Problem Promise Praise – Important parts of Christian life.
At times we have more faith for believing the problem we face than the promise we have from God.
2 Cor 1:20
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes and in Him Amen to the glory of God through us
Every problem is designed in His eternal plan to accomplish His never failing promise.
Prayer, Thanksgiving and worship – 3 different levels of coming to God.
In thanksgiving we praise God for what He gives. Worship concentrates on blesser not blessing.
When the troubles of life come, don’t put your focus on the problem, put it on the Word.
Worship in your “Why”
I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing – 2 Samuel 24:24
Habakuk 3:17; Acts 16:25
Love of money
1 Tim 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pieced themselves with many griefs.
Thinking of money all the time can be called love of money.
Love of money makes us greedy, selfish, unhappy, liar.
Signs of love money:
1. Job 31: 24, 25. Forget God.
Trust money more
2. serve money more than God.
No one can server two master for either he will hate the one and love the other
3. Tempted to sin.
1 Tim 6:9
For those who want to get rick fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
4. Obsessed of getting rich.
The leech has two daughters Give, Give
5. Think twice before putting in the money box.
6. Neglect God’s word
Now the pharisees, who were lovers of money were listening to all these things and were scoffing at him
Dangers of love money
He who trust in his riches will fall but the righteous will flourish like the green leaf
Be content with what you have.
He who loves one will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
Being free from the love money
1. Deuteronomy 8:18
Remember the Lord your Go for it is He who is giving your power to make wealth.
2. 1 Timothy 6:17
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches
3. Be generous
4. Ask God for wisdom. Ecclesiastes 7:12
5. Being close to God
Job 22:24 Place your gold in the dust, then the Almighty will be your gold and choice silver to you.
Psalms 119:36,37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, revive me in your ways.
We take our problems seriously, not concentrate on God.
Share our problems with some believer brother/elder who will give correct guidance.
Let us consider one how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth ….. but that which will give grace to those who hear.
But encourage one another day after day as long as it is called “Today” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Psalms 100:5; Jeremiah 29:11
Psalms 27 – Remedy for fear. Gives courage/strength.
Remember God’s goodness in the past.
Keep faith that we will see the goodness of God
James 1:4. The problems are to increase of faith.
Do not worry about tomorrow. Sufficient is unto the day is the evil thereof.
In all labor there is profit but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Forgiveness: Matthew 18:21-35
Forgive others as Jesus has forgiven you.