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The Ten Financial Commandments

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September 10, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The Ten Financial Commandments

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: We plan to fail when we fail to plan.
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  • If you don't have a plan -- let me say it this way --
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  • if you don't have a goal, you'll probably reach it,
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  • and so many people don't have a plan.
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  • That's all a budget is, is a plan.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I want to share a message with you,
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  • and it's a little different in the fact
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  • that I normally have three points,
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  • and we have a rhythm to that, I mean, we're all used to.
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  • So, I've got ten points, but so, I won't be able
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  • to spend as much time, but I'll do it in the three short hours
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  • that I have here. [Laughter]
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  • No, so here's the title today,
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  • "The Ten Financial Commandments."
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  • So, let me just say something.
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  • I know people who don't make much money who struggle
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  • with stewardship, and I know people
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  • who make a lot of money who still are not good stewards.
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  • So, we're not talking about how much money you make,
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  • we're talking about how you think about
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  • stewardship and ownership.
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  • And so God gave me these, and they're throughout the book,
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  • but I felt like the Lord showed me
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  • how to line these "Ten Financial Commandments"
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  • up with the Ten Commandments.
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  • So, I'll do that as we go throughout.
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  • All right, so, here's number one: Put God first.
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  • And we've talked some about tithing and giving
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  • the first 10% to God.
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  • Obviously, this goes with the first commandment,
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  • "You shall have no other gods before me," Exodus 20:3.
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  • But let me just show you a story.
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  • 1 Kings 17.
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  • This is talking about Elijah during a famine that lasted
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  • three years and six months.
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  • It says, "So he arose and went to Zarephath,
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  • and when he came to the gate of a city indeed a widow
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  • was there gathering sticks, and God told him
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  • to go to this widow.
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  • And he called to her and said, 'Please bring me
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  • a little water in a cup that I may drink.'
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  • And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said,
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  • 'Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.'
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  • So she said, 'As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread,
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  • only a handful of flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar,
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  • and see I'm gathering a couple of sticks
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  • that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son'--
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  • she's a widow, and she has an only son here, --
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  • 'that we may eat it and die.'
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  • And Elijah said to her, 'Do not fear,
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  • but do as you have said,' -- watch what Elijah says
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  • to a widow who has one meal left --
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  • 'but make me a small cake from it first.'"
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  • By the way, I think it's interesting,
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  • Elijah said, "Will you bring some water on some bread,
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  • you know what? Let's just make it cake, okay?"
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  • It's kind of the way pastors are when they finish their fast.
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  • All right, so, but notice the word "first,"
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  • "a cake from it first and bring it to me
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  • and afterward make some for yourself or your son.
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  • For thus says the Lord God of Israel,
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  • 'The bin of flour shall not be used,
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  • nor shall the jar of oil run dry until the Lord
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  • sends rain upon the earth.'"
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  • And he didn't, by the way, it was a miracle,
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  • a miraculous provision, but it was miraculous provision
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  • when she put God first. Now, think about this.
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  • There's a famine in the land.
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  • Why didn't God send Elijah to a rich person?
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  • Here's what many of us think, God sent Elijah
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  • to her so she could provide for Elijah.
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  • Listen to me carefully.
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  • He sent Elijah to her so God could provide for her.
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  • People think God wants us to tithe so the church
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  • can be taken care of. No.
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  • God wants you to tithe so you can be taken care
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  • of because God doesn't need your money.
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  • Here's the widow who had one meal left, and by the way,
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  • her son had a terminal disease and dies a few months
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  • after this, and Elijah raises her son from the dead.
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  • It's not just so that God could provide for her,
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  • financially, food that she needed.
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  • God knew her son was going to die.
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  • See, here's what I'm trying to say, when you put God first,
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  • it's your family.
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  • It's more than just your finances come into the order.
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  • Your family comes in order.
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  • I remember when we were giving an offering one time,
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  • I watched a family one time do that in our church,
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  • and when they did that, when they came to put it,
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  • I knew their daughter was away from the Lord.
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  • And I saw them stand there and pray for a moment,
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  • and I really felt like that was what they were praying for.
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  • Later they told me that that's true,
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  • they were praying for her.
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  • Within a few weeks she called and said,
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  • "I want to come to church with y'all."
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  • And she came to church.
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  • She has a beautiful family now.
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  • She's been in church ever since.
