Series Code: NP
Program Code: NP190330A
07:26 >> All: Amen.
12:15 >> At this time, PMC, let's come together and pray at the foot of
12:21 the steps. Let's come together and enter
12:27 into God's courts together through prayer.
13:51 >> So, how close are we to an economic collapse?
13:55 I hold in my hands a paper from thebalance.com website.
14:02 Opens up, "If an economic collapse occurs, it would happen
14:06 quickly. No one would predict it.
14:08 The surprise factor is, itself, one of the causes of a collapse.
14:12 The signs of imminent failure are difficult for most people to
14:17 Here are seven potential scenarios for the United States. So, let me read them to you.
14:23 Number one...number one... is here, on the back. Number one -- "If the U.S.
14:33 dollar rapidly loses value, it would create hyperinflation." Now, our inflation rate, right
14:38 now, is between 2% and 3%, okay? Hyperinflation -- Our friends in Venezuela, right now, are
14:43 experiencing that. 121% inflation, possibly going up in 2019 to 10 million
14:50 percent. Yeah, that's trouble. Okay, so, that's number one.
14:53 Number two -- "A bank run could force banks to close or even go out of business."
14:58 Everybody going into the bank at the same time. "I want my money now.
15:01 I'm just not sure." It could go out of business, cutting off lending and even
15:06 cash withdrawals. Number three -- "The Internet could become paralyzed with a
15:10 super-virus, preventing e-mails and online transactions." And we could not live without
15:14 the Internet. Come on. Be honest. Right? Number four -- "Terrorist
15:17 attacks or a massive oil embargo could halt interstate trucking, and grocery stores would soon
15:22 run out of food." Trucks are what take our groceries across America.
15:26 Number five -- "Widespread violence erupts across the nation.
15:29 That could range from inner-city riots to civil war or a foreign military attack.
15:33 It's possible that a combination of these events could overwhelm the government's ability to
15:37 prevent or respond to a collapse." Number six -- some sort of
15:41 conspiracy. It could be the Federal Reserve. It could be something in the
15:44 executive branch, perhaps even a foreign conspiracy brings the country down, because if the
15:49 government -- As it reads here, "The economy is run on confidence that debts will be
15:53 repaid, food and gas will be available when you need it, and that you'll get paid for this
15:58 week's work. But if a large-enough piece of that stops for even several
16:01 days, it creates a chain reaction that leads to a rapid collapse."
16:05 All right, number seven -- This could cause an economic collapse in the U.S.
16:10 "Natural disasters could cause localized collapse. If Hurricane Irma hit Miami not
16:16 on the East Coast, but hit Florida on the West Coast --" It's actually the other way
16:23 around. If it had gone up the east and not, instead, gone up the west,
16:28 Miami would have -- It would have been worse than Katrina. That would be New Orleans.
16:32 Now, listen to this. If the 2019 polar vortex -- Which we all survived, right?
16:36 If the vortex had lasted weeks, instead of days, cities would have shut down.
16:41 Many of these extreme-weather events are getting worse. So, truth is -- whether it's an
16:46 economic collapse or an economic crisis or no crisis at all, it really doesn't matter, because
16:52 if you're going through, personally, a financial crisis right now -- and you know if you
16:57 are -- that's all that counts. If I'm going through a meltdown, financially, right now, who
17:05 cares what's happening to the nation? I had a college student in my
17:08 office here, bawling his eyes out. You know why?
17:14 Because his parents had loaned them their credit card, and he had driven the balance up
17:20 $10,000-plus and had no way to repay it. That's enough to make any grown
17:26 man cry. So, you may be the one today. I may be the one tomorrow.
17:34 Given that we're living on this razor-thin edge of potential economic crisis or collapse,
17:41 this seems to be the right time to say, "Are there any proven principles to survive,
17:48 financially?" Listen, we did a survey here on the campus about four weeks ago,
17:53 thanks to the university's permission. 318 students responded.
17:57 We have a little group called the Collegiate Council. Where's William sit?
18:01 Collegiate Council. And I've been meeting with them Tuesdays at 5:00.
18:06 So, we put this little survey together. It went to every student.
18:09 318 sent it back. The number-two-felt need of students at
18:13 Andrews University -- guess what -- financial. Financial.
18:17 This little series is coming out of that. Number one?
18:21 We're gonna get to that the first opening Sabbath of the new school year.
