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Thrive - Week 1

2017-10-22

(Matthew 25:14) “The Kingdom of heaven [Jesus said] will be like a man going on a journey and he called his three servants together and he entrusted his property to them.” 

#1 - Everything I have belongs to God.

  • When you think it’s yours, you worry about it.

(Verse 15), it says, this master who loans his money out, “To one servant he gave five talents of money.  To another he gave two talents of money.  To another he gave one talent of money.” 

He gives five talents to one, two talents to another, one talent of gold to another, “…each according to his ability” then he left on his journey.

#2 - God wants me to be His manager.

Verse 16, “The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more talents of gold.  So the one with two talents also doubled his money.  But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and just hid his master’s money.”

  • You get to choose what you do with what God gives you.

That’s why in (Verse 19) After a long time the master of the three servants returned to settle his accounts.

#3 - God will hold us accountable.

(Verse 20-21) The man who received five talents brought the other five he had made.  “Master,” he said “You entrusted me with five talents.  See?  I’ve gained five more.”  His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

(Verse 24) Then the man who had received one talent came and said, “Master, I knew that you are a hard man harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and I went out and I hid your talent in the ground. Here’s what belongs to you.” 

(Verse 27) You should have at least put my money in the bank so I could make some interest. 

#4 - I must wisely use God’s money.

  • Doing nothing with what God has given me is inexcusable.

#5 - I must move against my fears.

  • Test - Do you trust me or do you trust yourself?

(Verse 28) the master says this, “Take away the money from this servant and give it to the one who has ten talents.” To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance!  But to those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.

#6 - If I don’t use it, I lose it.

  • Whatever you sow, you will reap.

#7 - God will reward me for good money management.

(Verse 21) The Master replied “Well done good and faithful servant!  You’ve been faithful in a few things, I will now put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master’s happiness!”

WIN - Money is the acid test of how much you trust God. 

Jesus said, “If you are untrustworthy with worldly wealth who will trust you with the true riches of heaven.  And if you’re not faithful with other people’s money why should you be trusted with money of your own. No one can serve two masters.  You’re going to either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”

If God did an audit of your life right now on your finances, what grade would He give you?  A, B, C, D, F? 

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