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  • I'm telling you, God's concerned about your family.
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  • But number one financial commandment: Put God first.
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  • Here's number two: Don't worship material things.
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  • Don't worship material things.
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  • This goes with the second commandment verse four
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  • of Exodus 20, "You shall not make for yourself
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  • a carved image."
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  • A carved image is an idol, an idol is something
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  • you put before God.
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  • Now, I want you to think about this.
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  • Again, I won't have time to spend on every point,
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  • very much time, and so I don't have much time on this point,
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  • but I just simply want you to think about this.
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  • Have you ever put a material thing before God? All right.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • Last week I asked how many of you have ever, you know,
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  • spent the night in someone else's house.
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  • I was trying to find out if I was the only moocher,
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  • you know, and I found out there are a lot of you.
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  • So, I'd like to find out if I'm the only idiot this time.
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  • So, I want to ask a question for everybody.
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  • Have you ever, every campus, have you ever bought something
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  • that you regretted buying?
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  • Can I see it? Okay.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • You may even be tithing, but we're talking about
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  • in this series good stewardship, which means you pray about
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  • everything you purchase, and you don't spend money
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  • without asking the owner if you can spend it.
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  • So, this is how a material thing becomes an idol.
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  • So, don't worship material things.
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  • Here's number three: Don't use God's name selfishly.
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  • Obviously, verse 7 of the Ten Commandments says,
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  • "Don't take the name of the Lord in vain." Okay.
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  • What do you think of when you think of a vain person?
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  • You think of a conceded person, a prideful person,
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  • a selfish person, a selfish person.
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  • He says, "Don't take the name of the Lord
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  • your God in vain." Okay.
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  • This word actually does mean "selfishly."
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  • Now, I believe we should not use, obviously, profanity and,
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  • obviously, profanity that uses God's name,
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  • but I think a lot of people use God's name in vain selfishly.
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  • In other words, we're praying for material things
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  • in Jesus' name rather than spiritual things.
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  • And by the way, it's okay to pray for your needs,
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  • Jesus taught us to.
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  • "Give us this day our daily bread."
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  • It's okay to even pray again for your wants and desires,
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  • but when we cross that line and it becomes selfish --
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  • You know, years ago, I told you before God spoke to Deb and me
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  • to get our finances in order,
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  • and one of the first things we had to do was sell this car
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  • we had a big payment on.
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  • I don't know if any of you ever bought a car
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  • you shouldn't have bought and had a big payment.
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  • Okay. How many --
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  • no, I'm not going to ask you to raise your hands, but --
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  • so, we sold this car that we had a big payment on,
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  • and we bought a car for $750 cash,
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  • but listen, we had so much peace and so much joy.
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  • We were -- we would, when we --
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  • every time we drove that car, we felt joy
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  • because we were finally getting our finances in order.
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  • Material things didn't mean anything to us anymore.
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  • We literally love that car.
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  • To this day, would love that car, and when we had it,
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  • we loved it.
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  • We prayed over it, we anointed it with oil,
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  • about a quart a week, we just loved that car.
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  • [Laughter] All right.
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  • So, that's number three.
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  • Don't use God's name selfishly.
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  • Here's number four: Be a good steward.
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  • We've talked about stewardship.
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  • This relates to the fourth commandment.
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  • "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
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  • Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
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  • seventh day, Sabbath work, in it you shall do no work."
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  • Okay, so, let me just briefly tell you how this relates
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  • to being a good steward.
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  • God is saying to you to be a good steward of your time
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  • and your energy.
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  • Working six days a week, resting one day a week,
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  • let me say it that way, is believing that God
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  • can do more in six days then you can in seven.
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  • And by the way, if you want to know how much God
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  • can do in six days, read Genesis 1.
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  • He can get a lot done in six days. Okay.
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  • Tithing is believing that God can do more with 90%
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  • than you can with a hundred percent.
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  • It's simply good stewardship.
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  • All good stewards, and you might want to write this down,
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  • it's probably in the notes on You Version,
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  • but if you try to remember, it's in the book,
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  • but all good stewards do these three things,
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  • all good stewards do these three things:
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  • They spend wisely, save diligently, and give generously.
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  • Spend wisely, save diligently,
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  • and give generously.
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  • If you're not doing those three things,
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  • you're not being a good steward of what God's given to you.
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  • Here's number five: Teacher your children.
