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I Will Surely Give

Mark Teh

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  • December 26, 2015
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I also bring you greetings from the amazing facts I'm going to Rector plan giving me some facts and. It's been a very busy year the Lord has blessed and they've in fact celebrated fifty years. This year and. If we had a meeting in Lansing Michigan called heroes of faith which is now available and we're looking towards the New Year as well. The ministry going to do a seven part series on the Sabbath from. North Carolina in Charlotte and we look forward to seeing the Lord last through that important program that's coming up. As Dale mentioned. I'm going to be talking about financial concepts today and if you have questions or would like help on some of these things that I'll be discussing about. You can feel free to give me a call you can reach me at the number that's available on this flyer I believe it is available down here and also up above as well as you exit and so I encourage you to pick one up as well. Before we begin why don't we go ahead and start with a word of prayer. Heavenly Father Lord we thank you so much for this season. It's a reminder of how much you love us and how you are drawing us with your loving kindness and it's a reminder of Jesus and His first advent and as we slacked on your goodness on your mercy on how much love us and or that may our response be Lord what can we to you in return we asked Lord that you would last us. Guide us with your spirit and guide my words this morning in Jesus' name amen. A favorite hymn of mine is Nearer My God to be. And it's reported that this him was being. Played by the orchestra as the Titanic was sinking. Many may not realize that this him is based on Genesis twenty eight and it's the story of Jacob. And Jacob as you remember in Genesis twenty eight he was leaving from his home he had just just seemed his father into giving him the birthright and his brother was curious and was looking to kill him and he was wandering in travelling and in the second verse of this him. It says of the like a wanderer daylight all gone. Darkness be over me my rest a stone. He went leave it was the second day of the travels he rested. He didn't have anything to sleep on but a stone. And he prayed. You know he prayed for God's protection he prayed recognizing his great sin and wanting to find God's favor in his forgiveness. The third verse it goes on to say. There let the way appear steps up to heaven. All that thou send me in mercy given Angels to beckon me Nearer My God to day. As he slept he dreamed and of course that famous ladder also known as Jacob's Ladder. Appeared before him from Earth to have been aimed elsewhere ascending and descending and the Lord was at the top of that ladder and he promised him that he was the God of Abraham of Isaac and that where he liason that God would give him that to him in his seed and that his seed would spread abroad to the west the east the north and the south. And that through his seed all the families of the Earth would be blessed and God made promises to him. He said I am with the I will keep the in all places wherever that go is I will bring the to this land. I will not leave. Until all that I have done and spoken is accomplished. The fourth verse of that song says. Then with my waking thoughts bright with I praise out of my stony griefs Bethel I raise so by my woes to be Nearer My God to Thee. When Jacob arose. He vowed a vow. And he accepted and believed the promises that God made that if God would be with him that if God would keep him. In the way that he goes that he provides for him whether it's his bread his clothing and that if he will come again to spotter's house in peace that the Lord would be his God. And he set up a pillar. With a stone that he to sleep. And he raised it up as God's house. And he promised he committed to the Lord that everything that the Lord gives him he will surely give a ten. That ladder represents Christ. It represents the way to heaven. In Jacob's response was that he would help off uplift God's house that he would return a tie. The lessons from Jacob is one that shows that in response to the greatness the goodness the mercy of God that he was going to live a life of service the uplifting of God's Kingdom his church and also it had a financial response as well. That he would give of what the Lord had given to him. In the New Testament second Peter one two to step in is also another ladder. I believe it's the same ladder it points a stick Christ and it's found in second. Peter one two through seven. And before it goes into the latter. It gives us these promises it says grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. We are told through the Spirit of Prophecy that as we work the plan of addition God will add grace to grace by faith if we add grace the grace of God will work. The plan of multiplication and multiply grace and peace and to us if we follow the principles that God has given us. If we do that plan of addition God will do the plan of multiplication jest as he did for the feeding of the five thousand. In verse three it says according as his divine power has been given to us all things that pertain until life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that have called us to glory and virtue. It says that we are given all things that pertain to life and godliness. I submit to you this morning that God has given us all things whether it's physical spiritual mental and that includes how we are to manage our finances. In verse four it says whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises that by being you may be partakers of the divine nature having a scape the corruption that is. In the world through last God wants us to bring us to godliness. He wants to have us be partakers of the divine nature and then it goes into the steps of this ladder and there are eight steps and if you are a note taker. This is the outline I will be following this morning. These eight steps. It says and beside this giving all diligence add to your faith virtue to Virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance and to Temperance patience and to Patience godliness and to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity. These are eight steps and this morning. I want to go through these eight steps in the context of how to manage our finances. The first step is faith and what this first step tells me is that. As important as money is it's not all about money. Often times we learn to let go. And to let God lead. When we look at Esau and how he was so willing to give up his birthright. He sold his birthright to his brother for a part of lentils just because he was hungry for his physical needs. We learned that in. Esau was really more interested. In the financial legacy of the birthright rather than the spiritual legacy. With the birthright that. Their father Isaac gave to them. It really was a spiritual legacy that he was wanting to leave them but all you saw cared about was the financial part we're told in Matthew six. Thirty three that seeking a first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you and Jacob actually realized that the spiritual blessing was more important. Unfortunately Jacob instead of trusting God that he would receive what the blessing that he was promised at the right time he chose to use the devil's name in order to acquire that birthright and he with his mom they concocted a plan to deceive the father into thinking that he was Esau. And the birthright was given to him through that method. But were told in. Mark's eight thirty six. What shall it profit a man if he gained the whole world and lose his own soul. God wants to give us a legacy of faith like Abel like Noah like Moses like the faithful before us that we might have a spiritual legacy. In my early years I I grew up in the church. I had family worship we attended Sabbath school and church and through these different spiritual exercises God was dealing to me a measure of faith. We're told that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Unfortunately influences can lead you another way and I remember being influenced by television and the media and of course these things portrayed a kind of a glamorous impression of money and materialism. And I started you know putting academics and career first and I started doing my devotions studying the Sabbath school quarterly. Stopped going to church. Eventually after college. But what was sad is I don't think I recognise that God just like you promised to Jacob. A spiritual blessing in a spiritual legacy. I was looking more at the financial blessing. And then I was using the Devils methods to accomplish the blessing that God already promised to me. But God had another plan and he wanted to get me back so that I can have the spiritual legacy he wanted to give and after law school I went to up to you see I got my business major decreed there and then I went to law school as well. After that in Sacramento. And after I graduated I finished taking the bar. I didn't have a job lined up and I was renting a room at someone's place and my landlady actually recommended that ice. Go to a Bible study fellowship. It was a non-denominational set Bible study fellowship and we were studying the life of Moses and one one thing that I realized from that is not only an affirmation of the faith that I grew up in but I started to see the parallels of how God was so faithful to the children of Israel how he provided for their needs the manna the you know their clothing their health. And I started to see that God was faithful to me. You know when I needed a job he was causing it to rain upon the just and the unjust. I had a job. The schooling and the scholarships that I needed and I saw that God was definitely treating me better than I deserved. And I started studying God's word and. That helped inspire faith in help inspire understanding and believing God's promises. Were told that without faith it is impossible to please God for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him Hebrews eleven six. And that if we seek Him and search him we will find him if we search with him search for him with all our heart. Faith is a firm belief in God's word. And a total surrender to the will of God. You see in my finances. I was not trusting in God's promises he told us he tells us to bring all the tie into his storehouse that there may be meat in his house and to prove him. That the Lord of Hosts if he will not open the windows of heaven and pour out of blessing that there may not be room enough to receive it. Malakai three ten were also told that if we give it shall be given and to us good measure pressed down shaken together running over men shall give into your bosom and with the same measure that we need it. We shall be measured and to us the six thirty eight. The next step after Faith is a virtue. And in trying to figure out the meaning of virtue. I was reminded of the chapter in Proverbs thirty one of the virtuous woman and it. Thirty one tenets those who can find a virtuous woman the heart of her husband safely trust in her she will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. A