Money and Responsible Handling of Resources

Our series of studies would not be complete without considering the principles by which a true disciple of Jesus should be guided in the matter of responsibly and biblically handling the natural resources which God has given to each one. In this study we will consider Biblical principles that apply to the way we handle the time, money and talents we have received from God. Most of us would like more resources – more free time, more money and more abilities.

True and False Apostles

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother. (1:1)

Paul is writing with tremendous spiritual authority. He is writing as an ‘apostle’, literally, ‘a sent one’ of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ actually sent Paul out by divine revelation. Paul has learned to know the voice of the Lord, and the Lord has entrusted Paul with a lot of responsibilty. Paul is not an apostle because he wanted to be, but because God chose him to be. It was the will of God.

Unbelief in Unbelievers

Unbelief is a spirit which causes people to reject what God says is true. The more we can get unbelief concerning God’s promises out of our own hearts, the more we will be effective in destroying it in those who do not yet believe. Unbelief binds the hand of God. It is one of the worst enemies to deal with.

Objections Answered to Deliverance Ministries

Clearing Up Some Misconceptions

First of all, its important to say that the position that a Christian can have a demon in them IS NOT the same as saying a Christian can be possessed by a demon or an unclean spirit. The word “possession” implies ownership. We belong to Jesus, we have been bought with a price, and therefore, no one should be arguing that a Christian can be possessed by demons.

Secondly, the Greek Word “daimonizomai” has been incorrectly translated with the word “possessed” in many Bibles.

Confessions on Diligence

The blessing of the Lord makes me rich, and he adds no sorrow to it. Pr 10.22

I will not be a lazy sluggard.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. Pr 14.22

In all labour there is profit – but idle chatter leads only to poverty. I get down to business. Pr 14.23

I am not lagging in diligence. I am fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Rom 12.11

Diligence is my precious possession. Pr 12.27

Diligent hands make me rich. Pr 10.4

The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labour. I will be diligent and rule.

Endurance

I am strengthened with all might, according to the Lord’s glorious power, for all patient endurance and longsuffering with joy! (Colossians 1:11)

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10)

I put on the whole armor of God, that I may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

I always carry about in my body the dying of the Lord Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in my mortal body. (2 Corinthians 4:10,11)

As a servant of God I commend myself in every way – through great endurance.

 

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