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Great Gain & Contentment

1 Timothy 6:6-7 (English Standard Version)

6Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY, DEBT IS OFTEN SEEN AS A NORMAL WAY OF LIFE.

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

7 The rich rules over the poor,
   and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

IN THE SCRIPTURE, THE PATTERN OF LIVING IN DEBT IS SEEN AS ONE OF BONDAGE AND SLAVERY!

12The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them,

WE HAVE HOPE IN A KINGDOM ECONOMY, WITH CHRIST AS KING!

6For the LORD your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

SO DEBT – IS THAT WHICH ONE PERSON IS BOUND TO PAY OR PERFORM FOR ANOTHER.

  1. Our Desire – may be to express a wish to possess or obtain something.

  2. But – Extravagance is excessive or exceeding appropriate bounds.

  3. Debt is generally pride based.

 4"Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
   but the righteous shall live by his faith.

 5"Moreover, wine is a traitor,
   an arrogant man who is never at rest.
His greed is as wide as Sheol;
   like death he has never enough.

He gathers for himself all nations
   and collects as his own all peoples."

Woe to the Chaldeans

 6Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,

   "Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own
   for how long?—
   and loads himself with pledges!"
7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
   and those awake who will make you tremble?
   Then you will be spoil for them.

HERE THE PROPHET GIVES A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE DESTRUCTIVE STEPS IN THE DECLINE OF INDIVIDUALS AND NATIONS WHO HAVE FALSELY BUILT UP THEIR WORTH BASED ON DEBT.

 4"Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him…

  1. To go places

  2. To do things

  3. To buy things

  4. Without being satisfied with what they have.


 4"…   but the righteous shall live by his faith.

THE RIGHTEOUS – IS THE PERSON WHO IS:

  1. THE JUST

  2. THE HONEST

  3. THE LAWFUL

  4. THE RIGHT BEFORE GOD



44 He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

 45 "All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you. 46They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever. 47 Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things,

 21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
   but the righteous is generous and gives;
22for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land,
   but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

ECONOMIC DECLINE QUICKLY REVEALS WEAKNESSES.

Woe to the Chaldeans

 6Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,

    "Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—
   for how long?—
   and loads himself with pledges!"

7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
   and those awake who will make you tremble?
   Then you will be spoil for them.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,
   all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
   to cities and all who dwell in them.

NOTE:

  1. Those manipulated and controlled by debt

  2. Rise and point out the flaws in the proud one’s quest for exaltation

  3. They will scorn and despise him

  4. They reveal plans based on debt not on true wealth or strength

  5. They show that there is no real substance to the exaggerated lifestyle of the proud man

39 You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them. 40You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off.

NOTE:

  1. Repayment requirements of debt seriously impact the proud man’s ability to support his appetite

  2. Now new ways must be found to finance the debt based lifestyle

  3. Harassment by people, serves to urge the angry proud man on to more cunning and destructive techniques

  4. Fraudulent plans are devised as cover – ups

 9 "Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,
    to set his nest on high,
   to be safe from the reach of harm!
10 You have devised shame for your house
    by cutting off many peoples;
   you have forfeited your life.
11For the stone will cry out from the wall,
   and the beam from the woodwork respond
.

SOME …

  1. Plans maybe untruthful about facts

  2. Exaggeration of assets

  3. Understatements of liabilities or required payments

  4. Or revealing debt that far outreaches the value of total assets or projected profit

IN THE DESIRE TO PERPETUATE THE PROUD LIFESTYLE, EVEN THE POSSESSIONS WILL CRY OUT AGAINST THE PROUD MAN’S PRETENSES.


5) Violence is now unleashed as a coercion tactic

Habakkuk 2:12 (English Standard Version)

 12 "Woe to him who builds a town with blood
   and founds a city on iniquity
!

 36"The LORD will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known. And there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone. 37 And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the LORD will lead you away. 38 You shall carry much seed into the field and shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it. 39 You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them. 40You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off. 41You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours, for they shall go into captivity. 42 The cricket shall possess all your trees and the fruit of your ground. 43 The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44 He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

6) Finally people grow weary of the sham represented by the debtor

a) Frustration of the oppressor, causes a reaction

b) The oppression is not from God, but because you did not serve the Lord with joyfulness and gladness of heart

Habakkuk 2:13-14 (English Standard Version)

13Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts
   that peoples labor merely for fire,
   and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled
   with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD
   as the waters cover the sea.

c) Desire for the knowledge of God and the glory of God, bring God’s blessings and God’s provisions without enslaving debt

 15 "Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink—
   you pour out your wrath and make them drunk
,
   in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16You will have your fill of shame instead of glory.
    Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!
The cup in the LORD’s right hand
   will come around to you,
   and utter shame will come upon your glory!

17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
   as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
   to cities and all who dwell in them.

7) Discrediting others will follow:

a) Failure in coercion will cause even more vindictive, revengeful reactions.

b) False accusations are a cover up for guilt and iniquity.

c) Lack of remorse for his actions, only intensify his pursuits.

8) Deception plots will be exposed and the glory of the Lord will be revealed:

a) Disgrace will come as empty accomplishments are taken or attempted to pay off debts.

b) The modern idolatry of possessions propped up through debt and exalted by man.

 18 "What profit is an idol
   when its maker has shaped it,
   a metal image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
   when he makes speechless idols!
19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
   to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
   and there is no breath at all in it
.

20But the LORD is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth keep silence before him."

14 For the earth will be filled
   with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD

   as the waters cover the sea.

d) The holiness of the Lord will be revealed in great and dynamic ways.

e) In the Kingdom of God:

SELF EXAMINATION QUESTIONS:

CONCLUSIONS:

18 Pride goes before destruction,
   and a haughty spirit before a fall
.

23 One’s pride will bring him low,
    but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor
.

WHEN PRIDE BASED DEBT IS TORN DOWN, PEOPLE WILL TURN TO THE WAYS OF GOD!

6Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,

Compiled by: Pastor Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates

August 14th, 2010 www.churchonthego.ca

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