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Copyright 2012 Mike Connell Ministries
Put God First (Mike Connell)
Spirit of Mammon (1 of 4) The number of times Jesus talked about wealth and
possessions, stewardship and accountability, far exceeded any discussion on any topic.
In fact there's about 10 times the number of references to finances and stewardship and
resources, than there are to faith and salvation, and yet all of these go together. Often
the moment we start to talk about money, people freeze - and we will see why...
Put God First (2 of 4) I've seen too many rich people who had miserable lives to believe
that money can really make your life happy. It just can't. God can make you happy,
money can't. Money is just a piece of paper. It's some numbers in the bank. It cannot
make your life happy. What it does instead is it tends to create problems.
Generosity (3 of 4) We have seen many people that have had much money and yet
they didn't have what money seemed to promise, health and prosperity and every good
thing. It seems like it still eludes them, so we looked at that and saw that Jesus taught
very specifically about us placing God first. To be generous is to be liberal. It's an
attitude of heart that shows up in every area of your life including finances. Generosity
Generosity (4 of 4) There's something about generosity that creates a very sweet
fragrance. When people give and there's nothing in it for themselves, they've just given
unexpectedly to you, then there's something sweet about it. Generosity usually exposes
greed. God is love and you can't love without giving. You can give without loving, but
you can't love without giving, so the greatest way we express the love of God to people