18:25 Collegiate Council putting the entire series together. I want to go to a powerful
18:31 principle embedded in a story that begins like this. Once upon a time, there were two
18:38 brothers. One was named Harley, and the other was named Harry.
18:42 And, by the way, that's not Harley-Davidson, and that's not Prince Harry.
18:46 But they were brothers nonetheless. One day, a man very much admired
18:50 by the brothers was their houseguest. So, Harley, being the more
18:54 culinarily skilled of the two, is whipping up a cyclone of delectable food in the kitchen,
19:01 and Harry, never drawn to kitchens at all, is in the sun-room of their apartment,
19:05 sitting down with the man. And the man has obviously captured the attention and
19:12 enamoring Harry, because Harry's doing less talking, and the man more, until, finally, Harley
19:17 comes exploding out of that kitchen, and he interrupts the conversation.
19:21 And he talks to the guest. "I don't suppose you've noticed that my brother's sitting there
19:26 with you while I'm slaving away in the kitchen. Would it be all right if you put
19:31 a pause on this little chitchat and sent him into the kitchen with me?"
19:37 Now, look, I suppose this story of two brothers, Harley and Harry, could be a story of two
19:43 sisters, Martha and Mary. But I switched it around for a reason, because every time we
19:49 come -- we guys come to the story of Martha and Mary, we say, "Oh, that's a girl's story.
19:54 I'm not even into that." The story has nothing to do with gender.
19:57 It could be boys. It could be brothers. It could be sisters.
20:01 The story has everything to do with generation, and in fact, it has our generation written all
20:05 over it. Now I want to go to that -- I want to go to that story with
20:08 you, so open your Bible up, please, to the Gospel of Luke 10.
20:11 Luke 10. I'm in the NIV today. Whatever translation you have is fine with me.
20:16 Didn't bring a Bible, you got it on the phone, don't have it, then grab the pew Bible in front
20:20 of you. What's the page number there? The page number would be 699.
20:25 Let's go. Luke 10:38.
20:45 Oh, boy. Put that up. Isolate that one, please, on the
20:51 She must have been a Third Millennial. I'll tell you what -- you go to
20:54 Google and you type in the word "distractions," man, there are thousands of sites dealing with
20:58 what plagues us today. In fact, I went through blog after blog, and it seems pretty
21:02 clear to me that there are three top distractions. And I want to share those with
21:06 you right now, so grab your study guide. It's in your worship bulletin.
21:10 Pull it out. And those who are watching right now, let me put a website on the
21:13 screen for you. Those of you that are live-streaming are already
21:15 there, of course, but if you're watching on television -- There, you see it, right there.
21:19 Www.newperceptions.tv. So, this is a brand-new series, beginning right now.
21:26 "How to Survive the Coming Economic Crisis." Part 1 is entitled "How to
21:29 Survive Your Own Financial Crisis." You go there, it says "study
21:32 guide." You'll have the identical study guide.
21:34 But let's go. Come on. What's everybody calling distraction out there?
21:38 Jot it down, please. Distraction number one -- And, by the way, these all start with
21:42 "S." Distraction number one would be what I have in my hip pocket.
21:45 What's that? That's my smartphone. Of course, it's a smartphone.
21:48 Yep, that is a source of distraction for the entire human race, and everybody's agreed.
21:53 Distraction number two -- it starts with an "S" -- social media.
21:56 Social media. Hey, jot this number down, will you?
22:00 Amazing. The average adult in this country spends 5.9 hours online
22:05 per day. We're talking about adults. 5.9.
22:08 Whoa-ho! How about the average teen? Jot it down.
22:12 9 hours online every day. Oh-ho! 9 hours. Where do you get 9 hours?
22:18 I don't know. You just get them. All right, talking about
22:22 distractions, both adults and teens, a UC Irvine study found out -- jot this down, will
22:28 you? -- discovered that it takes us 23 minutes and 15 seconds -- jot that down -- 23 minutes,
22:35 15 seconds to get back on track after we've been distracted. Whether we're in a class or
22:41 whether we're at work or whether we're in our dorm room, it doesn't matter.
22:44 When that "ding!" goes, our mind goes immediately to that notification, right?
22:49 Of course. 23 minutes to get back into gear.
22:52 How great. So, there they are. "But Martha was distracted."
