IT’S IN MY INTEREST
TEXT: Luke 24: 46, Heb. 2:17
In these last days the enemy is still on an all out rampage to try to get as many people as he can back into his kingdom. We must understand that there are two kingdoms, there is the Kingdom of God, and there is the Kingdom of Satan. Jesus is soon to come, as whatever Satan can do to snatch the saints of God back he will do. The tactic that the enemy is using this time around is the state of the economy. If he can get you to look at your financial picture then he can get you, if he can get you to look at how much money you have at the end of the month as compared to your bills then he’s got you. If he can get married couples to fuss and fight about money, then he’s got you, if he can get children to complain about the type of gift they got for Christmas, then he’s got you. We must launch a counter attack on the enemy, and we must use the same tactics that he uses, in this time and season we are in he’s using the economic situation that the world is in.
In the world of banking and investing, there are many things to consider and look at. When we invest money, we invest in something that is going to bring us the best return we can get for the least amount of money. Some people invest in stocks. Some people invest in savings bonds; others invest in mutual funds, CDs, and IRAs and so forth all in an effort to make sure they have a comfortable living cushion upon retiring, and some even before they retire.
There are some very important words in the world of financing that we must look at.
1. Liability: The word Liability according to Webster’s means: something that holds one back. We must understand that in these last days the enemy wants to make liabilities out of the people of God. He’s making liabilities out of marriages, he’s making liabilities out of our commitment to God, he’s making liabilities out of our faithfulness, and our faith. He wants to hold us back, he wants to stop us, he wants to make us quit. The reason why some of us don’t have the things God promised to us is because we have some people in our lives that are liabilities to us and they are holding us back. God will not invest in you if you are a liability to the plan. We must understand that God wants to move us from being a liability to being an asset.
We must understand that as we continue our Christian walk, we must come to the realization that we are in a spiritual battle we are engaged in Spiritual Warfare. There are two kingdoms. There is the Kingdom of God, and there is the Kingdom of Satan. The Kingdom of God consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, spiritual beings called angels, and all men who live in righteous obedience to God’s Word. In living this life for God there are benefits that we have access to. God said if we are in obedience to His word we will be blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed when we come and when we go, you know the rest, if not look at Deuteronomy chapter number 28.
The Kingdom of Satan on the other hand consists of Satan, spiritual beings called demons, and all men who live in sin, and rebellion to God’s Word. These plus the world, and the flesh are the spiritual forces of evil at work in the world today.
They are the forces that make you sow discord among your brothers. They are the forces that make you run out on your wife, they are the forces that stop you from reading your Word, they are the forces that stop you from praying, they are the forces that make you hold on to your money when you know you have an obligation to the Lord, and They are the forces that make you say things you know that God is not pleased with. He is looking for liabilities to join; him he is looking to hold you back hold you back from your blessings, hold you back from your money, hold you back from your healing, hold you back from your ministry, hold you back from your marriage, hold you back from your destiny.
Another aspect of investing is the word Asset: An asset is defined as a useful or valuable quality or thing. It is what you have it is what you are worth God sees you as an asset, and an asset is something that in the end will be most important to you. You must understand that the devil knows you are valuable to God and that is why he wants to make a withdrawal from the Kingdom of God. As long as your money, your CD’s your IRA’s your Stocks and bond stay in the financial institution that they are in you accrue what is called interest. When you put your money in the bank, you look for a bank or other financial institution that is going to give you the best return on your investment, in other words you want an institution that is going to give you the highest interest rate possible in terms of putting money in that institution.
We must understand that God is the best investor there is. We must also understand that He invested in us, and He invested in us because He knows we are not a risk. Now there are risks that come with investing, and that is what the enemy is trying to do to us he is trying to make us a risk, but the last time I checked the Word I found out that we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
You might be saying why is this man coming in here talking to us about investing? I’m trying to get you to see today that it’s in your interest. How is it in my interest you say?
The enemy knows that his time is short; he knows that the Lord Jesus Christ is soon to come, and he has launched an all out attack on the body of Christ to try to get them to turn away from serving God. But it’s in your interest. How?
1. God said there are blessing in it for you Gen 22: 17 says in blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens. Deut 28: 2 and all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.
Tell somebody it’s in my interest. The enemy wants to destroy you but God desires to bless you, he desires to heal you, He desires to prosper you. There are folk all in the church that are going through all kinds of tests and trials and there are those who are wondering what have I done wrong? We must understand that God’s will is going to be done, and we are not exempt from tests and trials just because we call on the name of the Lord.
2. God says He will take sickness away from you. Exe 23:25. You do not have to be sick, you do not have to suffer, you do not have to let the enemy get the best of you in the area of your health, God in fact in His Word states that you are already healed but the enemy wants to make you a liability. God says I have assets for you.
He promises us blessings, He promises us divine healing, He promises us divine favor, now a days it’s not about favor in the church they are about money they are not looking for God to shower them with divine favor they are looking at the numbers and have turned away from the true Word of God.
We must understand that if we do not live according to the Word of the Lord there are liabilities that will occur. There will be a loss because of sinful living; there is no profit in sinful living well what is sinful living? Sinful living is anything that you know God is not pleased with, lying stealing, cheating, ugly attitudes. These things will cause us to lose out with God, but tell somebody it’s in my interest.
In these last days the economy is going crazy, people are losing jobs left and right, people are losing faith, and losing hope they’re running to the bank to withdraw money, at the same time we have financial experts out there saying in saying don’t pull out now wait just a little longer it will get better. That’s how the world is saying it, but I say it like this “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” in other words don’t throw in the towel, but be ye steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord. You must understand that it’s in your interest, it’s in your interest to obey God, it’s in your interest to love your wife, it’s in your interest to love your husband, it’s in your interest to pay tithes, it’s in your interest to be faithful, it’s in your interest to hang in there.
When you pull your money out early you have to pay a penalty, you have to pay a 20% on top of an additional 10% penalty. Some of us are not getting all that we asked God for because we opted for early withdrawal we’re paying a penalty, we stopped fasting, we stopped coming to church, we stopped loving our neighbors as ourselves, but the Word of God declares “What shall separate me from the love of God?” It’s in my interest to stand flat footed and declare that I am victorious, it’s in my interest to keep coming to class, it’s in my interest to stay faithful, it’s in my interest to remain committed to the cause of Christ.
There are times when you fall into what are called hardships. In the world of investment banking you are allowed to get what they call a hardship loan, In other words you must meet certain requirements in order to get the loan.
It’s the same way with God. Sometimes we get into situations that are beyond our control. Things happen to us that we didn’t expect t happen, when that, happens the bank or your job will step in at your request and grant you a hardship loan. What am I saying to you today? God will step in and give you a hardship loan The Bible says call on me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver thee. God will come to your rescue and the good thing about it is you don’t have to pay a penalty, and you don’t have to pay it back. Tell somebody it’s in my interest.
God is going to deliver some babies in the 2009, but it’s in your interest to be ye steadfast, He’s going to give you some assets, in 09 but it’s got to be in your interest. He’s going to elevate somebody in 09, in fact He’s going to move some of you above the snake line. What is the snake line?
But Romans 8: 35 asks this question “What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall
Tribulations: You are going to be tried.
Sword It’s in my interest and I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come nor height, nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate me from the love of Christ, why because it’s in my interest.
The last thing I want to let you know is that when you invest and invest right you will receive dividends in the financial world. It’s the same way with God; God has many dividends to give to his people, but it’s got to be in you r interest.