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The Blessed Life: Breaking the Spirit of Mammon

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September 20, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The Blessed Life: Breaking the Spirit of Mammon

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  • Is money really the root of all evil?
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • When something breaks, or something goes wrong
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  • in their life financially, they despise God.
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  • They get mad at God.
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  • And here's the reason they get mad at God or despise God.
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  • Because they're loyal to mammon.
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  • ROBERT: We are in a series called "The Blessed Life."
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  • And I want you to turn to Luke 16.
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  • That's the only passage I'm going to ask you to turn.
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  • And we're going to talk this weekend about breaking
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  • the spirit of Mammon.
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  • Breaking the spirit of Mammon.
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  • M-a-m-m-o-n.
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  • It's a word that's in the Bible only four times.
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  • Jesus, as we know, only used it three times.
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  • One of the times it's in the Bible, it's a repeat.
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  • It's in Mathew and Luke, but it's the same sermon.
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  • So, we're going to look at it in Luke so that we'll see
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  • all the times that we know of that Jesus used this word,
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  • alright?
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  • Luke 16, look at 9.
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  • Luke 16:9.
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  • This is Jesus speaking.
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  • "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves
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  • by unrighteous mammon."
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  • That's the first time we see the word.
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  • "that when you fail, they," I just want you to remember
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  • the word they, not it, they, because talking about
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  • the friends, "May receive you into an everlasting home.
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  • He who is faithful to what is least is faithful
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  • also in much.
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  • And he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
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  • Therefore, if you have not been faithful
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  • in the unrighteous mammon," that's the second time
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  • we've seen it, "who will commit to your trust the true riches?
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  • And if you have not been faithful in what is
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  • another man's who will give you what is your own?"
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  • And then verse 13 is a repeat of the verse
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  • in Matthew 6.
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  • "No servant," no servant, not one, no person, no person,
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  • this is very important to understand this,
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  • Matthew said it this way, "no one," no one,
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  • "can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one,
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  • and love the other; or else he will be loyal to the one,
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  • and despise the other.
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  • You cannot serve God and mammon."
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  • And that's the third time we see it.
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  • And again, that's a repeat from a verse in Matthew 6,
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  • it's from the same sermon.
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  • "You cannot serve God and mammon."
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  • Okay, this is the only phrase like this in the Bible
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  • that where Jesus contrasts serving God
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  • with something as clearly as He does.
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  • You cannot serve, you cannot do it.
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  • No one can do this.
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  • You cannot serve God and mammon.
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  • Okay.
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  • Since he said that, we need to know what mammon is.
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  • So, I have three points for you today.
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  • Here's point number one.
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  • They're actually all three questions.
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  • What is mammon?
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  • What is mammon?
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  • Most people would mean I say money.
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  • But the answer's so much deeper than that.
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  • Mammon is an Aramaic word which means riches.
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  • But it comes from the Syrian God of riches.
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  • I don't believe Jesus was simply referring to riches.
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  • I think he was referring to a false God that they knew.
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  • The Syrians had a God called Mammon.
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  • And he was the God of Riches.
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  • Now let me tell you where it came from.
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  • It actually came from Babylon.
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  • A lot of people don't know where Babylon came from.
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  • If you just look at the very first part of it,
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  • Babble.
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  • Babylon came from the Tower of Babble.
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  • But babble means actually means confusion, you know,
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  • someone just talk and you don't ever, you can't follow them.
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  • You don't know what they're talking about.
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  • Babble, the word babble means confusion,
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  • which add the suffix "on" on it, it means sown, or planted.
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  • So, the word Babylon means sown in confusion.
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  • It started in confusion.
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  • The Tower of Babylon, The Tower of Babble
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  • was a system that they believe that they didn't need God.
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  • They could get to Heaven on their own, their own energy.
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  • Their own work could get them high enough
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  • to get to Heaven.
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  • That is what the spirit of mammon is.
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  • That we don't need God if we have riches and money.
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  • It is a spirit that contrasts itself
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  • with the spirit of God.
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  • It is an arrogant, prideful spirit
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  • that tries to replace God.
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  • When you think about this, it's, Jesus said you can't
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  • serve God and mammon.
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  • In other words, mammon is looking for servants.
