Do you have fear of the future?

Proverbs 1:3-5Proverbs 1:3-5
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3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; equity: Heb. equities 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. discretion: or, advisement 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:  

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3Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity,   4That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth–   5The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]–

Proverbs 1:7Proverbs 1:7
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7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. the beginning: or, the principal part  

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7The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.

Through out the world, we hear terrible things about life, disasters, and our financial futures.  Who are we going to believe?  The world’s leaders or the Creator of the world?

Today more than ever, we must realize God is in control of this world and our lives.  Even though things look dim, we must remember God is still on the throne and in control.

It is our fear of the unknown future which causes us to begin to panic, scrimp, and do all we can to prepare for the future.  All this ‘just in case’ something bad happens in the world.

May I remind you of the story of Joseph.  He was put into a well, sold as a slave twice, and put into prison for a false accusation.  It was after all of this, the will of God began to work in his life.

He was placed over the operation of Egypt because he had God’s favor.  It was in this position he was still used in a great and mighty manner to provide for his family.

You and I must realize as we look to the future, we have no promise of a future, much less a prosperous one!  It is through faith that Joseph realized God had his hand on Joseph’s life.  Things began to turn around and sure enough, his own dreams came true.  His family came for food in troubled times and they bowed at his feet.

If we realize fear and worry are the reasons for our actions, then we must step back, go into prayer, and wait upon the Lord.  He has a plan to care for His people.

William Shakespeare in Act 1 of Titus Andronicus said, “because he hast spite for the visage of his own face, he hath cut off his own nose.”  Do you and I not do the same?

When considering our future in financial situations, do we decide it’s not good to tithe?  There is no reason to give so much to the church?  In this manner, we cut off our nose in spite of our face.

Shall we consider ‘who or what’ we are giving to.  The scriptures state we should be giving unto the Lord.  If you are giving to a minister, ministry, or church building, then you are wrong.  It only matters what’s in your heart.  If your heart is not right, then yes, you will fail and God will not provide.

Malachi 3:8-12Malachi 3:8-12
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8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. pour...: Heb. empty out 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. destroy: Heb. corrupt 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.  

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says “Will a man rob or defraud God?  Yet you rob and defraud Me.  But you say, In what way do we rob or defraud You?  [You have withheld your] tithes and offerings.   You are cursed with the curse, for you are robbing Me, even this whole nation.  Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer [insects and plagues] for your sakes and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine drop its fruit before the time in the field, says the Lord of hosts.  And all nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.”

If we take our tithes to the storehouse, there is no reason to worry about the future of the world’s economics.  God’s economics are different from the world’s.  We must give and He will give back and protect us.

Honoring God and His Word is a mandate we must follow regardless what the world says.  When things look bad, as Christians and followers of Christ Jesus, we will be the fruitful, successful people on this earth.  There is no reason to fear when we have been faithful to God.

This vow of our tithes is a contract of sorts with God for our provision.  When we obey His Word, He will honor His Word!

Genesis 26:12-14Genesis 26:12-14
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12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. received: Heb. found 13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: went...: Heb. went going 14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. servants: or, husbandry  

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says “Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.  And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished; He owned flocks, herds, and a great supply of servants, and the Philistines envied him.”

Again, we see faithfulness to God paid off for Issac one hundred times over what he sowed. As Christians we must sow into fertile ground. Then God will bless abundantly.

No this is not a message about giving.  It is about honoring God’s Word in your life.  When you honor Him, there is no reason for allowing fear to enter your life.

Fear is of the devil.  Fear is not of God.  You must serve God with all you’ve got.  This insures blessing to flow from God down to you.  Blessings do not flow because you ‘told’ or ‘ordered’ God to bless you as some believe, but for your obedience.

God will bless obedience.  Obedience with our finances is the most difficult areas of our lives.  When we don’t see the money to cover our monthly obligations, we fear it won’t come.  We have forgotten our obedience to God and therefore He will reward us for it.

God is not a ‘sugar-daddy’ as we called them in the 60’s.  He is God.  He is in control.  Never fear when you obey Him that things will not work out.  His Word says He works all thins for the good of those who are faithful.

God bless and look forward to a godly, blessed year as we serve Him together!

 

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