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Distractions from the Word of God
The Love of Money is the Route of all evil.

When we have or get a lot of money, we think we do not need God or not has hungry for Him any longer and we tend to forget God. Nor is our hunger and thirst for his word is as important anymore. Be careful not to drift away. Satan will give unbelievers money to keep them right where they are at. He knows exactly how to keep people away from following Jesus, and money is a big distraction. If He cannot get you with addiction to Alcohol and drugs, money is the next best distraction to keep you from God. Riches lead to self-confidence and security, which cause a man to forget the LORD.
When the Lottery or Mega Million is ridiculously high, people run to those stores, some do not even have much money, but they will put this last on a chance in the Millions they are trying to win. Some people are so eager for money, that they broken off from following the Lord, and have turn to sinful acts to get rich. For believers, I am asking where is your trust? For the Bible says, For the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. We need to be content in all situations. Sometimes it might be God, who knows your heart, and knows that if you ran into a lot of money, that will be the end of you.

People get into their heads that Rich people should have no problem getting into heaven, they show up to Church with their fine clothes and fancy cars. Some look at them as if they were really blessed by God, so know doubt they are going straight into Heaven. Remember, they can only enter Heaven if God lets them in, not their wealth. There is not going to be an offering plate at the Gates of Heaven. God already gave the offering for that one.
Faith in Christ, not in self or riches, is what counts. On what are you counting for salvation?

Matthew 19:23
Jesus said to his disciples, I tell you the truth, It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you; it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pieced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the LOVE of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,

Proverbs 30:07-09 “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Having too much money can be dangerous, but so can having to little. Being poor can, in fact, be hazardous to spiritual as well as physical health. On the other hand, being rich is not the answer. Both rich and poor people can be preoccupied with money. As Jesus pointed out, rich people have trouble getting into God’s Kingdom.

Proverbs 17:16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it.

We see here a person who is trying to buy himself an education. This is really a good example of our society today. Many people cost their parents an awful lot of money trying to get them a degree from college.

These same people will not put out any effort to learn and have no business going to college. It is a waste of time and money because they have no desire to learn, only to get the degree. Even wealth cannot buy wisdom for those who do not love it.
Luke 12:15-21
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.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘ 20 “But God said to him,

‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Jesus says that in his kingdom the good life has nothing to do with being wealthy, so we should be on guard against every kind of greed (the desire for what we do not have). Society usually says the exact opposite. Advertisers spend millions of dollars to entice us to think that if we buy more and more of their products, we will be happier, more fulfilled, or more comfortable.

How do you respond to the constant pressure to have more? Learn to tune out the constant enticement to have more and concentrate instead on the only way to lasting satisfaction discovering great abundance in a relationship with God, who supplies blessings and fulfillment beyond our wildest expectations.

The rich man in Jesus’ story died before he could enjoy what was stored in his big barns. Planning for retirement—preparing for life before death—is wise but neglecting life after death is disastrous. If you accumulate wealth only to enrich yourself, with no concern for helping others, you will enter eternity empty-handed.

Bible Study by
Rob Henry


OWNING YOUR CHOICES

Rob Henry Notes on the Sermon Sunday.  My notes do not do this message any justice.  This is just a slice of the message that was dropped Sunday.  Scroll across to about 31 to get right to the Sermon. 

Worship Life Center Church

4930 E main Street Suite 10,11,12

Mesa, AZ 85205 

Pastor Stan

We do not mind owning things, but there are very few people that own their choices.

The CHOICE is yours.  Life is full of CHOICES, and sometimes we don’t make all the right CHOICES.  Sometimes we must own the CHOICES we make to invoke God into our situation.

Flip Wilson use to say the devil made me do it.  When really, he needed to OWN HIS CHOICE.    When we make a bad CHOICES, we are going to have to OWN THAT CHOICE.

The power of CHOICE is a gift from God.  We take it for granted and use and abuse that gift.  The gift that God has afforded us is Christ, Salvation and then there is CHOICE.  So, it is going to be up to you how you use it.