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  • Teach your children about money and possessions
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  • and God and the Kingdom of God.
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  • This is the, again, the fifth commandment,
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  • "Honor your father and your mother."
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  • Why did God want children to honor their mother and father?
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  • Because that's where they were going to learn about God.
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  • That's where they -- your children are learning
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  • about God and money from you, the way you talk about,
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  • the way you handle money, whether you give to the church,
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  • the way you talk about it when you're around the house.
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  • If you say things like, "We just need more money.
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  • Our problems would be solved if we had more money."
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  • You know what you're doing?
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  • You're actually teaching your children to serve money.
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  • Here's number six: Live on a budget.
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  • It goes along, in my opinion, with the sixth commandment,
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  • "You shall not murder."
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  • Two reasons, one is, if you're not living on a budget,
  • 00:10:29.100 --> 00:10:32.080
  • you're killing yourself.
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  • Second reason is, sometimes when you live on a budget
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  • you want to kill yourself. Okay.
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  • So that's -- I had to make this one work
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  • just a little bit, all right?
  • 00:10:40.210 --> 00:10:45.010
  • We plan to fail when we fail to plan.
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  • Let me say it again because it's tweetable.
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  • We plan to fail when we fail to plan.
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  • If you don't have a plan, let me say it this way,
  • 00:10:58.150 --> 00:11:01.210
  • if you don't have a goal, you'll probably reach it.
  • 00:11:01.240 --> 00:11:08.040
  • And so many people don't have a plan.
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  • That's all a budget is, is a plan.
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  • Years ago, I went back to see when it was, 2005,
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  • so 14 years ago, I preached and I talked about, in our home,
  • 00:11:17.220 --> 00:11:22.070
  • we implemented Mr. Budget.
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  • Do any of you remember that?
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  • Or maybe you went back and listened to it
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  • or you saw it in one of the books or something. Okay.
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  • Here's -- it's a great tool --
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  • here's a great thing about a budget.
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  • A budget helps you to make financial decisions
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  • without emotion because it makes them for you.
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  • It's like a map.
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  • By the way, if you're lost financially, it's because
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  • you're not using a map.
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  • But here's the great thing, you don't have to write
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  • your own map.
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  • A lot of people -- and I'm spending
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  • a little time on this one because
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  • it's very important to me, and I feel like
  • 00:11:55.120 --> 00:11:56.260
  • it's important for you to hear --
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  • a lot of people think, I don't know how to write it,
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  • and I don't want anyone to help me because I don't want them
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  • to see the shape I'm in.
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  • So, don't be afraid to ask for help, okay?
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  • We want to help you.
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  • We want to help you. So, live on a budget.
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  • Here's number seven: Live below your means.
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  • Live below your means. All right.
  • 00:12:16.100 --> 00:12:18.000
  • This goes along with the seventh commandment,
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  • verse 14 of Exodus 20, "You shall not commit adultery."
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  • When you commit adultery, you're living above
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  • God's provision for your life.
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  • It's the same way when you live above your means.
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  • Now, please let me tell you, there are two reasons
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  • why people live above their means.
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  • One, they're not content. Please hear me.
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  • When you live above your means, when you buy things
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  • you can't afford, I'm going to say this really strongly,
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  • you are shaking your fist in the face of God,
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  • and you are telling God, "I am not content with you,
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  • and I am not content with your provision for me,
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  • so I'm going to do it my way." Now, I know that's strong,
  • 00:13:00.290 --> 00:13:05.090
  • but sometimes we need to hear something strong
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  • to understand how what we're doing and why we're doing it.
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  • Listen to -- I love this Scripture --
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  • Philippians 4:11, this is Paul, "I have learned
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  • in whatever state I am" --
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  • I guess he wrote this because he must not have
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  • been in Texas at the time, sorry --
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  • "to be content." Okay.
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  • Even if I'm not in Texas, I'm still -- All right.
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  • "I've learned in whatever state I am" --
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  • now, he talks about in abounding and being abased.
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  • We don't use that word a lot, but that means "not abounding"
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  • in essence, all right.
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  • He said, "I've learned to be content."
  • 00:13:43.160 --> 00:13:45.070
  • Here's what I --
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  • I underline words sometimes in the Bible so we'll get it --
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  • "learned," "I have learned." This is the greatest apostle
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  • who ever lived that wrote a third of the New Testament.
