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It’s Complicated: Wisdom Of Generosity-Proverbs 1:6-7,3:5-10,11:24-25,16:9,21:5,1 Timothy 6:10

About This Message

To understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:6-7 (ESV)

Tithing…

1. Honors The Lord

Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10 (ESV)

2. Allows God To Bless Me

Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:24-25 (NLT)

3. Protects Me From Becoming Selfish

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

Proverbs 11:24 (Mess.)

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT)

4. Makes Me Trust God

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he  will make straight your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

Proverbs 3:5-10 (ESV)

5. Teaches Me Discipline

We should make plans—counting on God to direct us.

Proverbs 16: 9 (LB)

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV)

6. Brings Me Joy

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)