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  • Mammon wants to rule in your life.
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  • Mammon wants you to look to it instead of God.
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  • And here's the problem.
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  • Many of us actually grew up looking to mammon,
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  • and we didn't even know it.
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  • And Jesus makes this statement: you can't serve both.
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  • And he says, you will be loyal to one and despise the other.
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  • Now I want you thinking about this.
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  • There's a message today that's we call
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  • the prosperity message.
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  • It's basically give and you'll get,
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  • give and you'll get, and you know,
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  • God wants to bless everyone with lots of money,
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  • and a Mercedes, and a Rolex.
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  • And the problem with that message is, that it actually
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  • works selfishness and greed into your life instead of
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  • out of your life.
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  • And the problem with that is, it's a mammon message.
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  • And here's the problem.
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  • You become loyal to that.
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  • Now here's what happens.
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  • When people buy into the prosperity message,
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  • what happens then is that when something breaks
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  • or something goes wrong in their life financially,
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  • they despise God.
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  • They get mad at God.
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  • And here's the reason they get mad at God or despise God.
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  • Because they're loyal to mammon.
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  • See, it's a contrast.
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  • All through our lives mammon is trying to get you
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  • to bow to mammon, serve mammon, worship mammon.
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  • And Jesus is saying no.
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  • God is the only one that can provide everything you need.
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  • God is the only one that can provide identity and security,
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  • and peace, and happiness, and joy, and love.
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  • Only God can.
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  • But mammon says he can.
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  • Mammon will say, "You know, if you had more money,
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  • people would listen to you."
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  • Significance.
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  • If you had more money, if you had the right credit cards,
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  • if you had the right clothes, if you had the right car,
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  • if you had the right house.
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  • If you had more money, you'd be happier.
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  • If you had more money, you'd have a better marriage.
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  • If you had more money.
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  • Here's the big lie, if you had more money,
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  • you could help more people.
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  • Listen to me very carefully.
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  • Money doesn't help people.
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  • God helps people.
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  • But notice the contrast.
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  • See the contrast?
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  • Money, okay.
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  • Here, Jesus never told anyone that he needed more money.
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  • Never did a leper, never did a lame man,
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  • never did a blind man say "Have mercy on me, Son of David,"
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  • and Jesus turn around and say, "Oh, you just need more money."
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  • Not once.
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  • And I'll tell you again how it contrasts.
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  • Just to show you how we've all been influenced
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  • by this spirit of mammon.
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  • We've all had this thinking at some point and another.
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  • I either need God to come through, or I need someone
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  • to give me some money.
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  • And if someone would give me some money, I'm okay, God.
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  • My problem's been solved.
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  • I don't need you.
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  • Because I got money.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • I can remember one time my, I borrowed my dad's boat.
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  • We're on vacation.
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  • Something started beeping.
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  • The beeping bothered me, so I got up under the dash
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  • and pulled the wire out.
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  • This is something you do when you're young and stupid.
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  • It was trying to tell me something.
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  • It was trying to tell me that it was low on oil.
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  • But I kept driving.
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  • And we burned the motor up.
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  • Brand new motor, $4.000.
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  • I said to my dad, "Dad, I'm, this is my responsibility,
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  • and I'm going to take care of this.
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  • I'm going to figure out a way to take care of this."
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  • And I said, "This is my problem, I'll take care of it.
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  • You know what my dad said to me?
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  • "Son, you've never had a problem."
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  • I will never forget this conversation as long as I live.
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  • I said, "What do you mean?"
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  • He said, "Son, if money can fix it, it's not a problem.
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  • And if money can't fix it, God can."
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  • He was telling me right then, money's not the answer
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  • to your problems.
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  • Son, God is always the answer to your problems.
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  • So that's mammon.
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  • Mammon is this spirit that tries to influence us.
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  • Here's question number two.
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  • Is money evil?
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  • Is money evil?
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  • Because Jesus said, "Unrighteous mammon."
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  • Well, what he's talking about is a spirit.
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  • It's a spirit.
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  • Let me just tell you again, mammon is a spirit.
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  • If mammon's not a spirit, how come it can talk?
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  • Because you try, you start to give an offering,
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  • and I bet you'll hear voices.