22:57 We just read that. No wonder. But there's a huge distraction that has almost become a ball
23:02 and chain for you and me, and this is distraction number -- Distraction number one is
23:07 smartphone. Number two is social media. This one starts with an "S."
23:10 What is it? Put it on the screen, please. Distraction number three --
23:14 stuff. Stuff. Come on. Isn't that the truth? Stuff.
23:18 We're distracted by stuff. Jot down these wow numbers. USA Today, this month -- wow
23:23 numbers. You're gonna have to keep your hand moving here.
23:26 Here comes stat number one. 430 million credit cards are now in circulation in the
23:33 U.S. of "A." 430 million. Do you understand that there are
23:37 under 330 million of us, from babies to the aged. That means every human being in
23:42 the United States could have a credit card. We'd have 100 million more left
23:46 over in case we wanted to do more shopping. You can't believe it.
23:49 430 million. Keep going. Number two -- consumer debt, last year -- What are you
23:54 talking about, Dwight? Well, this would be out of loans, student loans.
23:57 Oh, we got one coming up on student loans, 'cause that's huge.
24:00 Auto debt, student loans, personal loans, and credit cards -- no mortgages, no house
24:05 mortgages, none of that kind of stuff, okay? What's the -- We hit a new high
24:09 this last year. Jot it down. Just over $4 trillion.
24:14 That's a 4 with 12 zeroes. You get a little writer's cramp driving those zeroes onto that
24:19 line, but go ahead and jot them down. $4 trillion. Not billion.
24:24 $4 trillion in consumer debt. Anybody here -- Oh, come on. Time-out. Time-out.
24:30 Lookit -- we're so used to hearing "trilling," we don't even know what to do with it.
24:33 Anybody here know how much a trillion dollars is? Here it is.
24:39 A trillion dollars would be if you spent $1 a second -- I just
24:43 wish you'd try me -- do an experiment with me.
24:45 Just let me do that. Give me the dollars, please.
24:48 If you spent $1 a second, you would have, in a day,
24:52 86,400 bucks, all right? If you did that for a year, you
24:57 would have $31.5 million. At the rate of spending, that
25:01 rate, it would take you for -- $1 trillion -- write it down --
25:05 32,000 years to pay it off.
25:09 32,000 doing this -- a dollar a second. You can't believe it.
25:14 To spend -- And, now, this is not -- This is $4 trillion, so four times that would take you
25:20 128,000 years. That's longer than most of us here are gonna live.
25:25 [ Laughter ] No, I'm serious. Can you believe that?
25:31 $4 trillion, consumer debt. But now here's another one. Thank you, USA Today.
25:36 Here's another one. Let's ask, "What is consumer spending like?"
25:40 So we're talking about food. We're talking about gas. We're talking clothing.
25:43 We're talking about going to Colorado to go snow-skiing. We're talking about technology,
25:47 electronics. And we're talking about gadgets, gadgets, gadgets, gadgets,
25:51 because that's where we spend most of our money, right? All-time high last year.
25:56 Jot it down. $13,032,300,000,000 spent by Americans last year.
26:06 That's just consumer spending in America. [ Laughs ]
26:10 At $1 per second, that would take you 416,000 years to spend. Go figure.
26:17 Turns out that we have a lot of wants, we have a lot of needs, and we've got a lot of stuff.
26:23 Joshua Becker, who considers himself a minimalist -- he has a blog called
26:27 "Becoming Minimalist." And he's run by a whole set of stats, and I'm gonna run by
26:31 you -- There's a website in the study guide. You can go, 'cause there are 21
26:35 of these. I've just cherry-picked a bunch of them.
26:38 Let me run them by you real quick here. According to the L.A. Times,
26:42 there are 300,000 items in the average American home. That's a spoon, a fork.
26:46 You know, 300,000, okay? British research, according to The Telegraph, found that the
26:52 average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily.
26:56 Those would be my two granddaughters. So, I'm telling you what -- they
27:00 got hundreds of toys but play with 12 a day. Moreover -- this is UCLA -- 3.1%
27:08 of the world's children live in America, but they own 40% of the world's toys.
27:15 Go figure. Here's a fourth one. Oh, Psychology Today.
27:20 Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches -- $100 billion -- than on higher
27:25 education. Here's another one. Number five -- shopping malls
27:30 outnumber high schools in America. Yeah, you already knew that one.
