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Luke 6:27-38

27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

 

32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

 

37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

 

Luke 12:13-48

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

 

Do Not Be Anxious

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

 

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

You Must Be Ready

35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

 

41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

 

Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now therefore consider how you have fared (or: consider your ways). You have sown much and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages earns wages to put them in a bag with holes. (Haggai 1:4-6)

 

So they lived in perpetual frustration and discontentment. Nothing satisfied. We can’t pass over this lesson easily. It’s for us, too. If you devote yourself to sowing and eating and drinking and clothing yourselves and earning wages, but neglect your ministry in the body of Christ (the temple of God, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17), you will live in constant frustration. If you spend your time and energy seeking comfort and security from the world, and do not spend yourself for the glory of God, every pleasure will leave its sour aftertaste of depression and guilt and frustration.

https://goo.gl/nnvyWT or https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/take-courage-you-build-more-than-you-see#neglecting-the-temple-of-god

 

God’s Role with Money and Possessions

https://compass1.org/the-bible-on-money/gods-role-with-money-and-possessions/

  1. GOD OWNS EVERYTHING
  2. GOD OWNS EVERYTHING ON EARTH

And he [Melchizedek] blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth” (Genesis 14:19).

And Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth (Genesis 14:22).

Moses said to him [Pharaoh], “As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s” (Exodus 9:29).

Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine (Exodus 19:5).

Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it (Deuteronomy 10:14).

Yours, O Lord, is . . . everything that is in the heavens and the earth . . . who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. For we are sojourners before You, and tenants . . . all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours (1 Chronicles 29:11, 14-16).

Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine (Job 41:11).

The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it (Psalm 24:1).

If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the whole world is Mine; and all it contains (Psalm 50:12).

Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is Thou does possess all the nations (Psalm 82:8).

The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all it contains, You have founded them (Psalm 89:11).

In whose hands are the depths of the earth; the peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; and His hands formed the dry land (Psalm 95:4-5).

O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth if full of Your possessions (Psalm 104:24).

For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything that is in it (1 Corinthians 10:26).

  1. Parable illustrating God’s ownership

For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away and dug in the ground, and hid his master’s money.

Now after a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. And the one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me; see, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.’

The one also who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted to me two talents; see, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground; see, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has ten talents’ (Matthew 25:14-28).

  1. Lord holds all things together

He . . . upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3).

“. . . and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).

  1. SPECIFIC POSSESSIONS GOD OWNS
  2. Land

The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine . . . (Leviticus 25:23).

  1. Gold and silver

You also took your beautiful jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images that you might play the harlot with them (Ezekiel 16:17).

“The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,” declares the Lord of hosts (Haggai 2:8).

  1. Animals

For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine (Psalm 50:10-11).

  1. GOD CONTROLS EVERY EVENT
  2. LORD CONTROLS ALL EVENTS ON EARTH

. . . Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).

Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth . . . (Psalm 135:6).

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord (Proverbs 16:33).

Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, how then can man understand his way? (Proverbs 20:24).

Daniel answered and said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever…it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings . . . (Daniel 2:20-21).

  1. Lord allows difficult circumstances to occur

Then all his [Job’s] brothers, and all his sisters, and all who had known him before, came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought on him (Job 42:11).

. . . I am the Lord, and there is no other, the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these (Isaiah 45:6-7).

Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth? (Lamentations 3:37-38).

. . . If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it? (Amos 3:6).

  1. Lord uses every circumstance for a good purpose in the life of the godly

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

1) Example of Lord allowing difficult circumstances for ultimate good

Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt . . . (Genesis 45:5-9).

  1. People’s perspective of the control of the events

I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise, nor wealth to the discerning, nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

  1. SPECIFIC EVENTS AND ITEMS LORD CONTROLS
  2. Lord directs people’s hearts

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes (Proverbs 21:1).

  1. Lord can give godly people favor with others

But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer (Genesis 39:21).

…the Lord had caused them to rejoice, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them to encourage them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel (Ezra 6:22).

…the king granted them [Nehemiah’s requests] to me because the good hand of my God was on me…I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me . . . (Nehemiah 2:8, 18).

1) Example of Israelites plundering Egyptians

I [the Lord] will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians (Exodus 3:21-22).

Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians (Exodus 12:35-36).

  1. Lord makes some people obstinate

Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord . . . (Exodus 14:4).

But Sihon king of Heshbon was not willing for us to pass through his land; for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order to deliver him into your hand, as he is today (Deuteronomy 2:30).