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  • "I have learned to be content." You know what that tells me?
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  • That means you can learn it.
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  • That means it's attainable.
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  • That means I might not be content now,
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  • but I have learned
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  • that I'm going to be content whether I'm abounding,
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  • doing really well financially at the time,
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  • or I'm really tight at the time.
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  • I've learned how to be content because my contentment
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  • doesn't rest upon my finances, it rests upon God.
  • 00:14:19.240 --> 00:14:24.240
  • Here's number eight: Don't buy now and pay later.
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  • Eighth financial commandment, don't buy now and pay later.
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  • This goes along with the eighth commandment,
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  • "You shall not steal." It's stealing to spend money
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  • you don't have.
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  • I read a figure recently, 80% of all tax refunds
  • 00:14:44.160 --> 00:14:49.140
  • are spent before they get them, 80% of people spend it,
  • 00:14:49.170 --> 00:14:55.050
  • put it on a credit card before they get it once
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  • they know how much they're going to get back.
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  • They spend it before they ever get it.
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  • Here is the problem with that, God wired you,
  • 00:15:00.080 --> 00:15:05.050
  • wired you emotionally to hope.
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  • Let me show you a verse that has word "hope"
  • 00:15:09.180 --> 00:15:11.100
  • in it four times.
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  • I love this verse, Romans 8:24, "For we were saved in this hope,
  • 00:15:12.270 --> 00:15:17.060
  • but hope that is seen or realized is not hope,
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  • for why does one still hope for what he sees
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  • or what he's already got?" Okay.
  • 00:15:27.240 --> 00:15:30.060
  • Let me say it in other words.
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  • I mean, if you could remember these two words:
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  • "delayed gratification."
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  • God wired you to look forward to things, to want something,
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  • to work for something, to wait for it
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  • and then once you get it, the joy you have is overwhelming
  • 00:15:46.270 --> 00:15:52.070
  • because you had to wait for it and you had to work for it.
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  • But we don't do that anymore.
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  • We want it, we take the little plastic card,
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  • and we go buy it.
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  • And do you realize that's why you don't have the joy
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  • that actually God wants -- See, God doesn't mind
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  • that you get a new TV that you can actually see which color
  • 00:16:10.070 --> 00:16:15.090
  • the jerseys are. You know, it's okay.
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  • He doesn't mind that.
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  • He just doesn't want you experiencing grief
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  • then for months and months and months over that new purchase.
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:26.060
  • He'd love for you to experience joy over that new purchase.
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  • So, it's delayed gratification.
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  • Hope, by the way, the clinical definition
  • 00:16:30.270 --> 00:16:35.140
  • of depression is a person who's lost hope.
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  • Do you realize America is the most in-debt society
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  • in the world and the most depressed in the world?
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  • See, the only reason God said these things
  • 00:16:53.280 --> 00:16:56.260
  • is for us to be happy, for us to have joy.
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  • Buying that -- don't buy it now and pay for it later.
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:04.030
  • So, when Debbie and I decided to get out of debt,
  • 00:17:04.060 --> 00:17:06.130
  • we said we're not buying anything
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  • that is not a necessity, anything, nothing.
  • 00:17:08.100 --> 00:17:12.170
  • If it's not a necessity, if it's a luxury item,
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:15.120
  • we're not buying it, period,
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  • until we're completely out of debt.
  • 00:17:16.290 --> 00:17:18.150
  • And that was a strong commitment,
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:21.060
  • and you can do it slower than that if you want.
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  • We just said we are going for it all the way.
  • 00:17:23.090 --> 00:17:25.290
  • So, one Saturday night, Debbie came in
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:31.080
  • with her hairdryer and said, "It broke and this is a necessity.
  • 00:17:31.110 --> 00:17:41.180
  • This is not a luxury item."
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  • Now I can do this and dry my hair, so I don't need it.
  • 00:17:43.210 --> 00:17:48.000
  • But she said, "This is a necessity for me."
  • 00:17:48.030 --> 00:17:50.090
  • I said, "I understand." I said, "Do you need it" --
  • 00:17:50.120 --> 00:17:53.140
  • this was I don't know when on Saturday night --
  • 00:17:53.170 --> 00:17:54.220
  • but I said, "Do you need it before church in the morning?"
  • 00:17:54.250 --> 00:17:57.020
  • She said, "I won't need it before church in the morning,
  • 00:17:57.050 --> 00:17:59.140
  • but I will need it pretty quickly."