In a world like ours we must CHOOSE right over wrong.  In a world like ours where once they were calling things wrong, are now being called right.  Things that was once Un-Godly are now accepted.

We have a CHOICE of believing or not that there is a God.

So often we chose something outside of Christ and expect the reward that resides inside of Christ.  So, CHOICEdetermines your position in life.

CHOICE is what dictate what you can and can not do.  Our life is CHOICE driven.  He gives us the right to CHOOSEhim or not.  The most important thing to God is that you CHOOSE Him.  Pastor Stan said that if you sit in the barbershop long enough, you will eventually get a haircut.  So if you sit in Christ by way of CHOICE long enough, you don’t even have to know all about it, all you have to do is sit in it.  God said “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away and all things have become new.”  Pastor Stan is talking about a lifestyle change, not just a verbal confession.  It is you believing by faith in your CHOOSING to CHOOSE God.  He said salvation is not just a say, it is a do.  You got to walk saved, talk saved, and act saved.  That others may see Jesus in you, and all that He is doing.  You must OWN YOUR CHOICE.  If you own it, then God has a legal right to help you find your way.  Its only if you chose Him to help you.

This is what I love about Pastor Stan, He will always come back with Scripture to back up what he is preaching.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil unto you to serve God, choose for yourself this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  If you do not CHOOSE God, weather you know it or not, you are serving the enemy.  So, the devil does not care about you calling him a liar because you are serving him.

Next Pastor Stan speaks about giving the devil credit when he does not deserve any.  Pastor Stan said we have a tendency to say “The devil is coming after my finances” when everyone at Macys knows you.  So, the devil did not do it, we make conscious decisions to spend our bill or rent money. We do not want to OWN OUR CHOICES.  When we own it, we can get God to help us.  We will say the devil is coming after my health, but we will not eat nothing healthy.  We say the devil is coming against my marriage, when we are spending more time with our single girl friends at the club.  We got to OWN OUR CHOICES.

Pastor Stan said, that when we are influence by the devil in every kind of evil way, by the authority given to us in heaven, we can CHOOSE not to.

Pastor Stan testified that it was not until he OWNED his CHOICE back in the day when he got the help he needed.  It was not until he took total responsibility for his action when he received his help.  Pastor Stan said he ask God why you did not help me when I was crying out.  He said he heard a small voice say, YOU DID NOT CHOOSE FOR ME TO HELP.  God gave us the right to CHOOSE,, and he will not violate it.  So, you hold your issue until you CHOOSEHim.  We have a free will and a legal right to CHOOSE what we want.  The enemy will try to coach you in making a bad decision.

James 1:12-15 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.  14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not deceived, my beloved brethren.     

  He is driven away by His own CHOICE; you are going to have to own it.  But Bless is the man who chooses right.  We are driven away by our own nature.  We are going to have to choose our spirit over our flesh.  You got be mindful over people who CHOOSES  for you.  Because its still your CHOICE to allow them to choose.

Genesis 3:6 When the women saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make  one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.   

1 Timothy 2:14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.   

The Bible says that Adam was with Eve.  Adam made a CHOICE.  There was nothing the enemy could say to make Adam sin.  He made a CHOICE.  It doesn’t matter how good it looks, If you are not CHOOSING God, you are CHOOSING the enemy.

Genesis 3:7-12 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they know that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. 8 They heard the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”  12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”

 

  1. Whenever you make a bad decision, you are going to have to own it, and if you don’t own it, the first thing you are going to do is try to cover up what God designed to be good by CHOICE, and you cover it up and make it bad.
  1. When you do not OWN YOUR CHOICE, the CHOICE that you made, you separate yourself from God.

Adam said that I heard your voice, but I did not see you.  Jesus was coming to set him free if he would have own it.  Adam blamed God and the Woman.

We got to OWN THE CHOICES we made.  If we do not own it, you got to hold it.  If you made a bad CHOICE, own it so you can invoke the power of God.