  1. Lord controls the coveting of a person’s heart

Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the Lord your God (Exodus 34:23-24).

  1. Lord controls the nations

He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation (Acts 17:26).

. . . “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel nor with any of the sons of Ephraim…God will bring you down before the enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down” (2 Chronicles 25:7-9).

Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger . . . I sent it against a godless nation and commission it against the people of My fury to capture booty and to seize plunder . . . (Isaiah 10:5-6).

III. GOD PROVIDES EVERYTHING

  1. EVERYTHING COMES FROM LORD

For all things come from You . . . (1 Chronicles 29:14).

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Romans 11:36).

  1. A location called “the Lord will provide”

Abraham called the name of the place The Lord Will Provide . . . (Genesis 22:14).

  1. God gives food to all

[the Lord] gives food to all flesh . . . (Psalm 136:25).

The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing (Psalm 145:15-16).

  1. Examples of Lord providing
  2. In wilderness

For the Lord your God . . . has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing (Deuteronomy 2:7).

He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know . . . (Deuteronomy 8:15-16).

You provided bread from heaven for them [Israel] for their hunger, You brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst (Nehemiah 9:15).

Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell (Nehemiah 9:21).

  1. During sabbatical year

But if you say, “What are we going to eat on the seventh year if we do not sow or gather in our crops?” then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years. When you are sowing the eighth year, you can still eat old things from the crop, eating the old until the ninth year when its crop comes in (Leviticus 25:20-22).

  1. Feeding the multitudes

And when it was evening, the disciples came to Him saying, “The place is desolate, and the time is already past; so send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” And ordering the multitudes to recline on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes, and they all ate, and were satisfied. And they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. And there were about five thousand men who ate, aside from women and children (Matthew 14:15-21).

And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the multitude, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not wish to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” And the disciples said to Him, “Where would we get so many loaves in a desolate place to satisfy such a great multitude?” And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have? And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” And He directed the multitude to sit down on the ground; and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples in turn, to the multitudes. And they all ate, and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children (Matthew 15:32-38).

But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many large baskets you took up? Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? (Matthew 16:8-10).

When it was already quite late, His disciples came up to him and began saying, “The place is desolate and it is already quite late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them something to eat?” And He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they said, “Five and two fish.” And He commanded them all to recline by groups on the green grass. And they reclined in companies of hundreds and of fifties. And he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, he blessed the food and broke the loaves and he kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. And there were five thousand men who ate the loaves (Mark 6:35-44).

In those days again, when there was a great multitude and they has nothing to eat, He summoned His disciples and said to them, “I feel compassion for the multitude because they have remained with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away fasting to their home, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come a distance.” And His disciples answered Him, “Where will anyone be able to find enough to satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?” And He was asking them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” And He directed the multitude to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and began giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the multitude. They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven full baskets of what was left over of the broken pieces. And about four thousand were there; and He sent them away (Mark 8:1-9).

“Do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” “And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” And they said to Him, “Seven” (Mark 8:18-20).

The day began to decline, and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.” But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.” (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them recline to eat in groups of about fifty each.” And they did so, and had them all recline. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full (Luke 9:12-17).

Jesus therefore lifting up His eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to Him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” And this He was saying to test him; for He Himself knew what he was intending to do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus therefore took the loaves; and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. And when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost.” And so they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten (John 6:5-13).

  1. At the seashore

There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out, and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch.” They cast therefore, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” And so when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. And so when they got out upon the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid, and fish placed on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn (John 21:2-11).

  1. LORD PROVIDES FOR THOSE WHO SEEK AND OBEY HIM

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine (Psalm 33:18-19).

O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him, there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing (Psalm 34:9-10).

Oh that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways…I would feed you with the finest of the wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you (Psalm 81:13, 16).

The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger . . . (Proverbs 10:3).

[Because of their faithfulness] my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things [food and clothing] shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

For all these things [food and clothing] the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for his kingdom, and these things shall be added to you (Luke 12:30-31).

  1. GOD GIVES RICHES AND POSSESSIONS
  2. EVERYTHING COMES FROM THE LORD

For all things come from You (1 Chronicles 29:14).

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Romans 11:36).

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not . . . to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).

  1. LORD GIVES RICHES AND MATERIAL POSSESSIONS

Both riches and honor come from You . . . who am I [David] and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand . . . (1 Chronicles 29:12, 14-16).

. . . as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 5:19).