virtuous woman as shared in this passage is one who does her husband good and not on it is a doing of good. I submit to you that. Obeying God's Law that as we love God and obey him. We are also not our fellow men as well. When we look at the woman who had the issue of blood in Mark five. She was struggling with this ailment. She tried going to the doctors who couldn't help her and she heard that Jesus was coming to her. And what she did is by faith. She grasped the garments of Christ and virtue came out of Christ and was gone into her and she was healed and Christ recognized that that someone had touched his garment and virtue had gone out of him. I submit to you that goodness or birch. It comes by grasping Christ by faith. Abraham after he had been given these precious cynics exceeding precious promises. He vowed of doubt to the Lord and by faith he said that. These promises that you have given to me. I will believe them. I will accept them and that I will uplift your house and I will surely give the tenth one to day in my own experience. Trying it. My own way and recognizing that it does not bring fulfilling this fulfillment and money in and of itself does not bring happiness. I came to a point where I started being interested in spiritual things reading the book steps to Christ another book called Never give up trying to understand God and what he wants for my life. And I came to a point where ice attended a church in Sacramento and there was a concert there. And the. Person giving that concert shared the concept of seeking God's face. You know for so long I was seeking only God's hand seeking what he could give me and how he could bless me but not seeking his face and that relationship and that communion with him. Were told in Second Chronicles seven fourteen that if my people who are called by my name so humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from have been and forgive their sin and heal their land and it was by faith that I chose to seek God's face. And in that moment was a moment of healing for me a moment of forgiveness a moment of spiritual awakening. And I committed that if the Lord wanted me to give a ten that I would give him a ten. And if he wanted me to keep the Sabbath that I would keep the Sabbath. And. And I believe that in that moment I received virtue that spiritual awakening and peace that passes all understanding. Were told that some are ever learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth. The next step is knowledge and if we want knowledge were told that if any man do his will he shall know the doctrine whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself in cooperation with God. He will give us wisdom into certain men and that knowledge. Proverbs twelve one says that who so love it. Instruction but Hadith reproof is brutish whosoever loveth instruction love it. Knowledge. You know after making this commitment to God I had to make a decision. About where to return my tie and. You know when your eyes are opened you see both the good and the bad that may be happening within the church and there may be a temptation to go elsewhere but you know I was convicted by studying God's word that this the Seventh Day Adventist church is God's remnant church. And that you know in Genesis twenty eight seventeen. There is a principle of House of God being the gate of heaven and as we return to God what belongs to him. We are to bring it to the house of God the gate of heaven and I was really baptized when this happened back in twenty two thousand and three. And I. Part of the vows of my baptism was that I believe in church organization and it is my purpose to worship God and to support the church through my tithes and offerings and by my personal effort and influence. One thing we see with Esau is that he. One of the his downfalls was that he married outside of the God's people. He basically made alignments with people who were not of God's people and it led him astray and I believe that as I was committing my life to Christ and becoming part of this church that I was also to support the church as well. This is also supported by the church manual which has been voted by the G.C. in world session. It says that the tie this in the Lords and is to be brought as an act of worship to the conference treasury through the church in which the persons membership is held in Nehemiah ten. Thirty five. We're told that we are to bring the first fruits and we are to bring it on to the house of the Lord. I realize that defective and in feeble. As the church may appear. It is the one object which God does stows in a special sense the supreme regard. And I recognize that to the extent that people are unfaithful in the sacred duties that have been given them in regards to the tie that God will hold them responsible but as for me I am to be faithful in what God has given to me and return it. When you make the decision to give a faithful tide and to be involved in systematic benevolence. There comes a point where you have to realize that in order to do that you need to be able to manage your own affairs as well in Proverbs twenty seven twenty three were told that to be diligent to know the state of by flocks and look well to die herds. I definitely recommend budgeting and making sure that your financial affairs are in order. We're told that in fourteen twenty eight to thirty. It says For which of you intending to build a tower sit it or not. Down first and count the cost. Whether you will have sufficient funds to finish it less happily after you've laid the foundation you're not able to finish it and people mock you saying that you began to build but you weren't