Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:5-7
Billy Graham – “If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life.”
61% of marriages that end in divorce are because of money issues.
Dave Ramsey – “It’s Never Too Late to Turn Things Around. You Are the Only Obstacle.”
Today – The Way OUT
Generosity – Not Random Acts of Giving.
The Promise – When you become generous, you will give more, save more, and consume less.
Jesus – HAPPIER
Generosity is not NATURAL.
4 Myths of Generosity
- Generosity is Spontaneous.
- Generosity is Determined by Cash Flow
- It’s the Amount that COUNTS.
- Only Rich People are Generous.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Definition of Generosity
Jesus Definition of Generosity — “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
When you FREE your money… you free yourself from your money.
Shon’s Translation — Happy is the person whose life is ordered around giving rather than receiving!
THE CRAZY CYCLE
MORE money does not generate more self-control, more discipline, or more contentment.
Prayer: God, we repent for believing the lie that everything that comes into our lives is for our consumption. We ask You to forgive us & we shut the door the enemy’s strategy to believe his lies. We break the power of greed & selfishness off of our lives. God, we put our trust in You because You always richly provide. So we ask for Your resource, favor, & Your blessing!