  • 00:17:59.170 --> 00:18:01.240
  • I said, "Okay."
  • 00:18:01.270 --> 00:18:03.000
  • I said, "We've been learning about God's provision."
  • 00:18:03.030 --> 00:18:07.100
  • I said, "Let's pray and ask God about this."
  • 00:18:07.130 --> 00:18:12.100
  • And so we prayed about a hairdryer. Okay.
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  • Not that I wasn't going to provide it for her,
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  • I just wanted to pray. I wanted to put God first.
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  • We go to church the next morning, we come home,
  • 00:18:22.210 --> 00:18:25.270
  • on our front porch is a package with a note that says,
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:30.180
  • "I was at Walmart yesterday, and I felt led
  • 00:18:30.210 --> 00:18:33.250
  • to buy this for you." It was a hairdryer.
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  • [Applause]
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  • God provides supernaturally when we decide to do it His way.
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  • I promise you.
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  • Here's number nine: Be a good witness.
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  • Be a good witness.
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  • This lines up, ninth commandment, "You shall not
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:56.080
  • bear false witness against your neighbor."
  • 00:18:56.110 --> 00:18:59.260
  • God wants us to bear true witness of Himself
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  • even to our neighbors. So, listen to me.
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  • If you're telling your neighbor about God,
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  • and he's looking over your shoulder wondering why
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:15.290
  • you don't paint your shutters, but you have a new car,
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  • that's a poor witness.
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  • The way we handle our finances is a good witness
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  • or a bad witness about God.
  • 00:19:30.210 --> 00:19:33.190
  • And by the way, you say, "Well, hey, I went through
  • 00:19:33.220 --> 00:19:35.270
  • a tough time back in 2009 and I lost everything.
  • 00:19:36.000 --> 00:19:40.270
  • Are you saying I was a bad witness?"
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  • No, not if you went through that with joy in your heart
  • 00:19:42.150 --> 00:19:45.210
  • and trust in God.
  • 00:19:45.240 --> 00:19:47.060
  • So, I'm not saying everything works out
  • 00:19:47.090 --> 00:19:48.150
  • perfectly all the time, but I'm saying
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:51.100
  • that our neighbors who know we're believers are watching
  • 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:53.230
  • how we're living our life, and they're watching
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  • how we live our lives financially.
  • 00:19:55.150 --> 00:19:57.150
  • So, that's nine. Here's number ten: Be content.
  • 00:19:57.180 --> 00:20:00.210
  • We talked a little bit about contentment,
  • 00:20:00.240 --> 00:20:03.090
  • but the reason I wanted to say this is the ninth commandment
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:06.180
  • is, "You shall not covet your neighbor's house or anything
  • 00:20:06.210 --> 00:20:09.130
  • that is your neighbor's." But let me tell you
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:11.110
  • about covetousness, because if you're content,
  • 00:20:11.140 --> 00:20:14.110
  • you don't covet what someone else has.
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  • If you're content with what God's provided for you.
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  • Colossians 3:5 says, "Therefore put to death
  • 00:20:18.070 --> 00:20:20.270
  • your members which are on the earth."
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  • Now, look at the list that covetousness is in,
  • 00:20:22.210 --> 00:20:25.170
  • fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire.
  • 00:20:25.200 --> 00:20:32.060
  • Watch this, many people never seen this about covetousness,
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:36.080
  • "and covetousness, which is idolatry." Okay.
  • 00:20:36.110 --> 00:20:42.070
  • The reason it's idolatry is because whatever
  • 00:20:42.100 --> 00:20:48.060
  • you are coveting, you've made an idol out of.
  • 00:20:48.090 --> 00:20:50.140
  • But I'm going to tell you, I'm going to go a little bit
  • 00:20:50.170 --> 00:20:52.040
  • further with this, not only do you make an idol out of it,
  • 00:20:52.070 --> 00:20:55.110
  • if you covet what your neighbor has,
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:57.140
  • if your neighbor gets a new car and you covet his new car,
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  • if you covet it, not only do you make an idol of that,
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:03.260
  • but you make your neighbor God.
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  • You want to know why?
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:12.020
  • Because you don't buy a new car now when God tells you to,
  • 00:21:12.050 --> 00:21:15.060
  • you buy a new car when your neighbor buys new car.