27:35 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime, according to
27:39 "Affluenza." My. What's this one? Number six -- Americans spend
27:44 $1.2 trillion -- remember how much a trillion is -- annually, according to
27:48 The Wall Street Journal, on non-essential goods, in other words, items they do not need.
27:53 $1.2 trillion. You didn't need that. You didn't need that.
27:56 That's why you got a two-car garage, 'cause you don't need it.
27:59 The cars are outside, by the way. That's America.
28:06 My. One more.
28:08 The $800 billion home-organization industry has
28:10 more than doubled in size since the early 2000s, growing at a
28:14 staggering rate of 10% every year, leading Joshua Becker to
28:19 conclude -- His words on the screen.
28:33 Oh, I love this.
28:39 [ Laughter ]
28:41 We got Neighbor to Neighbor here in town. You got Goodwill all over this
28:44 county. Just get rid of it. You don't have to have all of
28:48 that. Not in Lodi or in Berrien Springs.
28:55 Give it away. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his classic commentary on the
28:58 Sermon on the Mount -- Boy, did he nail -- This is back in the 1930s when he wrote that book.
29:03 Did he nail it on the head or what? Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
29:06 Take a look at this. Jot it down. "Earthly gifts," he writes, "are
29:10 given to be used, not to be collected." You use them.
29:14 You don't collect them. Keep reading. "The disciple --" that would be
29:17 you and me -- "must receive his, her portion from God every day."
29:21 If she stores it up as a permanent possession, she
29:23 spoils not only the gift, but --" write it down --
29:25 "herself, himself, as well, for we set our hearts on our
29:29 accumulated wealth, and that makes it a barrier between us
29:34 and God." Last line. Oh, this is good.
29:36 "Where our treasure is --" Whatever your treasure is.
29:40 "Where our treasure is, there is our trust, there is our
29:43 security, there is our consolation, and our God."
29:47 Final line. "Hoarding is idolatry."
29:52 And that was before we hoarded. Can you believe it?
29:57 300,000 items. But Martha was distracted.
30:02 Martha, Martha, you are distracted.
30:05 Yep. She must be just like us or we must be just like her.
30:10 Let's read it again. We stopped it in Verse 40, so
30:13 let's pick it up at Verse 40.
30:26 "Please." And Jesus replies... He only says -- He only doubles
30:33 the name when he loves you. Simon Peter -- "Simon, Simon."
30:38 Saul, the persecutor -- "Saul, Saul. Little boy Samuel -- "Samuel,
30:46 Samuel." He doubles your name when he loves you.
30:49 Apparently, you can be a hoarder and be distracted by the Lord knows what, but he still loves
31:11 Wow. There it is. Ladies and gentlemen, jot it down.
31:15 The number-one life principle. No, don't jot it down yet. The number-one life principle,
31:23 embedded in Jesus' words to Martha, embedded in Mary's response to Jesus.
31:27 And you know what? Jesus takes that principle that he just had spoken to us and he
31:32 makes it the peak, the summit of the Sermon on the Mount. Incredible.
31:36 Look at this. You've learned this since you were a kid.
31:39 Let's read it out loud together. Can you see it on the screen up here, band?
31:42 Let's read Matthew 6:33, right in the heart of the Sermon on the Mount.
31:46 Let's read it out loud together. "But seek first his..." >> All: ...kingdom...
31:49 >> ...and his... >> All: ...righteousness... >> ...and all these things will
31:55 be given to you, as well." Now you jot it down. The number-one life principle
32:01 that Jesus taught is "make God first." That's why Jesus pointed to
32:08 Mary, by the way.
32:10 He's not scolding Martha. But God is a loving provider of
32:16 everything that we need, even of everything that we want.
32:20 It's all from Him. So seek Him.
32:22 Make God numero uno in your life is what Jesus is trying to say
32:27 to Martha. And everything else -- Lookit,
32:29 the distractions -- God will take care of it.
32:33 Oh, come on. Let's do that one more time.
32:35 Matthew 6:33. The number-one life principle,
32:38 on the screen. Out loud together.
32:52 All what things? Jesus has just outlined the basic human needs of shelter,
32:56 clothing, and food. He says, "You'll have it." He doesn't say, "All you want.
33:00 Hey, yo, Dwight, everything you want I'll give you." No, He says, "I'll give you all
33:04 that you need. I'll take care of you." That's what it is.
