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Materialism: Money and Greed.


I Timothy 6:6-10; 17-19

INTRODUCTION: The Bible is replete with warnings against loving money.

Matthew 6:20-21, “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus commends the use of financial assets for the purposes which are heavenly and eternal.

Ecclesiastes 5:10, “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
This also is vanity.”

The love of money is never satisfied.

Ecclesiastes 5:12b, “But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.”

Proverbs 11:24-25, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right,
but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich,
and he who waters will also be watered himself.”

The principle of generosity; stinginess leads to poverty. The one who gives receives.

Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the LORD with your possessions,
and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

Calls for us to give our first and best to the Lord

J.D. Rockefeller said, “I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness.” Later he said, “The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money.”

Cornelius Vanderbilt said, “The care of millions is too great a load, there is no pleasure in it.”

John Jacob Astor described himself as “the most miserable man on earth.”

Roman proverbs put it this way, “Money is like sea water, the more you drink the thirstier you get.”

I. THE TEMPTATION OF THOSE WHO DESIRE TO
BE RICH. 6-10

A. PRINCIPLE. 6

Jesus is the source of the believer’s contentment; self-sufficiency; unmoved by external circumstances

Note v.5 teaches that false teachers would have you believe that “godliness is a means of gain” – the driving motivation of monetary gain

v.6 Contentment -means to be satisfied and sufficient, and to seek nothing more than what one has

2 Corinthians 3:5, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God

2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Grace here refers to money and material needs. You give and God replenishes so you always have plenty and will not be in need. 2 Corinthians 9:9 teaches that the Lord rewards now and in eternity.

People are truly rich when they are content with what they have. The richest person is the one who doesn’t need anything else.

SECRET OF CONTENTMENT

“Add not to a man’s possessions but take away from his desires.”
Greek Philosopher Epicurus

By Johnny Hunt

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