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Kraig J. Rice
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Money
Philemon
Malachi encouraged the paying of tithes
(Malachi chapter 3)
Jacob's dream of prosperity
Genesis chapter 31
Jacob shared his wealth
Genesis chapter 32
No inheritance for Laban's daughters
Genesis chapter 31
The false premise of the modern prosperity
gospel- Genesis chapter 15
Abraham paid tithes to God
(Genesis chapter 14)
Jacob promised to pay tithes to God
(Genesis chapter 28)


Note: all Revelation links are under construction for awhile and will not work.

The palm branches of wealth
Revelation chapter 7
Future demonic control over business &
commerce- Revelation chapter 9
Demonic control over money & commerce
(Revelation chapter 9)
 

Worrying about something that may never happen
is like paying interest on money you may never borrow

"Unless you are faithful in small matters, you will not be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you will not be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people's money, why should you be trusted with money of your own? No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money"
-Jesus Christ
(Luke 16:10-13 Living Bible).

Jesus Selection Criteria:

Look for people who are already demonstrating trustworthiness in whatever they are doing now- even if it seems like it is no BIG deal.

Trustworthiness ALWAYS starts somewhere:

-be faithful for your time with God
-be faithful in your small group
-be faithful in your family
-be faithful behind closed doors
-be faithful in your jobs
-be faithful in your neighborhood
-be faithful in your volunteering
-be faithful in small acts of kindness
-be faithful in keeping small commitments

Avoid people who are dishonest, even in seemingly insignificant matters.

Judas Iscariot...as a keeper of the money bag- he used to help himself to what was put into it...
(John 12:6b).
Little issues must be handled in their early stages- because they grow.

Look for people who handle their money wisely- they often handle people well, too.

Little Treasures are a measuring stick for Big Ones

Avoid people who are careless with other peoples property or possessions.

There is an often believed myth called the "Principle of More" and it is a LIE.

Avoid people who love money more than God- because you cannot serve two masters.

We must choose our true North, or
we will wander
and people will wonder.

God's provision
is always behind
God's call

Did Jesus ever talk about how to handle money?
Before I answer this question let me diverse a little. One time I worked for a certain foreman who drove a bus for a secular company. I was also driving a bus at the same time when we both arrived at a public gas station in separate vehicles. I had the station attendant fill my bus with gasoline. I was honest in my business transactions. The foreman ordered the attendant to give him ten dollars of gasoline and then write him out a receipt for twenty dollars. That way the foreman would present the receipt to his manager at the bus terminal and get reimbursed twenty dollars. But he only paid for ten dollars worth of gasoline out of his own pocket. That meant that he was dishonest and had actually stolen ten dollars from the company that he worked for. And he got away with it...

"Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people's money, why should you be trusted with money of your own? No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, naturally scoffed at all this. Then he said to them, "You like to look good in public, but God knows your evil hearts. What this world honors is an abomination in the sight of God."
(Luke 16:10-15).

So Jesus did talk about money and how to handle it. Some scholars think that He never carried any money on Him at all. Some think He only carried enough money on His person to purchase one meal for one person. I don't know if those opinions are true or not. Judas Iscariot carried His money bag. I knew a man one time who said that he did not believe in giving God ten percent of his income. The man was unsaved. He did not pray, go to church, or read his bible, but he always had a "bone to pick" with any Christian minister about giving his most treasured commodity- his money. God does not want the money of the unsaved- God wants the heart of the unsaved and "luke warm" individuals to change by His power. God wants the heart and not the wallet. God does not expect the unsaved to pay tithes.

But how about tithes? Does God expect the saved (His children) to pay tithes? Is tithing for gentile believers a New Testament priority? Before I answer this question let me share with you some of the teachings of Jesus about money and possessions:

"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be"
(Matthew 6:19-21).

Jesus is saying that one's giving comes from his heart. He also said that what one says comes from his heart. He also said that what one does comes from his heart. The fruit is in the root. What is the motivation for whatever a Christian does? True motivation comes from love. Therefore, a true believer's motive for giving money is on a love basis and not on a legal basis (as in the Old Testament dispensation). The legal basis of a believer giving money is not valid in the New Testament dispensation. In other words if a true believer does not give money he is going to hell. If that were the case then the giving of money would be "works of salvation" and any person could pay God to take him to heaven regardless of his unsaved condition. This is unscriptural. The interpretation of giving may not be valid in this New Testament dispensation, however, the principle of giving is valid for today. God would not have started the church lest He had some way to finance it.

How does God respond to our giving? Before I answer this question let me diverge from the subject for a moment. One time I went to an animal circus. The animals were expected to act in a certain way. For instance, the dolphin had to swim under a small floating ring made of plastic and come out of the water with it around his nose. If the dolphin did not do it right he was not punished, however, he was not rewarded, either. When the dolphin did the trick right he was rewarded- the animal trainer threw it a fish to eat. Giving money to God is considered a form of worship. It comes from your heart of love. If you are saved and you do not give your money to God then you are not punished, however, you won't be rewarded, either. If you are saved and you do give your money to God from a right motive of love then God will respond to your giving. How? This is what Jesus said:

"If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving- large or small- it will be used to measure what is given back to you" (NLT)
(Luke 6:38).

There is a principle laid down here from our Lord. The principle is that you will receive more back from the Lord than you initially gave to Him. In other words you will be rewarded for correct behavior. A late pastor friend of mine used to say to his congregation, "God shovels back with a bigger shovel than what you or I shovel to Him with."

"...You will always reap what you sow!"
(Galatians 6:7).