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men – a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires, but God has not empowered him to eat from them (Ecclesiastes 6:1-2).

I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight (Jeremiah 27:5).

  1. Examples of Lord giving riches and possessions
  2. Lord gave children of Israel the Promised Land

“The land which I [The Lord] gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you” (Genesis 35:12).

I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the Lord (Exodus 6:8).

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God (Leviticus 25:38).

Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you shall eat and be satisfied, then watch yourself, lest you forget the Lord . . . (Deuteronomy 6:10-12).

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you shall eat food without scarcity, in which you shall not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you (Deuteronomy 8:7-10).

Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you shall bring in from your land that the Lord your God gives you…you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, `I declare this day to the Lord my God that I have entered the land which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us’ (Deuteronomy 26:1-3).

And I [the Lord] gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; and you are eating of vineyards and olive yards which you did not plant (Joshua 24:13).

. . . You told them to enter in order to possess the land which You swore to give them (Nehemiah 9:15).

Behold we are slaves today, and as to the land which You did give to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its boundary, behold, we are slaves on it (Nehemiah 9:36).

For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice . . . then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever . . . (Jeremiah 7:5-7).

  1. Other examples

The Lord has greatly blessed my master [Abraham], so that he has become rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys (Genesis 24:35).

Now Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the Lord blessed him, and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy; for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household . . . (Genesis 26:12-14).

And the Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers (Deuteronomy 30:5).

And David was prospering in all his ways for the Lord was with him (1 Samuel 18:14-15).

Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God . . . (2 Samuel 6:12).

God said to Solomon . . . I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed, nor those who will come after you” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12).

He hired also 100,000 valiant warriors out of Israel for one hundred talents of silver. But a man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you…Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?” And the man of God answered, “The Lord has much more to give you than this.” (2 Chronicles 25:6-9).

Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land (Job 1:9-10).

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold…the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning, and he had 14,000 sheep, and 6,000 camels, and 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys (Job 42:10,12).

. . . He brought them out with silver and gold . . . (Psalm 105:37).

And I will give you [Cyrus] the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name (Isaiah 45:3).

And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant . . . (Jeremiah 27:5-7).

“Thus you were adorned with gold and silver…your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord God…You also took your beautiful jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images…Also My bread which I gave you, fine flour, oil, and honey with which I fed you, you would offer before them for a soothing aroma; so it happened,” declares the Lord God (Ezekiel 16:13-14,17-19).

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head was made bald, and every shoulder was rubbed bare. But he and his army had no wages from Tyre for the labor that he had performed against it. Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I shall give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And he will carry off her wealth, and capture her spoil and seize her plunder; and it will be wages for his army” (Ezekiel 29:18-19).

For she [Israel] does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the oil, and lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal (Hosea 2:8).

1) Abraham did not want a person to take credit for making him rich

And Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’” (Genesis 14:22-23).

  1. Lord sometimes gives riches after testing and humbling

He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth . . . (Deuteronomy 8:15-18).

For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; we went through the fire and water; yet You brought us out into a place of abundance (Psalm 66:10-12).

  1. Lord gives possessions to his children even in their sleep

. . . He gives to His beloved even in his sleep (Psalm 127:2).

  1. When Lord gives riches, it is a blessing

It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it (Proverbs 10:22).

  1. Lord giving possessions conditioned upon obedience (See OUR PART Section)
  2. Lord gives us precisely enough

Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you [David] king over Israel…I also gave you your master’s house and…I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these!” (2 Samuel 12:7-8).

  1. According to individual ability to handle possessions

For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability . . . (Matthew 25:14-15).

  1. LORD CAUSES PROSPERITY

Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you’ (Genesis 32:9)

“For You said, ‘I will surely prosper you [Jacob]’ and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’” (Genesis 32:12).

The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand (Genesis 39:2-3).

The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper (Genesis 39:21-23).

  1. Prosperity conditioned upon obedience and seeking God (See OUR PART Section)
  2. Prayers for Lord to prosper

May the Lord give you increase, you and your children (Psalm 115:14).

O Lord, do save, we beseech You; O Lord, we beseech You, do send prosperity! (Psalm 118:25).

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 2).

  1. LORD GIVES AND TAKES AWAY POSSESSIONS

And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God (Job 1:21-22).

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips (Job 2:9-10).

  1. Lord makes rich and poor

The Lord make poor and rich; he brings low, He also exalts (1 Samuel 2:7).