able to finish it. We are to know what we have so that we can make sure that our needs are met. In Proverbs fifteen twenty two. It says without counsel purposes are disappointed but in the multitude of counsellors they are established so those in regards to knowledge we are to not only know how to. Return are tied. But also how to manage our own affairs and I believe God has given us these biblical principles to apply in our own lives. I also believe that it's good to get counsel you know even though I had a business degree and a law degree. I realized that God still had a lot to teach me in regards to financial management and managing it his way and so I recommend things like Dave Ramsey. Dave Ramsey dot com just those basic principles on budgeting and saving Ed Reed of course has a lot of resources as well. He's on audio verse and so applying these principles in our lives. I believe that we are to do these things either even software is available like you need a budget also known as Y. now and and I recommend it. I think budgeting especially in a household is the only way of communication and you know a lot of marriages break up because of this management of finances and how much better to manage it correctly and be able to communicate with your family and your spouse in a way that is. Mutually agreed upon a personal knowledge of God is what's important. But it is a knowledge that results in obedience to His commandments by applying these principles in our lives we are getting a knowledge of God who is a God of order but it is a knowledge that leads to obedience. One of the Scriptures that I have memorized is found in Jeremiah. And it's talks about you know dust saith the Lord let not the wise man glory in his wisdom neither let the rich man. I mean the mighty man glory in his might let not the rich man glory in his riches but let him know that Gloria glory in this. That he understand it and know with me that I am the Lord which exercises loving kindness judgment righteousness in the earth for in D.C. was I to light say the word the Lord wants us to understand and know him. The next step is temperance So we've gone through faith virtue knowledge and now temperance. Some might think What does temperance have to do with finances. We usually think of it in the context of health but temperance has everything to do with finances temperance a self control a definition that we have from the book temperance one thirty eight is true temperance teaches us to dispense with everything hurtful and to use judiciously that which is healthful. So we are to be temperate in all things. Every man that strive for the mastery is temperate in all things you know one standard that we can apply when we're managing our finances is the one found in Philippians four eight you know whatsoever things are true. What's over things are honest are just are pure are lovely of good report. If there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things. One thing that the Lord lead me in regards to financial management is. You can't have everything. So you have to prioritize and I realized that there were some things in my life that were not really spiritually edifying but were more hurtful. And some of these examples that the Lord convicted me of is for example cable television. I realize that most of it was really trash and that you know in order for me to support his work. That I need to to give up some things so that his cause could be uplifted also movies and worldly entertainment on healthy foods and of course even the things that are healthful we have to use in moderation. Whether that's clothing or even healthy foods have to be in moderation. The other principle is temperance is avoiding debt we're told that rich over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender Proverbs twenty two seven. So temperance is an important principle as we study financial management. The next step after temperance is patience and patience is really in durance we're told that we're to counted all joy when we fall into fall into diverse temptations knowing that the trying of your faith to work it. Patience So even when we're tempted and we're able to resist the Lord is teaching us patience in regards to debt as we work to eliminate it. God is teaching us patience the wicked bar with and pay it. Not again but the righteous show with mercy and give it. We are also to save if we are to avoid debt. How are we to fund our purchases we are to save in order to purchase were to go to the ant now sluggard consider her ways and be wise which having no guide overseer or ruler provided her meat in the summer and gather the food in the harvest Proverbs six six through a. Want to share a testimony in regards to this. Three years ago. Well actually in two thousand and eleven. It was the fall of two thousand and eleven. I just had a birthday and my mom. Gave me the Financial Peace University course by Dave Brown sea and she had been listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio I wasn't that familiar with him but but my mom challenged me to in three years or less to get out of debt. And at that point I had I went to law school and college and. I still had about fifty five thousand dollars worth of law school debt and she actually gave me two challenges one was to get out of debt and to get married and. And so I I took the course I went through it. I listened to all the D.V.D.'s I started listening to him on the radio and. In a you know I was paying I decided to pay more than the minimum which was required like probably five times more than the minimum and I started using saving and tax refunds to do that debt