The Lord has laid down here another principle in regards to giving. You will reap what you sow. If you sow in giving money to the Lord with the right motive then you will reap money in return. This is a spiritual law that won't be broken by God. God will never stay in debt to any man. There is a certain joy that comes from giving money to the Lord and His work that is hard to prove to anyone but the giver. I recommend that you try it for yourself to see what I mean if you are unfamiliar with it. God has ways of stretching your ninety percent to well over one hundred per cent. At times there is "a miracle of multiplication" where you are blessed abundantly and over the point that the mathematical numbers never come out the way you expect when figured intellectually.

Now, I want to stop preaching and start meddling (in your life). If you are saved the good Lord expects you to pay ten percent of your income to your church where you are getting your spiritual nourishment. Your local church pastor is in the similar position as were the Levitical priests in the Old Testament times. God expects His people to support His church. The ten percent amount and figure does not come from Kraig J. Rice. The ten percent figure comes from God. It is firmly established in His word.

As I have already taught, the good Lord will bless you and reward you for your faithfulness to Him. I can assure you from experience that your local pastor likes to eat regularly and likes to pay his bills on time. Your local church needs your financial support. Your church is a light house to the community where it exists for evangelism purposes and it also has a foreign missions budget to help reach the unreached. Your church also has certain programs that is deemed important to bless it's members and help reach it's community for Christ.

When you sign a membership card for local church involvement then you pledge your word to your local church Board of Directors to tithe ten percent of your income there. Love offerings are free will donations paid in addition to the tithe.

I heard of a pastor one time who had a congregation where most of the folks did not tithe for one reason or another. So the pastor challenged them all to test God for one year. The pastor challenged them- that after one year- they would never have to pay another cent to his church if God let them down and did not bless them back more than they had given. The folks agreed to this test. They tried it for one year. After the year was up the pastor asked for the results. The results were one hundred percent in favor of paying the local tithe. I can assure you. Pay your tithes. Do your part and God will always do His part.

Don't honk if you love Jesus
Tithe if you love Jesus
anyone can honk!

The Story of the Three Servants
Matthew 25:14-30: (NLT)

14"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a trip. He called together his servants and gave them money to invest for him while he was gone.

15He gave five bags of gold to one, two bags of gold to another, and one bag of gold to the last- dividing it in proportion to their abilities- and then left on his trip.

16The servant who received the five bags of gold began immediately to invest the money and soon doubled it.

17The servant with two bags of gold also went right to work and doubled the money.

18But the servant who received the one bag of gold dug a hole in the ground and hid the master's money for safekeeping.

19"After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.

20The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of gold said, `Sir, you gave me five bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.'

21The master was full of praise. `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'

22"Next came the servant who had received the two bags of gold, with the report, `Sir, you gave me two bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.'

23The master said, `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'

24"Then the servant with the one bag of gold came and said, `Sir, I know you are a hard man, harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate.

25I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth and here it is.'

26"But the master replied, `You wicked and lazy servant! You think I'm a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn't plant and gathering crops I didn't cultivate?

27Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest.

28Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of gold.

29To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.

30Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"

What is the Lord teaching us in this story? Everything on the earth belongs to the Lord. He created it all and He owns it all. Everything that you and I use here is only borrowed to start with. I have never seen a loaded hearst pulling a U-haul trailer behind it. We don't take this world's goods to heaven with us. We leave it all behind us after we die. So, with this preface in mind, what is the story about? The story is about the heart of man, his priorities, and his money. And it's a story about you and me. The Lord commands us "to occupy" while He is gone (to Heaven). "To occupy" means to be responsible with what earthly goods we are each blessed with until Christ returns or until we die, whatever is first.

While the owner (the Lord) was away temporarily (in Heaven) but soon coming back, (the second advent) three individuals were selected on the earth. Two (love) servants were saved. They loved the Lord. They paid their tithes and were faithful with their money to invest it into God's work in His church. They used their money to build up God's kingdom. They used their money wisely in this regard. One had more money than the other one which is usually the case in church circles. One saint may have more than the one sitting on the other side of the church building in a Sunday morning worship service. But that is ok. These men were "other centered" rather than "self centered."

It is ok to have two bags of gold rather than five bags of gold. It is ok to have five bags of gold rather than two bags of gold. God does not love one more than the other. The emphasis is not on the amount of money you and I have. Rather the emphasis is on how faithful you and I are with what God has been given to us. Since all blessings come from God, what you and I have comes from God's hand of provision. So it is a fact that some Christians have more than others. Are you and I faithful to Him with what He has given us?

The third servant did not love the Lord. He was not saved. He belonged to the devil. Maybe he was an infiltrator into a local church congregation from a nearby witchcraft or satanic coven sent to cause division and trouble. What do you expect an individual like this to do with his money? Jesus indicated that one will spend their money on those things that they love the most. Your money will follow your heart. Jesus said this man hid his money rather than give any of it to God. His money followed his heart. He kept it all for himself. He was selfish. He was "self centered" rather than "other centered." At the judgment he was "weighed in the balance scale and found wanting." The Lord asked him about his faithfulness to Him. The man admitted to the Lord that he had not been faithful to God with his life nor with his money. The man had served himself first. He gave the Lord no regard.

The man was cast into outer darkness where hell is located. Hell is the garbage dump of the universe down wind, so to speak, and out of sight from those in Heaven. It's a bottomless pit of endless burning that never ceases. It's pure torment forever and ever. The man didn't want to go there. He probably never believed that hell existed. While on earth he served the devil and did the devil's will. Now, he gets his reward. He gets to spend eternity in a lake of fire with his master. They burn there together gnashing their teeth because of the endless pain and weeping tears of self pity.

So, what is the conclusion to Jesus' story?

"To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

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