Nuts and Bolts – Shot Through the Heart #1
Opening Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 & Luke 12:34
What does it mean when we use the idiom “the Nuts and Bolts of something”? The Nuts and Bolts of something meansthe most basic, fundamental, or essential aspects of something.
In this series we are going to truly explore Tithes, Offerings and Blessed Generosity.
Now, if the last time you were here you heard me preach on this subject I want to say “Welcome Back”!!! It has been over 3 years since I have preached a message on Tithes or Offerings and almost 5 years since I did a series. (To my best calculations.)
The Faith Step:We are not taking up a formal tithe and offering during this series. You can give on the App, Website, any of the mail boxes set up around the Worship Center, or any of the other of the options we have.
Matthew 6:19-21 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12:32-34 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.
Deuteronomy 15:7-10 7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heartor shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. 9 Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin.10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.
Shot to the Heart
So why did I title this message “Shot to the Heart”? (It is not for you Bon Jovi fans.)
Because after the last 3 scriptures we just read you need to know that your treasure is directly tied to your heart.
When many people give it feels like a “Shot to the Heart” because your treasure is directly tied to your heart.
Example: Kids Birthday Parties or Stock Market
Deal with the heart motives Greed and Grudge.
Greed or Selfishness
7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart
Before the act of giving we deal with selfishness and greed.
The hardening of your heart is greed or selfishness.
9 Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin.
After the act of giving we deal with the grudge.
Example: After we give and something bad happens and our first response is “But God…!”
We must catch the heart motive of the G².
G² is the motive of Give to Give.
Giving to get works selfishness and greed back into your life.
The ultimate “Shot to my Heart” was when God said “My children have received a heart of Gettingwhen “I so loved the world that my heart gave.” John 3:16
How is your heart…Greed, Grudge or Give?
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