalm 127:3-4 (NLT)

3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. 4 Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.

 

Colossians 3:14-15 (NLT)

14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

  

-What are the values of your Home?

     *Values act as Guardrails in your Home

 

Proverbs 19:1 (NLT)

19 Better to be poor and honest, then to be dishonest and a fool.

 

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)

6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

 

If you haven’t instilled the values in your kids before middle school, they will be instilled for you by others

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NLT)

4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

 

How approachable are you as a parent?

 

Create a culture of openness: Where you kids choose to talk to you over others.

 

James 1:19 (NLT)

9 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry

 

Allow any topic or question to be open for discussion

 

What tools are using to guide you through this process?

 

Utilize the Word of God as your filter in all Decision 

Making

 

Psalm 119:11 (NLT)

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

 

Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

105  Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Week 7 // Finances


The biggest issue with financial freedom is contentment.

 

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NLT)

6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

 

Contentment does not come from the outside in, it comes from the inside out.

 

Secret to Contentment is Gratitude

It's not what God wants from you but what God wants for you.

 

Why do we feel like we never have enough?

 

Our desire for more, has left us constantly wanting more

 

How do I know if I love money more than I love God?

 

What is God's Design with money?

 

If I receive it I have to let it go. Self Denial is what makes life possible.

 

Your soul will only be satisfied when it surrenders itself to the flow of Giving and Receiving

Luke 6:38 (NLT)

38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back

 

Your soul was not created to be a reservoir it was created to be a river.

 

River vs. pond

 

John 7:37-39 (NLT)

37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

 

The more you surrender to the flow the more Gods blessings will grow.

 

6 Keys to Surrender to God’s Flow of Generosity

 

1.) REMEMBER God is the Source

 

James 1:17 (NLT)

17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

 

2.) The Secret to Financial Freedom is not earning more its wanting less.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:6 (NLT) 

6 “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”

 

We spend money we don't have, to buy things we cant afford, to impress people we don't know. 

 

3.) Focus on Forever

 

Matthew 16:26 (NLT)

26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

 

People who love money often use others, people who love people often use money.

 

4.) Give First (It honors God and keeps Him first)

 

Malachi 1:6-8; 12-13 (NLT)

6 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to the priests: “A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have shown contempt for my name!“But you ask, ‘How have we ever shown contempt for your name?’ 7 “You have shown contempt by offering defiled sacrifices on my altar. “Then you ask, ‘How have we defiled the sacrifices?’ “You defile them by saying the altar of the Lord deserves no respect. 8 When you give blind animals as sacrifices, isn’t that wrong? And isn’t it wrong to offer animals that are crippled and diseased? Try giving gifts like that to your governor, and see how pleased he is!” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.12 “But you dishonor my name with your actions. By bringing contemptible food, you are saying it’s all right to defile the Lord’s table. 13 You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks the Lord.

 

How?

 

Priority

Percentage

Progressive

 

5.) Save Second (Builds Wealth) 

 

Proverbs 21:20 (NLT)

20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.

 

6.) Live on the Rest (Creates Financial Freedom)

 

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NLT)

6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.