In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider – God has made the one as well as the other so that man may not discover anything that will be after him (Ecclesiastes 7:14).

  1. Lord takes away or withholds possessions when unfaithful, disobedient or not seeking the Lord (see OUR PART Section)
  2. Lord is merciful and will provide a means of restoration

So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Astartes. And the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunders who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had spoken and as the Lord had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed. Then the Lord raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them (Judges 2:13-16).

…I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, ‘declares the Lord . . . (Jeremiah 29:14).

Men shall buy fields for money, sign and seal deeds, and call in witnesses in the land of Benjamin, in the environs of Jerusalem . . . for I will restore their fortunes declares the Lord (Jeremiah 32:44).

I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and I will rebuild them as they were at first . . . I will restore the fortunes of the land as the were at first, says the Lord . . . I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them (Jeremiah 33:7, 11, 26).

“Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 48:47).

“I will restore the fortunes of the sons of Ammon,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 49:6).

For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations [for judgment] (Joel 3:1-2).

For the Lord their God will care for them [Israel] and restore their fortune (Zephaniah 2:7).

“Indeed, I will give you [Israel] renown and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” says the Lord (Zephaniah 3:20).

‘For before those days [return from captivity] there was no wage for man or wage for animal…But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ declares the Lord of hosts. For there will be peace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce, and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things (Zechariah 8:10-12).

  1. Lord takes away wealth of ungodly people and nations

The Lord will tear down the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow (Proverbs 15:25).

Also they [Babylon] will make a spoil of your [Tyre] riches and a prey of your merchandise, break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses . . . I will make you a bear rock; you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I the Lord have spoken (Ezekiel 26:12, 14).

For Tyre built herself a fortress and piled up silver like dust, and gold like the mire of the streets. Behold, the Lord will dispossess her and cast her wealth into the sea; and she will be consumed with fire (Zechariah 9:3-4).

Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered (Zechariah 14:1-2).

  1. Lord sometimes transfers wealth from ungodly to godly people

You know that I [Jacob] served your father with all my strength. Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times; however, God did not allow him to hurt me…Thus God has taken away your father’s livestock and given them to me (Genesis 31:6-7, 9).

Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house? Are we not reckoned by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also entirely consumed our purchase price. Surely all the wealth which God has taken from our father belongs to us and our children . . . (Genesis 31:14-16).

  1. LORD PROTECTS OUR POSSESSIONS

Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land (Job 1:9-10).

If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me [Jacob], surely now you [Laban] would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He rendered judgment last night (Genesis 31:42).

 

Our Role with Money and Possessions

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  1. LORD GAVE PEOPLE AUTHORITY OVER THE EARTH

. . . God said to them [Adam and Eve], “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it . . . ” (Genesis 1:28).

“You make him [man] to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:6).

The heavens are the heavens of the Lord; but the earth He has given to the sons of men (Psalm 115:16).

“What is man, that You remember him? Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him? You have made him for a little while lower than the angles; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and have appointed him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet” (Hebrews 2:6-8).

  1. PARABLE ILLUSTRATING LORD GIVING PEOPLE AUTHORITY OVER HIS POSSESSIONS

For it [the kingdom of God] is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them (Matthew 25:14).

  1. OUR POSITION AS MANAGER (STEWARD)
  2. EXAMPLES OF MANAGERS (STEWARDS)

Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned. . . (Genesis 24:2).

So Joseph . . . became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. And it came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph. . . he left everything he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate . . . (Genesis 39:4-6).

. . . his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. “There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:7-9).

. . . I [Paul] have a stewardship entrusted to me (1 Corinthians 9:17).

III. MANAGERS (STEWARDS) HAVE CERTAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. RECOGNIZE LORD AS OWNER OF POSSESSIONS AND TRANSFER OWNERSHIP TO LORD

All those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need (Acts 2:44-45).

The congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales, and lay them at the apostles’ feet; and they would be distributed to each as any had need. And Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles [which translated means, Son of Encouragement], and who owned a tract of land sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet (Acts 4:32-37).

  1. Must give ownership of possessions to Lord to be a disciple

Not one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions (Luke 14:33).

  1. Leaving everything to follow Lord results in blessings

Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you. . . everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:27-29).

Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life (Mark 10:28-30).

And Peter said, “Behold, we have left our own homes, and followed You.” And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents of children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life” (Luke 18:28-30).

  1. Examples of leaving everything to follow the Lord

And immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him (Mark 1:20).

When they [Peter, James, and John] had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him (Luke 5:11).