33:09 "I promise. I put my kingdom on the line. I will never leave you or
33:13 forsake you. I will provide -- My God will provide all your needs,
33:18 according to his riches and glory --" Philippians 4:19. So, what -- "Yo, yo, yo, Dwight,
33:23 please, I mean, what does this have to do with how to survive your own financial crisis?"
33:29 Good question. Everything in the world to do with it.
33:33 You know why? Because if we could cast this story into a financial strategy,
33:38 what Mary is doing here, out of great love and devotion for Jesus, is putting all her money
33:44 at the feet of Jesus. It would be just like Mary took all her possessions, she took
33:49 all of herself, and she took all of her little monies and she put them in a little bag, tied a
33:53 ribbon around the neck and she puts it down and she sits down at the feet of Jesus.
33:58 That's what's happening here. Make God first. And Jesus looks at Martha.
34:05 He says, "Yo, girl, you are distracted by a lot. Mary has chosen what will never
34:13 be taken away from her." Make God -- Nobody can take God away from you ever.
34:20 What did Bonhoeffer say just a moment ago? On the screen one more time.
34:29 Whatever you treasure is your God. No, I'm serious.
34:32 Whatever you treasure is your God. Mary made Him first, and then
34:38 she put it all at Jesus' feet. In fact, do you know what? In order to operationalize this
34:43 great life principle, "make God first," God actually invented something.
34:48 This is really cool. It's as old as the hills. I don't know if you've heard
34:52 this word before. And, sometimes, it's better to spell it just so that you can
34:55 get it, because you're not quite sure how to pronounce it. So let me just spell the word
34:59 out for you. The first letter of the word is "T."
35:02 The second letter of the word is "I." The third letter of the word is
35:06 "T." The fourth letter is "H." And the fifth letter is "E."
35:11 Now, some are saying, "How do you pronounce that? "Tith-ay? Tith-ay?"
35:15 No, that's not pronounced tith-ay. That's tithe.
35:18 [ Laughs ] That's tithe. We don't like that word.
35:23 Come on. Level with me. We don't like that word. It feels like, "Eh, somebody's
35:29 trying to control me." We don't like tith-ay. Someone just ought to call it
35:33 tith-ay, and it wouldn't bother us. Tithe. It's as old as the hills.
35:36 "Father Abraham" -- You remember that song? ♪ Father Abraham had many sons
35:42 ♪ Many sons had Father Abraham Do they sing that down at Southern, too?
35:46 Probably not. We're still singing it up here. [ Laughs ]
35:50 Not. Not. Okay. "Father Abraham" on the screen. Genesis -- What is this?
35:55 Genesis 14. What does it say about Father Abraham.
36:01 And it's called a tithe. Okay, along comes his grandson, who was great, Jacob.
36:06 And Jacob's talking to God right here. "All of that You give me, I
36:10 will -- Of all of it, I will give You," what? What does it say?
36:13 I will give You what? A tenth. Jesus calls it the tithe.
36:16 In fact, the Lord Jesus even spoke about it. Put the Lord Jesus on the screen
36:20 for us, please. "This ought you to have done" -- he's talking about tithing --
36:23 "without leaving the other undone." He's talking about loving.
36:26 Matthew 23:23. Trust me, folks -- it is a very big deal with God.
36:32 I mean, Jesus ought to have known. He's God in the flesh.
36:36 He got it right. Of course, 'cause he invented it.
36:41 Take a look at this spectacular promise. I'm telling you.
36:45 It's on the last page of the Old Testament, but you got to see this.
36:49 If you've never seen it, you're seeing it today with wide-open eyes.
36:53 Go to the last page of the Old Testament. So that would be the last page
36:57 of Malachi. Yeah, go to Malachi 3. Take a look at this, will you?
37:01 Amazing. Unbelievable promise. Malachi 3:10. God speaking.
37:15 Okay, check it out. Prove me -- You make me prove it
37:19 to You.
37:30 You can't believe it. Who would not want to be standing right here, wherever
37:34 you are, and the floodgates of heaven suddenly open over your meager little cash collection --
37:43 They open over your, tiny little dorm room or house. They open over your
37:48 little-old-you life. Who wouldn't want the floodgates of heaven to open straight on
37:56 top of you? Wouldn't you want that? But of course.
