His Wealth, His Will, His Way
Scripture Reading: (Psalms 24:1-2) (Psalms 50:1-12) (Zechariah 1:17) (Please read and discuss)
Many christians and non christians alike believe that once a person decides to follow Jesus they are sworn to poverty for the rest of their lives. This is an unhealthy view of wealth. Wealth in itself is not a bad thing. On the contrary scripture teaches clearly the opposite and that all wealth belongs to God and He desires for His people to access it. (Job 22:22-25). Knowing that to be the case it is important for us as believers to learn as much as we can from the word of God about divine wealth and its purpose. When the purpose for anything is not known abuse or neglect becomes inevitable.
Jesus said “the poor you will always have among you.” After His crucifixion it was a wealthy secret disciple of His called Joseph of Arimathea who came to Pilate to request the body of Jesus and took responsibility for the burial in a well appointed place. Also there were certain wealthy women who supported His ministry out of their resources. (Luke 8:1-3)
God wants us to use/enjoy His wealth so we can use the resources derived from His wealth to fund His work on earth. (Psalm 24:1)
- What are some ways we can enjoy His wealth besides finances?
- What are some resources we can use that are derived from God’s wealth? (Psalm 90:12)
- What are some examples of His work we could help support with those resources?
- What is God calling you to fund in your own life?
God loves you enough to get you out of any kind of poverty
Do you believe the statement that “God loves you enough to get you out of any kind of poverty?”
Think through and discuss some of these questions:
- What other forms of poverty besides financial lack are you aware of?
- What are some forms of poverty which are affecting your life? (You don’t need to comment on this. Think about it)
- How do you think His love for you can help get you out of these circumstances?
- What should we do when we don’t see relief in these areas?
Why do you think we don’t sometimes see relief despite the fact that 1 John 3:8 tells us Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil?
- God has called us to patience because He knows more than we do.
- James 1:2 teaches us to consider it joy when we fall into various trials.
- Read Matthew 7:7-8 in the NLT. What does that show us?
Reasons we know God truly loves us
- It is His nature. (1 John 4:8,16)
- God sent His only Son not to condemn us. (John 3:16-18)
- God gave Jesus up for us all. (Romans 8:31-32)
- If God gave up His only son, what else would he withhold from us? (Romans 8:32)
Satan is a liar (John 8:44). The knowledge and use of the scriptures is how we expose and dispel his lies. As Jesus’ followers we must be conversant with what the Bible teaches us and live by the principles espoused. The enemy’s goal is to convince you that God does not want the best for you.
- Identify praise items and give praise to God for the things He has done and is doing in your lives. (Psalm 107:1)
- Pray against any areas of lack or poverty in your life, and pray that God would RESTORE those areas. (Isaiah 43:16-19)
- Thank God for how far we have come with the building. (2 Samuel 7:10)
- Pray for one another and any prayer requests as needed.
- Declare the month of May 2021 as when we use our building with no restrictions from City of Winnipeg.
- Pray against Covid 19 for the Lord to intervene.
- Next and final Small Groups for this season is April 28. It will be fellowship time online.