Fighting Back Greed [Sermon Notes]

“Fighting Back Greed”
Doug Tensen
Orchard Hill Church
Podcast Link

Greed is a hard thing to see in the mirror.  It is not something we like to acknowledge.

Greed is not primarily a financial issue.  It is a heart issue.

Luke 12:15
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

It is easy to be a Scrooge with our possessions.

Matthew 6:19-20
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

If a being from another planet observed us, they may think that we must consume to live.

We buy, buy, buy, and then when asked to donate we freeze up… “Uh………”

Jesus calls that greed.

Luke 12:33
“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.

Mathew 6:21
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

We really don’t want to be enslaved by our possessions.

Your heart follows your treasure.

Your money leaves a trail.

If you want to change your ways it will take commitment to some hard habit changes.

Matthew 6:22-23
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

Generosity breaks the power of greed in the human heart.

Reallocating your assets reallocates your heart.

Have “generous” eyes and look for places to give.

Three steps to take:

Percentage Giving – What percent of your income will you give?
Prioritize Giving – What non-profit organizations matter to you?
Progressive Giving – How can you work your way to giving more?

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