“Embracing Change To Experience Life!” James 5:1-6 Many people wrongly believe that the Bible teaches that it’s wrong to be WEALTHY! 1 Timothy 6:10…. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (NIV) • “The love of money” • The misuse of money “The love of money” causes all kinds of problems. Let’s look at how God wants us to handle our in 3 areas. The way we GET our money is as important as the money we RECEIVE. James 5:4…. “You have not paid any wages to those who work in your fields. Listen to their complaints! The cries of those who gather in your crops have reached the ears of God, the Lord Almighty [Sabboath].” (GN) This is a serious issue! God tells all employers to treat their employees with fairness justice. and Jeremiah 22:13…. “Doom to him who builds palaces but bullies people, who makes a fine house but destroys lives, who cheats his workers and won’t pay them for their work.” (Message) Don’t fill your pockets by cheating people out of what you owe them. Don’t be dishonest with people. When you get a bill in the mail – pay it. When you owe someone something – pay what is due. Employees to treat their employers fairly …. Give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. If you sell used cars – do it with honesty. Employees …. If you get paid by the hour – don’t sit around wasting time. Proverbs 14:23…. “In hard work there is always something gained, but idle talk leads only to poverty.” (GW) James next shows us that there is a wrong reason to save up money. James 5:3b…. “You have hoarded [heaped up] wealth [treasure] in the last days.” (NIV) DON’T STOCKPILE YOUR MONEY! God wants His money to circulate. Save your money so that it can be used for God’s Kingdom and it’s extension. God does NOT oppose us to save money. Luke 14:28…. “Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it.” (GW) Jesus was talking about HAVING ENOUGH RESOURCES in hand – to finish the project that you started. God encourages SAVING – there IS a legitimate place for saving. James 5:2,3…. “Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire.” (NKJV) James is telling them – God does not want us to get wealth – just for the sake of getting wealth. He wants us to put our wealth into circulation – for His kingdom. Tithes & Offering James 5:5…. “You have lived on the earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves [hearts] in a day of slaughter.” (NIV) We are NOT TO WASTE our wealth. We are not to be OVERLY selfindulgent. Sometimes, the more money we make the EASIER it is to waste it. Just because you can afford something – does not mean you should buy it. The Bible tells us TO…. SPEND our money WISELY! Proverbs 21:5…. “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” (NIV) How do you spell “PLAN”? Have a budget? What is a budget? … is planned spending. … is telling your money where to go and when. Proverbs 23:4,5.… “Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder.” (Message) Read again Luke 14:28…. “Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it.” (GW) The Bible clearly teaches that God is concerned with... 1. How we GET our money? 2. How we SAVE our money? 3. How we SPEND our money? God is concerned with every aspect of our life – and that includes our “FINANCES.” Are you using them in a way that is pleasing to God? Are you including God in your financial planning?