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Summary: Learn about God’s desire to provide and prosper you in this message about your heavenly checking account.

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The Bank of GOD

How to Use Your Heavenly Checking Account

10/01/03

I. Introduction

A guy driving a Mini Cooper pulls up at a stoplight next to a Rolls-Royce. The driver of the Mini rolls down his window and shouts to the driver of the Rolls, "Hey, buddy, that’s a nice car. You got phone in your Rolls? I’ve got one in my Mini!"

The driver of the Rolls looks over and says simply, "Yes, I have a phone."

The driver of the Mini says, "Cool! Hey, you got a fridge in there too? I’ve got a fridge in the back seat of my Mini!"

The driver of the Rolls, looking annoyed, says, "Yes, I have a refrigerator."

The driver of the Mini says, "That’s great, man! Hey, you got a TV in there, too? You know, I got a TV in the back seat of my Mini!"

The driver of the Rolls, looking very annoyed by now, says, "Of course I have a television. A Rolls-Royce is the finest luxury car in the world!"

The driver of the Mini says, "Very cool car! Hey, you got a bed in there, too? I got a bed in the back of my Mini!"

Upset that he did not have a bed, the driver of the Rolls-Royce sped away, and went straight to the dealer, where he promptly ordered that a bed be installed in the back of the Rolls. The next morning, the driver of the Rolls picked up the car. The bed looked superb, complete with silk sheets and brass trim. It was clearly a bed fit for a Rolls Royce.

So the driver of the Rolls begins searching for the Mini, and he drove all day. Finally, late at night, he finds the Mini parked, with all the windows fogged up from the inside. The driver of the Rolls got out and knocked on the Mini. When there wasn’t any answer, he knocked and knocked, and eventually the owner stuck his head out, soaking wet.

"I now have a bed in the back of my Rolls-Royce," the driver of the Rolls stated arrogantly.

The driver of the Mini looked at him and said, "You got me out of the shower for THAT?!"

You know, people love to show off their STUFF. And how do they get that stuff? With money! You have to have money to buy stuff. But there’s more to life than just having stuff. Now, I like stuff, antique stuff, new stuff, technological stuff, entertaining stuff, comfortable stuff, stuff you wear, stuff you eat, stuff you want, and stuff you need. But some people can’t get enough stuff. How many of ya’ll like stuff? How many of ya’ll like money? How many of ya’ll want more stuff and more money? YEAH, me too!

But there’s more you can do with money than just buy stuff. So, tonight we’re talking about The Bank of GOD: How to Use Your Heavenly Checking Account. We’re gonna find out how to get money, and what to do with it when you get it.

II. Open Your Account

In order to have access to any type of bank account, you must first open the account.

To open your heavenly account, you must begin by tithing.

Tithing is the first step to prosperity.

Leviticus 27:30 - The tithe is the Lord’s and is holy unto Him.

Tithe: one-tenth

The tithe belongs to God and has been set apart and designated for His use. Because the tithe belongs to God, you aren’t really giving anything when you tithe. You are returning to Him what belongs to Him.

Ok, so the first step is to immediately recognize that you’re going to tithe on whatever comes into your hands. That opens the account.

Malachi 3:10 “10Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this," Says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.”

When you tithe and give offerings, you cut off your dependence on this world’s economic system for your financial well-being, and God becomes your source.

III. Make A Deposit

After you open the account, you have to realize that God wants you to increase, it’s His desire, His will, His plan for you to increase.

3 John 2 2Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Above all things, God desires for His people to prosper.

Prosper: to flourish, thrive, grow in a vigorous way. To do better. To help on the road. To succeed at reaching something desirable.

Based on John 10:10, Jesus came to give us the life of abundance.

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