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  • Mammon is a spirit that rests on money.
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  • I don't know if you've ever thought about it.
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  • Can I tell you this?
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  • All money has a spirit on it.
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  • It either has the spirit of God on it, or it has
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  • the spirit of mammon on it.
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  • All the money in your account right now either has
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  • God's spirit on it, or the spirit of mammon.
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  • And the way you get God's spirit on it,
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  • according to scripture, is you give the first ten percent
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  • to the house of God, and God redeems the rest
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  • out from under the spirit of this world.
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  • Which is the spirit of mammon.
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  • Why would you want the spirit of mammon on your money?
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  • So, money's not evil.
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  • Money is neutral.
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  • You can do good with money, you can do bad with money.
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  • People say, "Well, but the Bible says that money
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  • is the root of all evil."
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  • That's not what it says.
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  • Here's what it says, 1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love
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  • of money," the love of money, "is the root of all evil:
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  • which while some coveted after," in other words,
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  • they got under this spirit of mammon,
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  • "they've erred from the faith and pierced themselves through
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  • with many sorrows."
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  • Here's what I think he's saying.
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  • Loving and serving mammon is the root of all evil.
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  • Jesus said you can't serve God and mammon.
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  • Loving and serving mammon is the root of all evil.
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  • Now, look at this verse, because it's strange the way
  • 00:11:43.110 --> 00:11:47.160
  • it reads, and a lot of us don't understand it.
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  • Verse 9 he says, "And I say to you,"
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  • this is Jesus talking, "Make friends for yourselves
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  • by unrighteous mammon.
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  • That when you fail, they may receive you
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  • into an everlasting home."
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  • Okay, I have to admit to you, when I first read that
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  • as a new believer, I totally misunderstood it.
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  • It's, you know, I'm thinking of unrighteous mammon
  • 00:12:11.240 --> 00:12:13.290
  • is just money, not a God or a spirit of greed.
  • 00:12:14.020 --> 00:12:17.160
  • And so, it says, "make friends with money."
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  • That's what I thought it meant.
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  • So, I thought it meant, you know, do favors
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  • for other people, and then when you're in trouble,
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  • they'll do something for you.
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  • You know, that's what it thought.
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  • That's not at all what he's saying.
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  • He's saying take this unrighteous mammon
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  • and redeem it by giving the firs to the house of God,
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  • and use this, use the money that Satan uses for evil,
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  • and you use if for good.
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  • And you use it to build the kingdom of God,
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  • and people will get saved.
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  • They will become your friends and brothers
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  • and sisters in Christ.
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  • And it says when you fail, this word fail means die.
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  • It means when you die.
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  • When you expire physically.
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  • Listen, "And when you die, they," these people
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  • who've come to Christ because you gave to the kingdom,
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  • listen, "Will welcome you into your eternal home."
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  • That's what he's saying.
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  • In other words, they're going to be people in Heaven
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  • that welcome me that say, "I'm here because you gave."
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  • I know that a missionary came and brought the gospel to us,
  • 00:13:21.160 --> 00:13:24.140
  • but I found out because when heaven sees,
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  • we're going to know things, I found out there were
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  • 47 people that supported that missionary,
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  • and you're one of the 47, and if you hadn't supported
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  • that missionary, I wouldn't be in the kingdom today.
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  • That's what he's talking about.
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  • See, God is the only one who can take unrighteous mammon
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  • and turn it into souls.
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  • True riches.
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  • That's what true riches are.
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  • When I first got saved, if you remember,
  • 00:13:48.050 --> 00:13:52.260
  • Debbie and I were married before I got saved,
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  • and when I got saved, I wanted a witness,
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  • but I just couldn't quite do it.
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  • And was shy, if you can believe that.
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  • And so, I got over it.
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  • But I was shy.
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  • So, I remember when I found tracks.
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  • Now, I don't know how many of you remember tracks.
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  • How many of you remember tracks?
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  • Tracks were like little books that shared the gospel story.
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  • And I thought, see I came out of drugs, so I thought
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  • this is cool, because tracks used to be when the policeman
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  • said, "Okay, roll your sleeve up, and..."
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  • And I thought, "Wow, I don't know who came up
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  • with the name for tracks.
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  • Must have been an ex addict, but it's great.
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  • That's great.
  • 00:14:36.170 --> 00:14:37.170
  • Go share the gospel through tracks," you know.
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.270
  • So, anyway, so I would get these tracks, and I would
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  • leave them on tables when we would eat, you know.
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  • I'd leave the tip inside.
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  • But nobody ever said anything.
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  • And so, I remember thinking to myself, "I'm just not
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  • leaving a big enough tip."
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  • And so, I talked to Debbie about it, we prayed about it.
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  • We saved up.
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  • We did not have enough to do this.
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  • We left a $50 bill in a track one time.
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  • Our meal might have been $10, you know.
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  • And a $50 tip with the track.
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  • We go back to that restaurant a few weeks later,
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  • and this lady that waited on us came back.
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  • She said, "I've been waiting to talk to you.
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  • I read that little book, and I gave my life
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  • to Jesus Christ.
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  • And she said that, and I called my husband
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  • and read it to him over the phone.
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  • And he gave his life to Jesus Christ."
  • 00:15:16.190 --> 00:15:19.050
  • And I got so excited.
  • 00:15:19.080 --> 00:15:20.090
  • But I remember her wording struck me kind of oddly.
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  • I said, "What do you mean you called your husband?
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  • I mean, was he at work, was he at home?"
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  • And she put her head down, and she said, "He's in prison."
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  • Can I tell you something?
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  • I'm going to meet that guy one day.
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  • And he's going to say, "Thank you for the $50 tip.
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  • Because I got saved because of that."
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  • By the way, a few years later, he got out of prison,
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  • and Debbie and I had the honor of meet, of seeing him
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  • and his wife get baptized.
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  • Simply because of that.
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  • See what I'm trying to tell you is that God can actually
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  • take our money and turn it into souls.
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  • It is amazing.
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  • You can give to the church and God can turn it into souls,
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  • it's phenomenal.
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  • So, money is not evil.
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  • Here's the third thing.
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  • Question, what should I do with my money?
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  • What should I do with money?
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  • What should I do with money?
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  • Well, let me just give you answer, is be a good steward
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  • with what you have.
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  • Just be a good steward with what you have.
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  • Now, here's what some of you might be thinking.
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  • "Pastor, I have two little of this unrighteous mammon
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  • to be concerned with this message.
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  • If I had more, then I would probably be taking notes
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  • and listening very intently.
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  • But, this just isn't really helping me."
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  • Okay, listen to me lovingly.
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  • If that's your way of thinking, that I have too little
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  • to be concerned with this that Jesus taught.
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  • Listen, if that's your way of thinking,
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  • you never will have anymore.
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  • Verse 10 says, "He who is faithful in what is least
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  • is faithful also in much.
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  • And he who is unjust in what is least is unjust
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  • also in much."
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  • Please hear me.
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  • If you have a little, and you don't tithe,
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  • you'll never have much.
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  • What God does is, we all start out with a little.
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  • And He sees if He can trust us.
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  • And if He can trust us, He gives us more,
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  • and He gives us more, and He gives us more,
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  • until we get to the level where we can be a blessing
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  • to our family and be a blessing to others.
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  • Whatever that amount would be.
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  • But if you're not faithful with a little,
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  • you're never going to have much.
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  • Verse 12 says, "And if you've not been faithful
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  • in what is another man's, who will give you
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  • what is your own?"
  • 00:18:11.060 --> 00:18:12.260
  • Now, there're a lot of applications for this,
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:15.080
  • but I just want to give you one application,
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:17.120
  • possible application.
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  • Remember, we've talked for a couple of weeks now
  • 00:18:19.030 --> 00:18:20.280
  • about the tithe.
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  • And I know God owns it all, but according to scripture,
  • 00:18:22.120 --> 00:18:25.130
  • he's reserved the tithe.
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  • He said, "It is mine.
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  • It belongs to me.
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  • I've set it apart.
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  • Don't touch it.
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  • If you take it, it's stolen.
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  • It's concentrated.
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  • It's holy.
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  • It's set apart to the Lord."
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  • Okay.
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  • If you've not been faithful in what's another man's,
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  • who will give you what is your own?
