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Summary: Our hope for the future should be in Christ, not the power of the material.

I Feel Like A Million Bucks

Psalm 30

Issues of today’s economy–consumer confidence index

-the value of the future is determined by the dollar of today.

I. Confidence Misplaced (vss 6-7a)

A. For The Psalmist

The psalmist had a high view of the future

"Look at how rich I am!"

-3 car garage

-an SUV and a Lexus

-outer suburban neighborhood

-good school district

-graduate education

-secure employment- senior executive with 15 years at the same company

-quality retirement plan

-exemplary portfolio -stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CD’s.

-excellent health

"God You’ve blessed me!" "I’m fixed for life!" "Nothing can happen to me!"

The psalmist is confident in his wealth, in his materialism

B. For Us

Securing -a future

-an education

-a retirement

II. Collapse Of The Bubble (vs7b)

Those who lost their jobs in the technology sector

-examples at Dell IT (Time Magazine, April 16, 2001, "What Jesus Saw:

Jerusalem Then And Now": "Inside A Layoff".)

-when terminal illness hits, Alzheimer’s–money is spent for health

"I was on top of the world and nothing could knock me off"

-blind sided

-Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:16-26)

vs 9 "What profit is there in my death,

if I go down to the Pit?

Will the dust praise You?

Will it tell of Your faithfulness?"

III. Confidence In Christ (vss 1-5, 11-12)

How can a person who has lost it all praise God?

Philippians 3:7-8 "But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord."

He realized what was of true value.

-He was on top of the world, He had it all

-but he had the bottom pulled out, and when he could no longer trust

what he once placed his confidence in he realized what

truly lasts forever.

"Heaven & Earth may pass away, but the word of our God stands forever!"

IV. Vision Cast For The District (Phillipians 3:8-11)

HOLINESS!

Our confidence must not be in buildings, or programs.

I can no more buy my way into heaven with works of righteousness than I can with money.

Let us not hold confidence in that which passes away.

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