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Summary: Addresses inheritances, which are ment to bless descendents, but often end up tearing families apart

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GOD ‘S WAY FOR HIS CHILDREN IS PROSPERITY. HE WANTS US TO HAVE AND HAVE IN ABUNDANCE. SO THAT WE CAN NOT ONLY PROVIDE FOR OUR NEEDS BUT HELP PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO WILL COME AFTER US ( children and grand children).

BUT...

EVERY DAY, PARENTS AND GRANDS DIE AND THEIR CHILDREN FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF BEING HEIRS TO PROPERTY (HOUSES AND FARMS AND VEHICLES ) .BUT THE HASSEL THAT THEY GO THROUGH IN ORDER TO CLAIM THE PROPERTY OR MONEY IS NOT ONLY , UNNECESSARY AND STRESSFUL BUT, MANY TIMES’ ENDS UP TEARING THE FAMILIES APART - RATHER THAN BLESSING THEM, AS GOD INTENDED. LISTEN TO THIS EXAMPLE OF WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

JOHN DOE IS A WIDOWER. DURING THEIR LIFE TIME TOGETHER, HE AND HIS WIFE HAD THREE CHILDREN... WHO ARE NOW ALL GROWN AND LIVE IN DIFFERENT STATES. JOHN DOE DIED. WHEN THE CHILDREN HAD DONE DEALING WITH THEIR GRIEF, THEY TURNED TO LOOK AT WHAT THEIR INHERITANCE WAS. AS AN INHERITANCE, HIS CHILDREN WERE LEFT THE HOUSE (home house) AND A FAIRLY LARGE BANK ACCOUNT. AT THIS POINT THEIR PROBLEMS BEGAN. AS FOR THE HOUSE THEY HAD INHERITED, IT WAS IN ALL OF THEIR NAMES. JOHN DOE HAD , LIKE SO MANY , SAID THAT HE WANTED TO KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY. ONE OF THE CHILDREN THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA. THE OTHER TWO SAID THAT THEY HAD NO INTENTIONS OF EVER COMING BACK THERE TO LIVE NOR DID THEY WANT THE HASSEL OF RENTING IT OUT. SO, THEY WANTED TO SELL THE HOUSE AND TAKE THEIR PORTION OF THE MONEY. NEITHER WAS WILLING TO GIVE IN SO THE HOUSE SAT AND CAME TO NOTHING WHILE THEY PAID TAXES ON IT.

AS FOR THE BANK ACCOUNT, JOHN DOE HAD BEEN A PROUD AND SECRETIVE MAN. HE DIDN’T WANT ANYONE IN HIS BUSINESS. SO NONE OF THE CHILDREN WERE AWARE OF HIS FINANCIAL STATUS. NONE OF THEIR NAMES WERE ON THE ACCOUNT. THEREFORE, THE CHILDREN HAD TO GO THROUGH SOME LEGAL DRAMA IN ORDER TO GET ACCESS TO THE BANK ACCOUNT AFTER JOHN DIED. OF COURSE THIS COST THEM (LEGAL FEES). AND SO, HOW SILLY IS IT THAT THEY HAD , TO SPEND MONEY IN ORDER TO GET MONEY THAT RIGHTFULLY ALREADY BELONGED TO THEM.

SO, WHAT AM I SAYING? WHAT IS MY POINT? THE POINT IS THAT , ACCORDING TO THE WORD, A MAN IS TO PROSPER AND CONDUCT HIMSELF IN SUCH A MANNER THAT HE IS ABLE TO LEAVE AN INHERITANCE FOR HIS GRAND CHILDREN. (PROVERBS 13:22). IF HE DOES THAT, THEN OBVIOUSLY THERE IS SOME WEALTH THAT WILL PASS THROUGH THE HANDS OF HIS CHILDREN ALSO.

MOST PEOPLE DO WORK HARD DURING THEIR LIVES AND DO ACCUMULATE SOMETHING (HOUSE, SOME LAND, SOME MONEY, SOME STOCKS SOME BONDS) ... SOMETHING OF VALUE THAT THEY LEAVE TO THEIR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN FOR ’THEIR’ ENJOYMENT AND HELP. ON THE OTHER HAND, MOST OF THESE SAME PEOPLE NEVER TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN AND ACTUALLY PLAN OUT HOW THEY WILL LEAVE THE WEALTH, THEY’VE ACCUMULATED, IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT WILL BENEFIT THEIR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN AND YET NOT CAUSE THEM TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH A LOT OF PROBLEMS TO GET A HOLD OF IT.

AT THIS POINT SOME ONE IS PROBABLY SAYING, “WELL BROTHER, I BELIEVE YOU’VE STRAYED AWAY FROM THE WORD AND GONE TO MEDDLING IN PEOPLES BUSINESS”. I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP. LET’S GO TO THE WORD AND FOLLOW THIS WHOLE CONCEPT OF BEING BLESSED AND BEING A BLESSING TO YOUR FAMILY.

AS WE LOOK AT JOHN 10:10 WE FIND JESUS SPEAKING . HE EXPLAINS THAT IN CONTRAST TO WHAT THE THIEF COMES TO DO... THAT HE ,JESUS, HAS COME THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY HAVE LIFE, BUT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY. IF YOU READ AND INTERPRET THIS IN IT’S FULLNESS, MONEY AND WEALTH HAVE GOT TO BE A PART OF WHAT WE ARE TO HAVE IN MORE ABUNDANCE HERE BECAUSE, MONEY AND WEALTH ARE A NECCESSARY PART OF OUR LIVES.

NEXT , LET ME PAUSE AND SHARE A FEW THINGS, THAT THE WORD SAYS WE SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH MONEY (PERSONALLY ) TO DO.

1. PROPERLY PROVIDE FOR OUR HOUSEHOLDS (GOOD LIFESTYLE, EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN ETC.) I TIM 5:8

2. ENOUGH TO HAVE NOT JUST A SAVINGS ACCOUNT BUT, A GOOD ONE. DEUT. 28:5 “BLESSED SHALL BE THY BASKET AND STORE.

3. BE ABLE TO FUND OR PROVIDE A PROPER RETIREMENT FOR OURSELVES AND OUR SPOUSE . PROV 6:6 “GO TO THE ANT THOU SLUGGARD; CONSIDER HER WAYS, AND BE WISE.”

4. ENOUGH TO PAY OUR TAXES . MATTHEW 22:21 RENDER THEREFORE UNTO CAESER THE THINGS WHICH ARE CAESAR’S AND UNTO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S.

5. ENOUGH TO GIVE TO THE POOR PROV 21:13 “WHOSO STOPPETH HIS EARS AT THE CRY OF THE POOR, HE ALSO SHALL CRY HIMSELF, BUT SHALL NOT BE HEARD.

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