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  • Is it possible that one application of this verse
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:44.270
  • could be, if you're not faithful with the 10%,
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  • who will give you the 90?
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  • If you're not faithful with the tithe, which belongs
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:54.050
  • to the Lord, who's going to give you more?
  • 00:18:54.080 --> 00:18:58.010
  • And then look at verse 11, this is the last scripture
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:18:59.280
  • we're going to look at.
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  • It says, "Therefore, if you've not been faithful
  • 00:19:01.070 --> 00:19:03.040
  • in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit
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  • to your trust the true riches?"
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  • Okay, well what are true riches?
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  • Well I can tell you, it's real simple.
  • 00:19:12.060 --> 00:19:13.080
  • True riches are people.
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  • Heaven is being populated and hell is being plundered
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  • by our offerings.
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  • That's why it's so important for me to give, and why I see it
  • 00:19:28.100 --> 00:19:33.020
  • as a spiritual act, because when I give,
  • 00:19:33.050 --> 00:19:36.050
  • people are getting saved.
  • 00:19:36.080 --> 00:19:38.010
  • God is taking what was unrighteous mammon.
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  • I've redeemed it by giving the first to him,
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  • and then as I give offerings, He's turning it into
  • 00:19:43.260 --> 00:19:48.000
  • true riches.
  • 00:19:48.030 --> 00:19:49.000
  • True riches are people.
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  • When Ethan, my son in law, and Elaine, my daughter,
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:55.280
  • started dating, Ethan came to me, and talked to me first.
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  • And I set up guidelines, you know, for them.
  • 00:20:01.140 --> 00:20:03.200
  • And because I wanted to see if he'd honor me.
  • 00:20:03.230 --> 00:20:07.120
  • Here's the reason.
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:08.150
  • If he wouldn't honor me, he wouldn't honor her.
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  • That's for some of the young men here.
  • 00:20:14.230 --> 00:20:19.190
  • And so I, we talked, I brought him in, we talked.
  • 00:20:19.220 --> 00:20:21.210
  • I also showed him my gun collection, by the way.
  • 00:20:21.240 --> 00:20:24.190
  • But, I gave him some rules to follow, and some things,
  • 00:20:24.220 --> 00:20:30.200
  • you know.
  • 00:20:30.230 --> 00:20:31.210
  • And then after a few months, and he did it,
  • 00:20:31.240 --> 00:20:33.080
  • he did everything right.
  • 00:20:33.110 --> 00:20:34.120
  • He did everything right.
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  • He did everything I told him to do.
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  • So after a few months, I gave him the okay to start dating.
  • 00:20:36.240 --> 00:20:40.090
  • And so one night, they're at seven,
  • 00:20:40.120 --> 00:20:41.270
  • our young adult group.
  • 00:20:42.000 --> 00:20:43.120
  • And they're standing around talking with our group of
  • 00:20:43.150 --> 00:20:45.070
  • young adults afterwards, and they were talking about
  • 00:20:45.100 --> 00:20:47.160
  • what it would be like to date the pastor's daughter, you know.
  • 00:20:47.190 --> 00:20:50.230
  • And it's Ethan, and Elaine, and seven or eight
  • 00:20:50.260 --> 00:20:53.290
  • other young adults, you know.
  • 00:20:54.020 --> 00:20:55.110
  • And it was funny, because one of them said to Elaine,
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:59.010
  • "You know, your dad is so strict on tithing,
  • 00:20:59.040 --> 00:21:02.100
  • I'll be he checks the tithing records on the guys
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  • that want to date you."
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:10.030
  • And Elaine said, "He does."
  • 00:21:10.060 --> 00:21:16.000
  • And when she said that, Ethan went, "Uh oh."
  • 00:21:16.030 --> 00:21:20.270
  • And Elaine said, "What are you saying?
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:22.280
  • You told me you tithed.
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  • You told me you tithed.
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  • What are you saying uh oh for?"
  • 00:21:25.100 --> 00:21:27.100
  • And Ethan said, "Well, there was one time
  • 00:21:27.130 --> 00:21:29.140
  • I was one day late."
  • 00:21:29.170 --> 00:21:32.070
  • And he explained to her, you know, she said,
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:35.210
  • "What do you mean?"
