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#185805 - 01/02/18 08:59 PM First Quarter 2018 - Stewardship - Motives of the Heart
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In His Love, Mercy & Grace,

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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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#185830 - 01/10/18 09:38 PM Re: First Quarter 2018 - Stewardship - Motives of the Heart [Re: Daryl]
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This weeks lesson has a very interesting title:

"I See, I Want, I TAKE"

Sadly that sequence is very much evident in the carnal nature and the lesson moves on to point to a supposed "gospel" that seems to suggest the above sequence is part of the gospel!

The Prosperity Gospel

Some Christians teach those who have real faith will be rewarded with health and wealth.

The lesson then points us to the Christians described in 2 Corinthians 8:1-7.

Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, 2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. 3 For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 4 begging us with much urging for the favor [a]of participation in the [b]support of the [c]saints, 5 and this, not as we had [d]expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord

These Christians were facing a lot of problems and were in deep poverty. It was a time of great affliction with them, as Christians in these parts met with ill treatment, which had reduced them to poverty. Yet,they had found the Lord and had abundance of joy in the midst of tribulation!
They weren't complaining about their lot, nor were they wondering why God didn't come through for them and give them wealth. Instead they abounded in their liberality; they gave out of their little, for the benefit of others.

Blurred Spiritual Eyesight

The "I see, I want, I take, mentality causes spiritual cataracts to grow over our spiritual eyesight!

Matthew 13 3-7 (NASB)

3 He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road,... Others fell on the rocky places,... 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.

22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful

Unlike the seeds before, the seeds falling on thorny ground took root and grew. These people saw the truth, they received the truth, they do not cast off their profession of truth, but something happened. Their desire for worldly possessions destroys the plant of truth in their lives.

Cataracts in the eyes block light, making it difficult to see clearly. Over an extended period of time, cataracts can cause blindness. The same is true when the mind fills with the cares of things, and the deceitfulness of riches, obstructing the light of truth and making it difficult to see spiritual things clearly. Over an extended period of time, this can cause spiritual blindness.

Steps of Covetousness

Eve treads the "I See, I want, I TAKE" path".

Genesis 3:6 When the woman 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.

She saw.
She should have turned away her eyes from beholding that which she was not to have; but she enters into temptation, by looking with pleasure, with delight, on the forbidden fruit.
A great deal of sin comes in at the eyes. Satan is a master at creating "alluring things" for the eyes and plant the seeds of covetousness.

It was desirable.
If only she could have it her life would become better, she would be wise! Or so she thought.

She took.
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#185831 - 01/10/18 10:42 PM Re: First Quarter 2018 - Stewardship - Motives of the Heart [Re: dedication]
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Greed -- Having Things My Way

Isaiah 56 22 (NET)
The dogs have big appetites;
they are never full.
They are shepherds who have no understanding;
they all go their own way,
each one looking for monetary gain

Like sheep dogs who are supposed to care for the sheep but instead are more interested in eating (the sheep). So leaders, both spiritual and political, fleece the "sheep" instead of caring for them.
Greed, the desire for power, fame, wealth, and pleasure with little regard for others.
"I see, I want, I take"
Greed has done inconceivable damage and produced unbearable misery throughout earth's history.

Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me to betray him into your hands?” So they set out thirty silver coins for him. 16 From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray him.

Greed --
Greedy enough to betray the Savior of the world for the price of a slave.

Self Control

God's counsel on how we can find protection from covetousness and greed.

25 While Paul was discussing righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, I will send for you.” 26 At the same time he was also hoping that Paul would give him money, and for this reason he sent for Paul as often as possible and talked with him.

"Paul held up before Felix and Drusilla the character of God--His righteousness, justice, and equity, and the nature of His law. He clearly showed that it is man's duty to live a life of sobriety and self control, keeping the passions under the control of reason, in conformity to God's law, and preserving the physical and mental powers in a healthy condition.
He declared that there would surely come a day of judgment ... when it would be plainly revealed that wealth, position, or titles are powerless to gain for man the favor of God or to deliver him from the results of sin....
Paul endeavored to direct the minds of his hearers to the one great Sacrifice for sin. AA 424

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit.

"Why not sow seeds of kindness, of love, of faith, of patience, of self-denial, and true benevolence, and keep all your passions under control? Such sowing will produce a harvest after its kind. Let every word and deed be a seed that will result in good fruit.
If you seek the help and grace of God, the Holy Spirit will take possession of mind and character, and work in you that which you can work out with all safety to yourself, and with all benefit to others. You will show that you love God supremely, and your neighbor as yourself.{YI, September 26, 1895 par. 1}

1 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature.
5 For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with kindness, and kindness with love.
8 For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For anyone who lacks these things is short-sighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins.
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