December 30, 2018
Pastor Jeff Struecker
I. Surrender your salary to Jesus
Jesus called his disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with me three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, otherwise they might collapse on the way.” 33 The disciples said to him, “Where could we get enough bread in this desolate place to feed such a crowd?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked them. “Seven,” they said, “and a few small fish.” 35 After commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. They collected the leftover pieces—seven large baskets full.
II. Slay the debt dragon
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.
III. Learn to live within your means
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly because once again you renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me but lacked the opportunity to show it. 11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. 12 I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. 13 I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
• I have never totally surrendered to Jesus. Today, I turn to him for the first time.
– I don’t have contentment right now. Pray that God will help me find freedom from want this week.
+ I need the Holy Spirit to take control of my finances this year.
Define “rich.” What makes someone rich in your mind?
Has there ever been a time when you spent more than you made? Explain why.
Is it possible to have control over your money and let God control your money at the same time?
Would your life change drastically if you inherited millions of dollars? Explain why or why not.
Read Hebrews 13:5:
a. When can you stop trying to “keep free” from the love of money?
b. What would it take for you to be “satisfied” this week?
c. How can Jesus’s presence change the way we view money?
Pray for contentment this week.