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:36.230
  • He said, "Well, I would always do my tithe,
  • 00:21:36.260 --> 00:21:38.000
  • I get paid on Friday.
  • 00:21:38.030 --> 00:21:39.070
  • So at work, I would go online and do my tithe.
  • 00:21:39.100 --> 00:21:41.230
  • I didn't have Internet at home because it costs so much."
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  • He's a real good steward.
  • 00:21:45.250 --> 00:21:47.050
  • And so, said, "I didn't have Internet at home,
  • 00:21:47.080 --> 00:21:48.290
  • so I would always do it at work on Friday when I got paid.
  • 00:21:49.020 --> 00:21:51.140
  • But one Friday I didn't go to work, I didn't have to work
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:53.200
  • that Friday, I had to work Saturday.
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:54.280
  • So, I did it on Saturday, but I've always regretted
  • 00:21:55.010 --> 00:21:57.100
  • that my tithe wasn't, you know, every Friday,
  • 00:21:57.130 --> 00:22:00.180
  • that I was one day late."
  • 00:22:00.210 --> 00:22:02.030
  • And they got to laughing.
  • 00:22:02.060 --> 00:22:03.110
  • And they said, "Oh," they said to Elaine,
  • 00:22:03.140 --> 00:22:06.070
  • "Your dad's not going to notice that."
  • 00:22:06.100 --> 00:22:07.270
  • Elaine said, "Yes he will."
  • 00:22:08.000 --> 00:22:12.250
  • So they said, "Why don't you ask him?
  • 00:22:12.280 --> 00:22:14.130
  • Why don't you ask him?"
  • 00:22:14.160 --> 00:22:15.130
  • So she came home that night.
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:16.220
  • She said, "Hey dad, did you check Ethan's tithing record?"
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  • I said, "Yeah I sure did."
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  • She said, "Well, was everything okay?"
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  • I said, "There was one time he was one day late.
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  • And the next time we meet, I'm going to ask him about it."
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  • Okay, but why wouldn't I check the tithing record
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  • of a young man that wants to date my daughter?
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • Why would I give my daughter to a thief?
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  • Why would I give true riches to someone that can't handle
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  • unrighteous mammon?
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  • Can't even handle money?
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  • Well let me say it another way.
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  • Why would the heavenly father who has all power to bless you,
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  • why would he bless you when you don't steward
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  • what you already have?
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  • ROBERT: The best way to break the spirit of mammon off
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  • of our lives is to give.
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  • To be generous, to tithe to our local church,
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  • and to give as the holy spirit leads us.
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  • because you love the Lord, and because you want to be
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  • generous to God's kingdom.
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  • I know our financial blessings did not happen
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  • until after we made the decision to tithe.
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  • And this was after we had gone down to one income.
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  • We really didn't have a lot of savings, didn't have a
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  • lot of retirement...
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  • But our life looked good.
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  • Yes.
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  • But.
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  • We had a nice home and nice cars.
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  • We weren't making good decisions.
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  • And we weren't good stewards over money.
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  • We had a view of money, I guess, that was --
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  • It was ours.
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  • Yes, ours to --
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  • We worked hard for it.
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  • But we did know people who tithed, but we could never
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  • understand how they could manage to do it.
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  • How could they afford to do it, yeah.
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  • Right.
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  • Kind of fear based.
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  • It was for me.
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  • It was fear based for me, like if we tithe,
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  • would we have enough for the end of that two week period,
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  • or the end of the month period, depending on when we got paid.
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  • When we began to tithe, it was difficult
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  • for the first period.
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  • I'll say for the first few years.
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  • We had to make some lifestyle adjustments.
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  • But once we did that, tithing was became much easier.
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  • And actually, within a few years, God had restored us
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  • to a two income level through one job.
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  • Through one income.
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  • And replaced the job that Karen had to give up.
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  • I mean, that was a powerful message to us,
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  • that God was there and blessing us.
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  • If you're diligent and faithful, and it's not a sprint,
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  • it's a marathon, you hang in there,
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  • God will multiply those blessings back to you.
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  • And this is for eternity.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best life isn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids, or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changes in your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart, you'll discover
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  • that there is so much more to life.
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