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Transforming How I See and Use Money

 If you don’t manage your money, you money will manage you.

 Read Luke 16:1-8, the most shocking and misunderstood story Jesus told.

 2 REASONS JESUS TOLD THE STORY

  1. His audience was the Pharisees, the religious leaders. They were self-righteous, judgmental, and hypocritical.  Luke 16:14-15
  2. Many believers are poor money managers. Luke 16:8
    •  -Jesus did not praise the man’s dishonesty.  He praised hin shrewdness– keen awareness.   God wants you to learn biblical shrewdness.

 4 THINGS NOT TO DO WITH MONEY

  1. Don’t waste money– Luke 16:2
  2. Don’t love money or live for money– Luke 16:13
    • -I must choose what I will love most in life– LOVE PEOPLE.  Use money.
    • -The choice is always between God and money- It is easy for money to become a god.
  1. Don’t trust money for security– Luke 16:3, Proverbs 23:5
  2. Don’t expect money to satisfy– Ecclesiastes 5:10, Luke 12:15

 5 TRUTHS TO REMEMBER ABOUT MONEY EVERYDAY

  1. It all belongs to God! – Luke 16:1
    • -Anytime I waste money, I’m wasting God’s money.
  1. God is using the money to test me– Matthew 6:19-21
    • -It shows what I love most.  God deserves and insists on First place in my life
    • -It shows what I trust most.
    • -It shows if God can trust me.  Out of control finances reveal an out of control life!  Luke 16:11-12
  1. Money is a tool to be used for God’s purposes– Luke 16:9
    • -He looked ahead.  Proverbs 14:8
    • -He made plans.  Proverbs 16:9
    • -He acted quickly.  Luke 16:4
  1. The best use of money is to use it to get people to heaven. Luke 16:9
  2. One day I will give an account to God.  Luke 16:2, Romans 14:12
    • -If I am faithful with little, God can trust me with more.  Luke 16:10
    • -Faithfulness is little ways produces fruitfulness in big ways. Matthew 25:29