After that He went out, and noticed a tax gather named Levi, sitting in the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he left everything behind, and rose and began to follow Him (Luke 5:27-28).

  1. Parable illustrating leaving everything to follow Lord

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it (Matthew 13:44-46).

  1. BE FAITHFUL

. . . it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV).

  1. Blessings of faithfulness

A faithful man will abound with blessings. . . (Proverbs 28:20).

For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes (Matthew 24:44-46).

  1. Blessed with a more intimate relationship with God

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master’ (Matthew 25:21).

  1. Blessed with more responsibility

And the one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me; see, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.’ The one also who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted to me two talents; see, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master’ (Matthew 25:20-23).

. . . By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you; and more shall be given you besides. For whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him” (Mark 4:24-25).

The Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions (Luke 12:42-44).

He [Jesus] said therefore, “A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back. . . when he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him in order that he might know what business they had done. And the first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities. . . he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him [unfaithful slave], and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already.’ I tell you, that to everyone who has shall more be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away” (Luke 19:12-26)

  1. Cursed for unfaithfulness

But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and shall begin to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and shall cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; weeping shall be there and the gnashing of teeth (Matthew 24:48-51).

For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one. . . he who received the one talent went away and dug in the ground, and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. . . the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground; see, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has ten talents.’ For to everyone who has shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:14-30).

But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him, and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, shall receive many lashes (Luke 12:45-47).

He [Jesus] said therefore, “A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back. . . when he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him in order that he might know what business they had done. . . another came, saying, ‘Master, behold your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.’ By your own words I will judge you, you are a worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow? Then why did you not put the money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?’ And he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already.’ I tell you, that to everyone who has shall more be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away” (Luke 19:12-26).

  1. Example of unfaithful steward

Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and this steward was reported to him as squandering his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ And the steward said to himself, “What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the stewardship, they will receive me into their homes.” And he summoned each one of his master’s debtors, and he began saying to the first, “How much do you owe my master?” And he said, “A hundred measures of oil.” And he said to him, “Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.” Then he said to another, “And how much do you owe?” And he said, “A hundred measures of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill, and write eighty.” And his master praised the unrighteous steward because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light (Luke 16:1-8).

  1. BE OBEDIENT AND SEEK THE LORD
  2. Blessings of obedience and seeking the Lord

Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the Lord your God . . . will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give to you (Deuteronomy 7:12-13).

However, there shall be no poor among you, since the Lord will surely bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, if only you listen obediently to the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. For the Lord your God shall bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend money to many nations, but you will not borrow. . . (Deuteronomy 15:4-6).

. . . if you will diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl . . . The Lord will command the blessings upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to . . . the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow . . . if you will listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do (Deuteronomy 29:9).

Then the Lord your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground . . . if you obey the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of law, if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:9-10).

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you. . . (Deuteronomy 30:15-16).

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Joshua 1:8).

And keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn (1 Kings 2:3).

Only the Lord give you [Solomon] discretion and understanding . . . so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you shall prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses. . . (1 Chronicles 22:12-13).

. . . observe and seek after all the commandments of the Lord your God in order that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever (1 Chronicles 28:8).

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you (Psalm 128:1-2).

  1. Examples of obedience and blessing

For he [Hezekiah] clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went he prospered . . . (2 Kings 18:6-7).

For he [Asa] said to Judah, “. . . The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered (2 Chronicles 14:7).

And he [Uzziah] continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him (2 Chronicles 26:5).

[Hezekiah] did what was good, right, and true before the Lord his God. And every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered . . . (2 Chronicles 31:20-21).

And you will defile your graven images, overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing; and say to them, “Be gone!” Then He will give you rain for the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich and plenteous . . . (Isaiah 30:22-23).

  1. Curse of disobedience and not seeking the Lord

. . . if you will not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock . . . A people whom you do not know shall eat up the produce of your ground and all your labors (Deuteronomy 28:15-18, 33).

So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not obey the Lord your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. And they shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever. Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things . . . as the Lord delighted over you to prosper you, and multiple you, so the Lord will delight over you to make you perish and destroy you; and you shall be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it (Deuteronomy 28:45-48, 63).

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity . . . if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you will surely perish . . . (Deuteronomy 30:15-18).

And whoever will observe the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed upon him strictly, whether for death of for banishment or for confiscation of goods . . . (Ezra 7:26).

  1. Examples of disobedience and cursing

So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Astartes. And the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them . . . (Judges 2:13-14).

Then a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet saying, “Thus says the Lord God of your father David, ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father and the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel . . . the Lord is going to strike your people, your sons, your wives, and all your possessions with a great calamity . . . the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabs who bordered the Ethiopians; and they came against Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions found in the king’s house . . . (2 Chronicles 21:12-14, 16-17).

Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people and said to them, “Thus God has said, ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord and do not prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, He has also forsaken you’” (2 Chronicles 24:20).

You are just in all that has come upon us; for You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly. For our kings, our leaders, our priests, and our fathers have not kept Your law or paid attention to Your commandments and Your admonishments with which You have admonished them. But they . . . did not serve You or turn from their evil deeds. Behold we are slaves today, and as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its boundary, behold, we are slaves on it (Nehemiah 9:33-36).

For the shepherds [leaders of Israel] . . . have not sought the Lord; therefore they have not prospered. . . (Jeremiah 10:21).

“You also took your beautiful jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images that you might play the harlot with them. Then you took your embroidered cloth and covered them, and offered My oil and My incense before them. Also My bread which I gave you, fine flour, oil, and honey with which I fed you, you would offer before them for a soothing aroma; so it happened,” declares the Lord God. . . I shall also give you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your shrines, demolish your high places, strip you of your clothing, take away your jewels, and will leave you naked and bare (Ezekiel 16:17-19, 39).

Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate? Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.” Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord. “You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. And I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands” (Haggai 1:4-11).

But now, do consider . . . when one came to a grain heap of twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there would be only twenty. I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew, and hail; yet you did not come back to Me, declares the Lord (Haggai 2:15-17).

  1. TRUST IN THE LORD, NOT OURSELVES OR POSSESSIONS
  2. Blessings and prosperity for those who trust in God

. . . How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments . . . wealth and riches are in his house. . . (Psalm 112:1, 3).

The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord, are riches, honor and life (Proverbs 22:4).

. . . he who trusts in the Lord will prosper (Proverbs 28:25).

  1. Consequences of trusting in ourselves and/or our possessions

He who trusts in his riches will fall . . . (Proverbs 11:28).

Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes his flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away the Lord. For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes . . . (Jeremiah 17:5-6).

For because of your [Moab] trust in your own achievements and treasures, even you yourself will be captured (Jeremiah 48:7).

How boastful you [Ammon] are about the valleys! Your valley is flowing away, O backsliding daughter who trusts in her treasures, saying, `Who will come against me?’ Behold, I am going to bring terror upon you, declares the Lord God of hosts (Jeremiah 49:4-5).

  1. WE ARE GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR MANAGEMENT (STEWARDSHIP)

For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them . . . after a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them (Matthew 25:14, 19).

. . . Give an account of your stewardship . . . (Luke 16:2)

Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).

And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it . . . I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne . . . and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books according to their deeds (Revelation 20:11-12).

 

Budgeting

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  1. KNOWING YOUR FINANCIAL CONDITION IS IMPORTANT
  2. TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR NEEDS

Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations. When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, the lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats will bring the price of a field, and there will be goats’ milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and sustenance for your maidens (Proverbs 27:23-27)

  1. TO BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH YOUR OBJECTIVES

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him (Luke 14:28-29).

  1. OUR LIVES SHOULD EXHIBIT ORDER

But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner (1 Corinthians 14:40).

  1. LORD IS NOT A GOD OF CONFUSION

For God is not a God of confusion . . . (1 Corinthians 14:33).

III. PLANNING ENCOURAGED

Prepare plans by consultation . . . (Proverbs 20:18).

The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage . . . (Proverbs 21:5).

Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts (Proverbs 24:3-4, TLB).

 

Counsel – Important to Seek

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  1. COUNSEL ENCOURAGED

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5).

And you [the unwise] neglected all my [wisdom’s] counsel, and did not want my reproof (Proverbs 1:25).

They [the unwise] would not accept my [wisdom’s] counsel, they spurned all my reproof (Proverbs 1:30).

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel (Proverbs 12:15).

Through presumption comes nothing but strife, but with those who receive counsel is wisdom.  (Proverbs 13:10).

Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days (Proverbs 19:20).

Prepare plans by consultation . . . (Proverbs 20:18).

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend (Proverbs 27:9).

A poor, yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction (Ecclesiastes 4:13).

Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? (Luke 14:31).

  1. MANY COUNSELORS ENCOURAGED

Where there is no guidance, the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory (Proverbs 11:14).

