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Session 8
MONEY: Control Money Through Covetousness or Contentment

Illustration: A couple was discussion how to use money wisely. But the wife gets into buying new clothes whereas the husband gets into paying the old bills. The wife wants the new clothes and used the credit cards but the husband said, no.

The lack of money is often blamed for many arguments in marriage, but the love of money is usually the real culprit. When the discipline of contentment is learned, money problems can be brought under control.

-One reason for relationship split is because of the problem of money. Money divides, creates conflict, and hurts. Spouses play the game of tug of war. \u201cLet\u2019s spend it here, the other says no, let\u2019s use it here.\u201d

-Couples get into trouble by forcing themselves in prison.

-Family appears to be in good shape because of things in the house like cars, home appliances and others but actually preparing their own problem in the future.

Ogden Nash says, \u201cSome debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none
are fun when you set about retiring them.\u201d
Ku Hubbard (Cartoon) says, \u201cThe safest way to double your money is to fold it
over once, and put it back in your wallet.\u201d
I am not giving you tips how to handle money but I would like to discuss the basic
reason why we are in trouble financially.
Why do we have problem in money?
The key passage on money in the Bible is Hebrews 13:5
\u201cKeep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have,
because God has said, \u201cnever will I leave you; never will I forsake you.\u201d

Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. The passage is saying that your life should be without covetousness but with contentment.

Without covetousness
-Greek word has two meaning: (1) Loving money for particular reason which
talks aboutspending (2(Loving money by making money and save it.
Saving or storing.
-Spend is about pleasure. We spend money because it feels good to
have more and more.
-Store money is driven by security and fear of the future whereas
spending money is driven by pleasure.
-The point is: are you greedy in spending more or greedy in saving more
because fear?
With contentment
What are the results of a love of money taking root in one\u2019s life (1 Timothy
-The issue is the love of money refers to storing up or spending. Be careful
because if the love of money grows it leads to:
Stray from the faith. The picture is a person who is religious but strayed
away from faith.
Pierce oneself with sorrows. The love of money is used to pierce yourself
with sorrows (many sorrows).
Rather than finding your security from hoarding money or seeking pleasure
from spending money, how should a person respond?
1 Timothy 6:17, 19

17: \u201cCommand those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.\u201d

-Don\u2019t trust. . .money but God.
Trust God rather than money.Do you trust your bank or money rather
than God?
1 Timothy 6:17b-19:
Share what you have with others.
Verse 19: Store is banking. It speaks about security. Security is in God.
Store your riches in heaven.

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