Summary: In this sermon, we explore six principles that lead to financial freedom.
A. How many of you have enjoyed playing the game of MONOPOLY?
1. You know how the game works. Players accumulate property, build houses and hotels, and then wait for the other players to land on their property so they have to pay up.
2. Eventually you hope to bankrupt everyone else and have all the money and property for yourself. Truly, American Capitalism at its best!
3. But, regardless of who wins the game, when the game is finished, the board is folded up, all the game pieces are put away, and the lid goes on the box.
4. It has only been a game.
B. But consider this: in real life, owning a Rolls Royce, an extravagant house, and living a “more-is-better” life will yield no more joy for eternity than winning at MONOPOLY.
1. When your life is over, the game pieces are put away, and the lid is closed on your coffin.
2. It won’t really matter who owned the railroads or Boardwalk.
3. Earthly wealth doesn’t guarantee earthly happiness nor heavenly treasure.
C. The late Peter Marshall, a senate chaplain, wrote a prayer that would be good for us to pray with regularity: “Forbid it, Lord, that our roots become too firmly attached to this earth; that we should fall in love with things. Help us to understand that the pilgrimage of this life is but an introduction, a preface, a training school for what is to come. Then shall we see all of life in its true perspective. Then shall we not fall in love with things of time, but come to love the things that endure. Then shall we be saved from the tyranny of possessions which we have no leisure to enjoy, of property whose care becomes a burden. Give us, we pray, the courage to simplify our lives. Amen.”
D. Today we continue our series called Extreme Makeover – God Edition.
1. In this series we have been reaching for real life-change, believing that all things are possible with God’s help.
2. Today we want to talk about experiencing a debt makeover.
3. We want to talk about the materialistic and financial bondage that we can find ourselves in.
E. It doesn’t matter whether we earn a little or a lot, whether we spend everything or hoard it all.
1. When we find ourselves in financial bondage we are preoccupied with money.
2. We become anxious about meeting present obligations, and are driven to get more money and more of the things that money can buy.
3. Some of us here today may be doing very well in reference to these things.
a. Some of us are living within our income.
b. Some of us are being wise and faithful in the use of the money God has given us.
c. For some of us, our desires are in check and we are being generous.
d. If that is the case for you, then praise God and keep up the good work!
4. Others of us, on the other hand, may be in a very difference place.
a. Money is all we think about.
b. It is the thing that causes the greatest tension in our marriage.
c. We screen our calls to try to avoid the bill collectors.
d. Our credit cards are maxed out and we are barely making our minimum payments.