snowball and in May of twenty fourteen less than three years later I had eliminated that debt. Praise the Lord. And incidentally as well in August of two thousand and fourteen. I proposed to my wife. And so we were married in February this year and so I believe that the Lord blessed. You know not just in the elimination of debt but also learning patience and and in other ways as well and we're told that in Romans five three that we are to glory and tribulations also knowing that tribulation work it patients so temperance patience. And the next one is godliness. Higher than the highest in thought can reach is God's ideal for his children godliness. And God likeness is the goal to be reached. And that's when thinking about godliness you wonder what does that have to do with finances. However I found a verse and you're probably familiar with this one in first Timothy two nine hundred ten. And it talks about how about women in this context but whose adorning let it not be well says in like manner also that women adorn themselves in modest apparel with shamefaced innocence of bride a not with boyhood hair or pearls or costly array but with good works and in parentheses. It says which become it women professing godliness. And so godliness. I'm gathering from this is includes modesty and simplicity godliness with contentment is great gain and then a parallel passage in first Peter three three three four. It says who's adorning let it not be the outward adorning of plating of hair wearing a putting on apparel but let it be the hidden hand of the heart in which is not corruptible even the ornaments of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God a great price on the meek and quiet spirit is what God is looking for. In Christ object lessons we're told that there are three uses of money and one is to necessities of life to bless others and to advance the cause of Christ and so if what we're spending our money is not really for these three categories. They may be more superficial. And so we want to be mindful of how we spend what God has blessed us with. Another aspect of godliness I believe this found in the Hezekiah story where he was told that he was going to die and the Lord told him to put his house in order for the out shall die and not live Second Kings twenty one. I believe that we are to have our affairs in order. It says that. Cleanliness neatness and order are indispensable to the proper management of the household cleanliness is next to godliness. You know in regards to cleanliness and order when you think about it if you have your like your pantry in order and your inventory in your home in order. You don't keep buying things that you already have. And you're able to keep track of what you have so that you're not spending more than you need to order is also important in regards to our estate plan that we are to have a plan and I recommend a chapter in Volume four of the testimony it's called Wilson legacies. And it talks about faithful stewards of the Lord's will know how their business stands and they like wise men will be prepared for any emergency. You know what this is telling me is that it's good to have a plan in place because you never know when your probation may close it says should their probation close suddenly they would not leave such a great perplexity to those who would have to settle there a state where to make it easier for our loved ones who will have to you know organize things after we depart. You know many are not exercised on the subject of making their wills while they are in apparent health but this precaution should be taken by our brother. And they should know their financial standing and should not allow their business to become in Tangled they should arrange their property in such a manner that they may leave it at any time. So we are to have our affairs in order. I believe that cleanliness neatness order are aspects of godliness. We're down to our final two and the next one is brotherly kindness. Going back to problems thirty one. It says she opened her mouth with with them just as the virtuous woman and her tongue is the law of kindness and then we're also told in verse twenty that she stretched it her hand to the poor yet she reached forth her hands to the needy. You know it's one thing to speak words of kindness and I think that's important but it's another thing to speak with our finances as well. And when we give. I submit to you. We're speaking in some ways even more loudly than with just our words. When we look at the children of Israel and how the Lord blessed Jacob and his descendants. The contributions that were required of the Hebrews for religious and charitable purposes actually amounted to one fourth of their income. So heavy attacks upon the resources of the people might be expected to reduce them to poverty but on the contrary faith full of deserved bins to these regulations was the condition of their prosperity. Shall we. Who enjoy so full light and privileges of the gospel be content to give less to God than was given to those who live in the form or less favored dispense sation nay. As the blessings we enjoy our greater are not our obligations correspondingly increased in twenty thirteen. I was still paying off my debt at that time. For the law school debt and I actually encouraged my church to lean towards the direction that this passage was encouraging us to go towards and I encourage them to consider giving at least a second tide and I did that as well. And I believe that the Lord really blessed in two thousand and thirteen. I did that and I I actually got three pay increases in one year and whereas the other years were