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed (Proverbs 15:22).

. . . in abundance of counselors there is victory (Proverbs 24:5-6).

  1. Additional people increase productivity

. . . five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand . . . (Leviticus 26:8).

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.  Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.  A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

  1. EXAMPLES OF GIVING/FOLLOWING COUNSEL

Now when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “. . . Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?”  And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and make known the statutes of God and His laws.”  And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. Now listen to me:  I shall give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the disputes to God, then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk, and the work they are to do.  Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them . . . Moses listened to his father-in-law, and did all that he had said (Exodus 18:14-24).

Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it?  So now come, please let me give you counsel and save your life and the life of your son Solomon (1 Kings 1:11-12).

To me [Job] they listened and waited, and kept silent for my counsel.  And after my words, they did not speak again, and my speech dropped on them.  And they waited for me as for the rain, and opened their mouth as for the spring rain (Job 29:21-23).

  1. EXAMPLE OF NOT GIVING/FOLLOWING COUNSEL

Now it came about after Amaziah came from slaughtering the Edomites that he brought the gods of the sons of Seir, set them up as his gods, bowed down before them, and burned incense to them.  Then the anger of the Lord burned against Amaziah, and he sent him a prophet who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of the people who have not delivered their own people from your hand?”  And it came about as he was talking with him that the king said to him, “Have we appointed you as royal counsellor? Stop! . . . the prophet stopped and said, “I know that God has planned to destroy you, because you have done this, and have not listened to my counsel (2 Chronicles 25:14-16).

  1. SOURCES OF COUNSEL
  2. LORD

With Him are wisdom and might; to Him belong counsel and understanding (Job 12:13).

I will bless the Lord who has counseled me . . . (Psalm 16:7).

Who is the man who fears the Lord?  He will instruct him in the way he should choose (Psalm 25:12).

I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you (Psalm 32:8).

The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations . . . The counsel of the Lord stands forever (Psalm 33:10-11).

With Your counsel You will guide me (Psalm 73:24).

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord, it will stand (Proverbs 19:21).

. . . and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor . . . (Isaiah 9:6).

And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him [Messiah], the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel (Isaiah 11:2).

This also comes from the Lord of hosts, who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great (Isaiah 28:29).

. . . O great and mighty God.  The Lord of hosts is His name; great in counsel and mighty in deed (Jeremiah 32:18-19).

  1. Consequences of not seeking Lord’s counsel

So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of the Lord.  Therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).

So the men of Israel took some of their [Gibeonites] provisions and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord.  And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to let them live [thus the Promised Land was populated with foreigners] (Joshua 9:14-15).

They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.  So He gave them their request, but sent a wasting disease among them (Psalm 106:13-15).

There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains, because they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.  Therefore He humbled their heart with labor . . . (Psalm 107:10-12).

  1. The Lord controls the counsel of people

Now someone told David, saying, “Ahithopel is among the conspirators with Absalom,”  And David said, “O Lord, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithopel foolishness.” . . . And David said to him [Hushai], “If you pass over with me, then you will a burden to me.  But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father’s servant in time past, so I will now be your servant.’ Then you can thwart the counsel of Ahithopel for me”  (2 Samuel 15:31, 33-34).

Then Absalom said to Ahithopel, “Give your advice.  What shall we do?” . . . And the advice of Ahithopel, which he gave in those days, was as if one inquired of the word of God; so was all the advice of Ahithopel regarded by both David and Absalom (2 Samuel 16:20, 23).

When Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom said to him, “Ahithopel has spoken thus.  Shall we carry out his plan? If not, you speak.” So Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the advice that Ahithopel has given is not good . . . But I counsel that all Israel be surely gathered to you . . . and that you personally go into battle . . . then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithopel.”  For the Lord had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithopel, in order that the Lord might bring calamity on Absalom. Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, “This is what Ahithopel counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel, and this is what I have counseled. Now therefore send quickly and tell David . . . and they said to David, “Arise and cross over the water for thus Ahithopel has counseled against you.” . . . Now when Ahithopel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to his city, to set his house in order, and strangled himself; thus he died and was buried in the grave of his father (2 Samuel 17:6-23).

  1. SCRIPTURE

Thy testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors (Psalm 119:24).

  1. GODLY PEOPLE
  2. Mother and father

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head, and ornaments about your neck (Proverbs 1:8-9).

