Pastor Ford will explain today one way in which the children of darkness are more wise with their money than the children of light are, because they plan for the future. He’ll help us understand that it’s not the amount of money that you make, but rather your attitude towards it that makes the difference.
As we continue this study from Luke 16, about how to manage money wisely, Pastor Ford will explain the difference between needs, wants, and desires. If we can learn the difference between those, then we’ll be on our way to learning to maximize our money.
As we begin to look at the story of the dishonest steward in Luke 16, Pastor Ford will explain how the children of darkness can sometimes be wiser than the children of light when it comes to handling their money.
When we encounter criticism, we can use it to help evaluate whether our focus is on God or whether it’s on ourselves. If God called us to accomplish something, but we get offended when we encounter criticism about the task at hand, then we should ask ourselves—why are we offended that somebody is criticizing what God has told us to do?
Scripture says that where your treasure is, there your heart is also. And it’s true. Pastor Ford will tell us today, “Show me where you spend your time, your talent, your treasure and your talk, and I’ll tell you who and what is your focus.” And then he’ll ask—“If someone were to look at your checkbook, would they be able to tell that you’re a Christian and that you love Jesus?”
As we begin a series of messages that Pastor Ford hopes will help us get our money right, he has a sobering reminder for those who follow Jesus. As His followers, our main priority ought to be focused only on Him, not on money. The Bible states clearly that we cannot serve the Master and money. We have to have Jesus in a priority position in our lives. The Master has to be first.
As we look further at the account of the relationship between Isaac and Rebekah in the book of Genesis, Pastor Ford will show us that the story of how God brought them together in the Old Testament is a beautiful picture of the salvation that was to come in the New Testament.
As we continue to look at the criteria we need to consider when dating someone, Pastor Ford will remind us that God always wants us to be equally yoked in marriage. So one of the first things to consider about a person who is potentially a mate is whether or not they are a believer. God does not want us to practice missionary dating—when we date someone with the intention of helping them become a believer.
We need a list of criteria for dating and mating. We have to be more concerned about a person’s character than we are about their clothes. But while we’re worried about what they’re wearing, we ought to be worried about what’s wearing them. Beause, as Pastor Ford will point out today, they could have expensive clothes and a raggedy character.
As we begin a new study in Nehemiah, we’ll learn that we should expect to encounter critics and haters along the way. Pastor Ford will explain that any time there is an opportunity, there will always be opposition. Whenever we step out in faith, we better believe something will come along to make us fear. We need to understand that victory will always be followed by a valley.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.
Treasured Truth is a 24-minute radio program, airing daily. Each day, James Ford, Jr., Pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, presents clear, powerful Bible teaching-adding godly wisdom and guidance to listeners' daily walks with Christ. Pastor Ford uses his breadth of experience to bring Christ-centered, expository preaching that is relevant to an audience of all races and cultures.