My Money | Week 6

As for Me and My House

Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJV) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion (authority, mastery, control, rule, reign) over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed (to kneel and ascribe adoration, to adore—to love and respect deeply) them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful (bear, bring forth, produce, cause to be, make, grow, increase) and multiply (become much, many or great); fill (accomplish) the earth and subdue (tread down, beat or make a path, press, squeeze, kneadmessage) it; have dominion (authority, mastery, control, rule, reign) over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

Genesis 2:7-9 (NKJV)

And the Lord God formed (as a potter fashions a vessel from clay) man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


Genesis 2:15-17 (NKJV)

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend (work, serve, till, cultivate, plow) and keep (watch, preserve, be circumspect, take heed, keeper, mark, look narrowly, observe, be careful with) it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

 

  • For there to be LOVE there had to be a choice—Love doesn’t exist without a choice.

  • But with the existence of a choice, there was always the chance that we would choose wrong.

 

FOR ALL THIS TO WORK, GOD HAD TO BE FIRST.


Genesis 3:1-6 (NKJV)

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.


Genesis 3:17-19 (NKJV)

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded (chose) the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil (painful labor—hurt, pain, grief, sorrow) you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

 

NOTICE: Provision

1.)  OBEDIENCE to God’s instruction (God makes grow):

a.    Genesis 2:9And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.

2.)  DISOBEDIENCE to God’s instruction (we “make” grow):

a.    Genesis 3:17-19“Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil (painful labor—hurt, pain, grief, sorrow)  you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground.

 

NOTICE: Not following God’s instruction makes us solely responsible for our provision.

  • Work twice as hard with all the stress, anxiety, and worry and still have nothing to show for it.

 

NOTICE: Drastic Difference between working for purpose vs. provision

1.)  OBEDIENCE to God’s instruction—Our work is focused on something TOTALY different.

a.    Genesis 1:28 “Be fruitful (bear, bring forth, produce, cause to be, make, grow, increase) and multiply (become much, many or great); fill (accomplish, confirm) the earth and subdue (tread down, beat or make a path, press, squeeze, knead, message) it; have dominion (authority, mastery, control, rule, reign) over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

2.)  DISOBEDIENCE to God’s instruction:

a.    Genesis 3:17-19 In toil (painful labor—hurt, pain, grief, sorrow)  you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

 

When we don’t follow God’s instructions, we are hurting ourselves.

 

God’s original plan was that He would provide for us, so our work could be devoted to our purpose.

  • Disobedience to God’s instruction turns that upside down.

 

Malachi 3:8-12 (NKJV)

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.

 

God doesn’t want our money; He does want our choice.

 

Joshua 24:14-15 (NKJV)

14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

The only way He can provide for us is if we choose HIM.

  • When we don’t trust God with our money, we are saying, “I don’t believe you.”

  • When we turn away from God, we turn away from His help.

God’s desire for us can be seen in creation.

  • We rob him of the pleasure of blessing us and providing for us—which is His heart’s desire.

  • Ultimately, we rob him of a fully devoted relationship.

  • When we “keep” our money, we keep part of our heart.

 

10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. 11“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.

 

NOTICE: When we go all in with God and follow His instructions, there is a shift.

1.)  INSTEAD OF Genesis 3:17-19“Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground.

2.)  THERE IS A RETURN Genesis 2:9And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.

3.)  TO THE PURSUIT OF PURPOSE Genesis 1:28 “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

If we are don’t trust God with our money, we don’t trust God.

 

Every time you give—You are saying, “I trust God.” You are saying, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Crosspointe Church