My son, observe the commandments of your father, and do not forsake your mother when she is old. Bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck.  When you walk about, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you (Proverbs 6:20-22).

Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old (Proverbs 23:22).

  1.  Example of godly father’s counsel

As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son saying, “I am going the way of all the earth.  Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn, so that the Lord may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel’” (1 Kings 2:1-4).

  1. Those gifted with wisdom

And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart (2 Chronicles 9:23).

He who walks with wise men will be wise . . .  (Proverbs 13:20).

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit . . . (1 Corinthians 12:8).

  1. Experienced people

King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?”  Then they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to this people today, will serve them, grant them their petition, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”  But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him . . . (1 Kings 12:6-8).

Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?”  And they spoke to him saying, “If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given (2 Chronicles 10:6-8).

III. COUNSEL TO BE AVOIDED

  1. COUNSEL OF THE WICKED

They say to God, ‘Depart from us!  We do not even desire the knowledge of Thy ways.  Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what would we gain if we entreat Him?’  Behold . . . the counsel of the wicked is far from me (Job 21:14-16).

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked . . . (Psalm 1:1).

. . . the counsels of the wicked are deceitful (Proverbs 12:5).

  1.  Example of evil counsel

Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah . . . and hired counselors against them to frustrate their counsel all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia (Ezra 4:4-5).

From you has gone forth one who plotted evil against the Lord, a wicked counselor (Nahum 1:11).

  1. Idolatrous people

For they are a nation lacking in counsel, and there is no understanding in them (Deuteronomy 32:28).

But when I look, there is no one, and there is no counselor among them who, if I ask, can give an answer.  Behold, all of them are false; their works are worthless, their molten images are wind and emptiness (Isaiah 41:28-29).

  1. INEXPERIENCED
  2. Example of following inexperienced counsel

But he [Rehoboam] forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.  So he said to them, “What counsel do you give that we may answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, `Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?”  And the young men who grew up with him spoke to him . . . the king answered the people harshly . . . and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men . . . (1 Kings 12:8-10, 13-14).

But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.  So he said to them, “What counsel do you give that we may answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?”  And the young men who grew up with him spoke to him . . . the king answered the people harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders. And he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men . . . (2 Chronicles 10:8-10, 13-14).

  1. BLESSING AND CURSES
  2.  BLESSINGS AND BENEFITS OF SEEKING COUNSEL
  3. Success

. . . in abundance of counselors there is victory (Proverbs 11:14).

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed (Proverbs 15:22).

. . . in abundance of counselors there is victory (Proverbs 24:6).

  1. Direction and guidance

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you (Psalm 32:8).

With Your counsel You will guide me . . . (Psalm 73:24).

My son, observe the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck.  When you walk about, they will guide you . . . (Proverbs 6:20-22).

  1. Wisdom

. . . with those who receive counsel is wisdom (Proverbs 13:10).

Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days (Proverbs 19:20).

  1. Joy (in giving counsel)

. . . counselors of peace have joy (Proverbs 12:20).

  1. CURSES/CONSEQUENCES OF NOT SEEKING COUNSEL OR SEEKING WICKED COUNSEL
  2. Death

So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of the Lord.  Therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).

He [Ahaziah] also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Ahab, for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.  He also walked according to their counsel . . . (2 Chronicles 22:3-5).

Then the prophet stopped and said, “I know that God has planned to destroy you [Amaziah], because you have done this [worshipped foreign gods], and have not listened to my counsel (2 Chronicles 25:16).

Because I [wisdom] called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention; and you neglected all my counsel, and did not want my reproof; I will even laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes, when your dread comes like a storm, and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come on you.  ‘Then they will call on me, but they shall not find me, because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would not accept my counsel, they spurned all my reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be satiated with their own devices. For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, and the complacency of fools shall destroy them” (Proverbs 1:24-32).

  1. Strife

Through presumption comes nothing but strife, but with those who receive counsel is wisdom  (Proverbs 13:10).

  1. Plans frustrated

Without consultation, plans are frustrated . . . (Proverbs 15:22).

  1. Failure

Where there is no guidance, the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory (Proverbs 11:14).

  1. Miscellaneous curses and consequences

So the men of Israel took some of their [Gibeonites] provisions and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord.  And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to let them live [thus the Promised Land was populated with foreigners] (Joshua 9:14-15).

They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.  So He gave them their request, but sent a wasting disease among them (Psalm 106:13-15).

There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains, because they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.  Therefore He humbled their heart with labor . . . (Psalm 107:10-12).

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