not you know like that and and one. You know one was actually a promotion. It was a promotion merit increase and a cost of living but I believe that the Lord as we give to him he is going to make sure that our needs are met and when we look at the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew twenty five. This is when the Lord comes back he looks at how his people have treated the hungry thirsty. The stranger the naked the sick and those who are in prison and I believe that as we have been so blessed. You know I think about my parents who immigrated from the Philippines and you know the desire that they had to come to this country for a better opportunity and the opportunities that I have been been given whether it's education and work the Lord wants us to give back of the blessings. That he has given to us as a people as a nation and I believe by doing so he will bless us as well the last one. We've talked about faith virtue knowledge temperance patience brotherly kindness and now we're to charity. It's interesting that the word charity of course we know is love is the word that was chosen was a word that we often think of getting you know we give to charities First Corinthians thirteen we have the definition of love and in John three sixteen we're told that for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. There is a connection between loving and giving. In a Matthew six nineteen to twenty one. We're told to not lay treasures for ourselves upon the earth where modern Rostock corrupt and where thieves break and steal. But lay for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither Martha nor Rostock corruption we're neither thieves nor breakin or steal or where your treasure is there will your heart be also. At the end of the day the Lord is less concerned about our material blessings and more concerned about our heart. For where our treasure is there will our heart be also. One thing that we can take with us to Heaven is our character. Everything else will burn up. The other thing incidentally that we can take with us aren't the characters of those who we have influenced for good. Will be saved for eternity and. We're told that Greater love hath no man. Then to lay down his life for his friends. This doesn't what I thought it means meaning we may not necessarily be called down to lay our physical life down but we are to demonstrate our love for our neighbors we lay down our lives in all that we do big and small when we put someone else's needs ahead of our own. I submit to you as well that in regards to an estate plan. For those of you don't know as director of planned giving That's one of the things that I'm involved in meaning I help people get their wrist affairs in order so that they can not only provide for the necessities of life. Maybe for their loved ones but also that they can be a blessing to others and advance the cause of Christ. The three things that were told that money should be used for. But when you create your estate plan you do a will typically And it is called your last will and testament and in a way it is really a crowning act of one stewardship. It is a way that you show by your life and your death that your works will follow you. We're told that we are to love God with all of our heart mind soul and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves. And I believe that as God has changed and glass that we will see to be a blessing to others through our plan. We're told that before. The end of time that some of us will be laid to rest. Even before the time of trouble and how much how much of a blessing it would be if as we were laid to rest the assets that God has blessed us with will forward in a way that will help finish the work. God. Wants to finish the work not only through our finances but through our heart as well. In collations three twenty nine. We're told that in Christ we are errors. According to the promise that God gave to Abraham and I believe that he gave to Jake. And that as we like Jacob promised to surely give that God will bless us as well. I've talked about a lot of concepts today whether it's tithing whether it's giving of our. Freewill offerings or whether it's creating in a state plan. And some may think it's a little overwhelming to talk about budgeting as well but as the Chinese proverb says the journey of a thousand miles. It starts with one step. And so I encourage you to some mornings I encourage each of us this morning that as God has given us this ladder that we will take that first step in crisis. Object lessons we're told that remember that you will never reach a higher standard than you yourself set then set your mark high and step by step. Even though it be by painful effort by self-denial and sacrifice ascend the whole length of the ladder of progress. Let nothing hinder you in second. Peter one ten as the at the towards the middle of that chapter where Peter's ladder and we're told that rather brethren give diligence to meet your calling and election sure for if you do do these things you shall never fail. May our response be to the Lord I will surely give of all doubt that I'll get me I will surely get. Let's bow our heads. Heavenly Father Lord we thank you so much for the stories in your word that help. Well when mine died a story that. Accepted your promise by faith grassed. And ascended. Temperance of knowledge of temple. Brother of charity as well as. I pray Lord that our. Last. Past history and that this media was brought to you by a website dedicated to the word sermon and much more if you would like to know more about the visit.

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