  • 00:21:15.090 --> 00:21:18.280
  • Your neighbor gets a new house, so you get a new house.
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  • Your neighbor gets new drapes, you get new drapes.
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  • Your neighbor now is God.
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  • So, you don't do what God tells you to with your finances,
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:28.210
  • you do what your neighbor told you to.
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  • He don't even have to tell you, he just has to show you.
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  • You following me?
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  • This is the tenth commandment, and it's the tenth
  • 00:21:34.090 --> 00:21:35.190
  • financial commandment, when you covet
  • 00:21:35.220 --> 00:21:37.050
  • what someone else has, what you're coveting becomes an idol,
  • 00:21:37.080 --> 00:21:41.260
  • and the person who has it becomes God.
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  • Don't let someone else spend your money.
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  • That was good too.
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:51.090
  • Don't let someone else spend your money.
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  • Let God tell you how to spend His money
  • 00:21:53.250 --> 00:21:56.160
  • that you're the steward of. Okay.
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:59.160
  • Last testimony, remember living beyond blessed
  • 00:21:59.190 --> 00:22:03.210
  • is living so that we can be a blessing.
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  • Please always remember that.
  • 00:22:06.160 --> 00:22:07.270
  • So, for years and years and years,
  • 00:22:08.000 --> 00:22:10.010
  • Debbie and I did not use credit cards at all
  • 00:22:10.040 --> 00:22:12.150
  • because we wanted to -- we didn't trust ourselves --
  • 00:22:12.180 --> 00:22:16.050
  • and it took us a while to get on a budget
  • 00:22:16.080 --> 00:22:18.180
  • to have savings in the bank, to get our finances in order.
  • 00:22:18.210 --> 00:22:22.120
  • It took us a while.
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  • Then, I can remember when I decided I'm going to start
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  • using credit cards and making sure I've got the money
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  • in the bank and paid at the end of the month.
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  • And the main reason that I do that,
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  • a lot of you will say it's convenience.
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  • It's not for me, it's points. I love points.
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  • All right, so, but you've got to have things
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  • in balance financially to do it. Okay.
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  • But when we would go on vacation,
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  • we would take cash, and we would spend cash for years.
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  • So, one vacation we went to Colorado,
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  • we had started putting stuff on credit cards,
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  • but again we paid it at the end of the month in full, okay,
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  • and so we're on vacation.
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  • I'm having my quiet time in Colorado
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  • beside this little stream, and I said, "Lord, thank you
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  • for bringing us to where you brought us financially,
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  • to where I can put it on a credit card and not be afraid
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  • because I have the money in the bank
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  • and I have it in the budget for vacation.
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  • So thank you for that.
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  • But it is kind of humorous to me that I got this big wad
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  • of hundred-dollar bills in my wallet."
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  • So, it just happened, okay.
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  • Debbie and I go to lunch that day.
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  • This family comes in, they start looking
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  • at the menu and counting it up and adding it up,
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  • they actually -- this was before --
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  • I think it wasn't a cell phone,
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  • it was like a little calculator they had.
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  • They were adding things up, looking at it on the menu,
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  • sharing meals, and when the meal came,
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  • they held hands and they prayed.
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  • And I was so proud of them for being good stewards,
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  • and I was looking at them thinking
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  • that I had that wad of cash in my wallet,
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  • and I, just that morning, I was saying to the Lord,
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  • "I don't know why I brought all this money with me."
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  • It was like right then the Lord said to me,
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  • "I know why you brought it."
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  • So, we went over to the table,
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  • talked to them for a little while,
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  • and then I told them, "God wants to bless you."
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  • I remember saying to the kids,
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  • "I want you kids to remember the day
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  • that God put it on the heart of a total stranger to pay
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  • for your vacation because you guys are being good stewards
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  • with what God's given you, and God blesses good stewards."
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Spend wisely, save diligently,
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  • and give generously.
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  • All these principles I've talked about today,
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  • living below our means, living with contentment,
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  • not coveting what someone else has,
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  • these are principles that God gave us to live a happy life.
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  • Remember the word "blessed" means happy.
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  • And my prayer for you truly is that you can live
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  • a life beyond blessed, that you have enough for your family,
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  • and that you also have enough to bless someone else
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  • when the Lord prompts you to.
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  • Hey, I love you so much.
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  • I love your love and your hunger for God's word.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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