37:59 That's what he's saying. "I will take care of you. I am going to deliver you from
38:04 financial crisis." You're saying to me, "Dwight, it doesn't say a word about being
38:07 delivered from financial crisis." That's because we always have
38:10 stopped reading -- And I'm guilty of this. We've always stopped with Verse
38:14 10. We say, "No, don't go to Verse 11."
38:16 No, we're going to Verse 11. Look at Verse 11. God's still speaking.
38:19 He said, "I'm gonna open the windows of heaven for you, the floodgates."
38:23 And, by the way, in Verse 11, He says, "I will prevent pests from
38:26 devouring your crops." Do you know what those crops
38:28 were? This was written to an agrarian
38:30 society. Those crops were cash.
38:32 Got a farmer right here. Those crops were cash.
38:34 Called a cash crop. They live off of that.
38:37 If the crop goes away, I'm dead meat.
38:40 So, God says, "Listen, don't you worry about a financial crisis."
38:44 "'I will prevent pests from devouring your cash crops, and
38:47 the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it
38:51 is ripe,' says the Lord Almighty."
38:53 Keep Reading. Then he says...
39:01 "I'm gonna take care of you. You're not in a crisis now, but I see a crisis coming your way,
39:06 financial, and I'm gonna get you ready. I will prevent a crisis.
39:10 I will deliver you in the midst of a crisis. I'm putting myself on the line.
39:14 You test me." See, we always stop at Verse 10. Why don't we read about the cash
39:19 crops? "I'll take care of your finances."
39:23 My. You serious? Yeah. When we tithe, it's our way of
39:32 saying to God -- Here, here, here. It's our way of saying to God,
39:36 "Okay, God, I make You my C-suite." You ever heard of a C-suite?
39:41 Some of you are shaking your heads, 'cause you say, "Well, what is this?
39:44 Some kind of sweet candy or something?" No. Put it on the screen here.
39:48 Here's the word C-suite right there. C-suite.
39:50 Our son, Kirk, just moved about four weeks ago, along with his lovely wife, Chelsea, and our
39:57 two precious granddaughters, Ella and Isabelle. They just moved from Salem,
40:02 Oregon, to Kettering, Ohio. Kirk just got hired by the Kettering Health system.
40:09 He's gonna be the director of physician recruiting for nine hospitals and 140 clinics.
40:14 And he has a team that he's now leading. Oh, I'm gonna tell you
40:18 something -- the big deal for us, of course, is that now -- We were just there helping him move
40:23 last Sunday. Now he's only 4 hours and 15 minutes away, instead of
40:30 2,100 miles away. And that's a huge difference. So, Kirk works for this health
40:35 system. This is the way health systems work.
40:37 They have C-suites. Universities -- some of them -- have C-suites.
40:41 Mm-hmm. Fortune 500 companies -- they have C-suites.
40:44 What's that? Let's run them by. Let's just see if you know what the C-suite is composed of.
40:49 What is a C.O.O.? By the way, every office in a C-suite begins with the word
40:55 "chief." You can only sit in that suite if you're chief something.
40:59 Okay, so, what's a C.O.O.? Come on. What's a C.O.O.? Huh?
41:03 Yeah, chief operating officer. Good. What's a C.I.O.? Chief information officer.
41:09 What's a C.F.O. Chief financial -- Yeah, we got that one.
41:13 What's a C.E.O.? Chief executive. All right? The C-suite gives us an
41:23 opportunity. When we return our little 1/10 of our income to God, it gives
41:27 us the opportunity to invite God to become our C-suite God. "God, I want you to be my chief
41:32 operating officer. I want you to be the chief information officer.
41:36 I want you to be the chief financial officer. I need you to be my chief
41:40 executive officer. God, I'm making you the entire C-suite.
41:44 Everything I have is yours now." Isn't that something? He's our C-suite God, and that's
41:50 pretty sweet, isn't it? Yeah. When we tithe, we place all our
41:55 meager resources into His nail-scarred hands and we declare to the one who died for
42:00 us, "I entrust all that I am. I entrust to you all that I have into Your keeping."
42:09 Yeah. But truth in advertising. I have to do this. It would not be right for me to
42:17 skip two more verses. I owe it to you. They're the two verses that
42:23 precede this beautiful Verse 10 promise. Verse 8. Look at Verse 8.
42:28 God is speaking. "'Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.'"
42:32 But you ask, "Come on, God. How are we robbing you?" God replies, "In tithes and
42:46 Hey, listen, ladies and gentlemen, God is not a genie in a bottle.
42:49 He's not a Santa Claus with a sleigh. He's the almighty king, the Lord
42:52 of angel armies. That's what Lord of hosts means. He's the Lord of angel armies.
42:57 And guess what. He loves you. He's crazy about you.
43:00 That's why he calls you by your name twice. "Martha, Martha."
43:05 What's your name? He calls you by that name twice. He's crazy about you.
43:14 He emptied his kingdom to win your heart one day. He's just praying, "I hope it's
43:20 soon. I hope it's soon." But you know what?
43:28 We have to love Him back. "Oh, I don't like that. I don't like to have to love Him
43:32 back." Well, don't ever get married then, please.
43:34 Don't ever get married, 'cause you have to love Him back. It's just the way love works.
43:40 It's two-way. So, He invented this little operationalized "make God first"
43:45 strategy so that he could say, "Hey, show me. I hear your lips.
43:49 You sing these wonderful praise songs on the screens and you got the symphony playing with you."
43:55 And "oh, how I love God." He said, "I've heard you sing these words a long time.
44:02 Show me. Show me. This is the most concrete and simple way he has.
44:09 Just show me." Does he need your quarters and nickels and dimes?
44:13 Are you crazy? He owns the whole universe. This has nothing to do with him
44:18 and everything to do with you. And if you say "no" to him -- I don't need C-suite.
44:23 Thank you. No C.F.O., no C.E.O.. You just go ahead.
44:26 I'll call you when I need you." And that's usually when we call. He's saying, "I want you to love
44:34 me. Come on. Love on me. I love you."
44:37 That's what it is, folks. Of course he used a strong word -- "curse."
44:40 He got our attention immediately, didn't he? "I'll curse you."
44:44 You know what it means to curse? It's nothing like we're thinking.
44:49 He says, "Okay, you don't want me, huh? You're waving me off, girl?
44:52 You're waving me off? Okay. I'm gonna take about 10 steps back.
44:56 You won't even see me. You won't even know I'm here. I'm gonna get right back here so
45:00 that I'm not in your way." And guess what. The moment there is a vacuum and
45:08 the C-suite leaves, trust me -- slithering in comes the enemy of us all, who says, "Okay,
45:16 financial bondage, here we go. Ball and chain. Got ya."
45:23 And He's 10 paces back. "You told me.
45:26 You waved me off. You told me you didn't want me."
45:30 I honor you. I honor you." What a God.
45:35 This is nothing about cursing. This is about you getting the
45:39 curse of having the other guy your C-suite, because you can
45:44 only have one C-suite. You can't have two C-suites.
45:48 The other guy has a whole horde of demons that he uses with him.
45:53 You get one or the other, so make up your mind.
45:57 Quit playing this dillydally, back-and-forth stuff.
46:01 You're killing yourself and you're breaking God's heart.
46:05 My. That's all it is. So, friend, I know who you are.
46:12 I love your face. But I'm telling you -- don't
46:16 wave Him off. Do not, for the sake of you and
46:19 the sake of God, don't wave Him off.
46:23 We're talking about a meager 1/10. Do you know how much that is in
46:27 your income? It's nothing. But that's okay. I'm saying, "C-suite, all I have
46:36 and all I am is yours." Make God first. That's what Mary did.
46:40 Martha was distracted. She finally learned. She got it. Oh, why wouldn't I, in humble
46:46 gratitude, return to God what is already His? I'd be a fool not to have Him my
46:53 C-suite God, wouldn't I? Yeah. I want to end with this. It's my favorite quotation.
46:58 "The Desire of Ages" is my favorite book in the world on the life of Jesus.
47:01 I end with this.
47:02 Put it on the screen.
47:20 "He will spare --" How much? Nothing, nada, zero.
47:33 And now write it down. "The --" The what?
47:35 >> Whole. >> Say it again. Come on.
47:37 The what? "The whole treasury of heaven is
47:43 open to those He seeks to save." Yeah, wow. Wow.
48:06 Is there a financial crisis coming?
48:08 [ Chuckles ] It's not for me to say, because
48:10 you may be in it right now. And I may be in it tomorrow.
48:15 But this much I know. When you return God's tithe, you
48:21 make him first. And when you make him first, you
48:26 have made the wisest financial decision you will ever make in
48:30 your life, forever. Amen.
48:33 >> All: Amen.
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