Kingdom Builders – Lesson 1 Trusting God
September 28, 2020
RICH TOWARD GOD
Lesson 1 – TRUSTING GOD
And he told them this parable: “The ground of certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.’” Luke 12:16-18
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliott
1. There was nothing wrong with the man . It’s not the actual money, but the “love of money” that is a “root of all kinds of evil.”
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10
“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
One of the most important lessons we can learn about being toward God is that the Lord has never equated the presence of wealth or the lack of wealth with his approval.
• King David wrote, “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:12
• King Solomon wrote, “Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work this is a gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19
Choose to see God as the source of every blessing.
2. To fail to is to say to God, “I can do better on my own.”
The rich man had already chosen to be “on his own.” He kept for himself.
• “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
• “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
• “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Trusting God gives us in him as we give.
Traps Against Trust
Trap 1: The “” Spirit.
Giving will bless you and protect your heart.
Materialism is addictive.
Fear is actually the biggest trap to trust because it strikes at the heart of God’s faithfulness and opposes our confidence in his love.
I like the old story of the believer who was asked how he could keep giving so much of his wealth to the Lord’s work. He replied, “As I shovel it out, he shovels it in, and the Lord has a bigger shovel.”