Skip to main content

SKITTLES, Part 1- Hoarders

You can listen to this message right now by clicking here

Skittles Represent What You Have To OFFER.

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)

Here are the 4 things that make up your life: 1. TIME 2. TALENT 3. TREASURE 4. TONGUE (Words)

Key Question- The average life span is 25,550 days. What will you do with your days?

Lessons from a Hoarder (Luke 12:13-21)
13Someone out of the crowd said, "Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the family inheritance." 14He replied, "Mister, what makes you think it's any of my business to be a judge or mediator for you?" 15Speaking to the people, he went on, "Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot."
#1- Hoarders always need MORE.
16-19Then he told them this story: "The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: 'What can I do? My barn isn't big enough for this harvest.'
Lesson #2- Hoarders are SPENDERS.
Then he said, 'Here's what I'll do: I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones.
Lesson #3- Hoarders are SAVERS.
Then I'll gather in all my grain and goods, and I'll say to myself, Self, you've done well! You've got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!'
Lesson #4- Hoarders are FOOLS.
20"Just then God showed up and said, 'Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?' 21"That's what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God." Luke 12:13-21 (MSG)

The fool in this story wasn't being rebuked for his business savvy, it was the fact that he thought he was in charge. He didn't understand this important principle,
"
God’s the owner, I am the manager
." We don't really own anything in our lives, we're simply the stewards. The Bible reminds us in 

Psalm 24:1, that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.”

Key Question- What Are You Doing With Your Skittles?
The Bible teaches us that,
“A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.” Proverbs 11:28 (Msg)
We are most like God when we are generous. Proverbs 22:9 (KJV) says, "He who has a generous eye will be blessed, 
for he gives of his bread to the poor." When you are generous, you have an eye to see the needs of others. The skittles that God gives us aren't simply for us.
“For God so loved the world that He gave...” John 3:16 (NKJV) This verse reminds us that God is a giver. If you want to be like Jesus, you have to become a giver & it all begins with your life!

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:24-25 (NLT)

My Prayer For You Today
The person who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything. -Samuel Johnson
Whatever you do, “ ...please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us.” 2 Cor 6:1 (MSG)


Popular posts from this blog

Decade Of Destiny- Year 3, GREATER 2014

Freedom Life 2014 Vision Video from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo . Dream Bigger.  Start Smaller.  Ignite God's Vision For Your Life!  @StevenFurtick The theme for year 3 of Decade of Destiny is,  "GREATER,"  based on the best-selling book from Steven Furtick.  The Bible says in John 14:12,  "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father (NLT)."    2012 marked the beginning of a 10 year vision for our church called,  "Decade Of Destiny."   Since that time, God has been gracious to our church as we have witnessed hundreds of people make decisions to follow Jesus, dozens more baptized and powerful ministry occur in environments geared toward children, youth, young adults, married couples and people from all walks of life.  This past year was an exciting year of INCREASE for Freedom Life.  We expanded the reach of our church by adding a

HABITS 21-Day Challenge

Commit 21 Days to building new habits into your world to help you grow in your faith! Millions of Christians have grown older without ever growing up; they act as though spiritual growth is automatic. They may have a plan to save for retirement; they may have a plan for sending their kids to college; but they don't have a strategy for enriching their souls. Make the decision to invest into your life! Here's a simple plan for you to put into practice to help you GROW to a Whole NUTHA Level ! Remember, You don't choose your destiny. You choose your habits and habits define your destiny. Choose well and join us! H = Hanging Out With God Having an consistent time with God through prayer, bible reading, silence and solitude, memorizing scripture, etc. Matthew 4:4, says,  "But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”   Recommended Step:  Sign up of the Freedom Life 21 days of

My Back Story- Week 1- How To Break Your Confidence Crisis

My Back Story-  Part 1 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”   Hebrews 10:35 Confidence maintained in your mind, produces rich rewards in your life. @KevinGerald Key Thought-  Life Is Better When Confidence Is Bigger “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”   Hebrews 11:1-2 (NLT) Faith  is an action, based on a belief, supported by confidence  Confidence  is trust, certainty & boldness in a person or thing.  “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.  Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”  Psalm 27:1-3 (NIV) When You Are In A Confidence Crisis, You Will Feel: Inadequate  --  Inferior