Summary: To show that GOD does not want us to labor hard to earn money, but to labor hard for His Presence.
Are you a hard worker to earn more money? STOP. Must be a hard worker in the ministry not in work to earn money for GOD gives money to us as a gift. It's a blessing.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD does not want us to labor hard to earn money, but to labor hard for His Presence.
Psalms 37:4 (Amplified Bible)
37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
Genesis 31:42 (Amplified Bible)
31:42 And if the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Dread [lest he should fall] and Fear [lest he offend] of Isaac, had not been with me, surely you would have sent me away now empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and humiliation and the [wearying] labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for through Your Grace and Presence in our lives, You have already given us everything in this life that we need and more, and You want us to focus our mind and remember You only You.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (Amplified Bible)
8:9 For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied).
2 Corinthians 9:8 (Amplified Bible)
9:8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
We are empty handed without GOD
A. Author: Moses (commonly accepted)
B. Date written: 1450 - 1410 B.C.
C. Purpose: The book of Origins
D. To whom written: People of Israel
E. Main theme: Man's sin and the initial steps taken for his redemption by a divine covenant made with a chosen race whose early history is here portrayed.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Keyword: Beginning
G. Key verse: First Messianic Promise,—Genesis 3:15.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
Genesis 3:15 (Amplified Bible)
3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD will not allow us to be empty-handed
"And if the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Dread [lest he should fall] and Fear [lest he offend] of Isaac, had not been with me, surely you would have sent me away now empty-handed."
Dread of Isaac - lest he fall
Fear of Isaac - lest he offend
Two of the worst sins a believer can commit:
1. falling away - backsliding
Hebrews 3:12 (Amplified Bible)
3:12 [Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 (Amplified Bible)
2:3 Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),
1 Timothy 4:1 (Amplified Bible)
4:1 BUT THE [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach,
2. being offended - Example: Pharisees and the scribes get offended, a Pharisee/scribe represents self-righteousness by law, hypocrite.
Proverbs 18:19 (Amplified Bible)
18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their] contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.
Matthew 15:12 (Amplified Bible)
15:12 Then the disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were displeased and offended and indignant when they heard this saying?
Matthew 15:6-8 (Amplified Bible)
15:6 So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].
15:7 You pretenders (hypocrites)! Admirably and truly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said: