Ps Eugene Seow – The Blessing Of Financial Freedom

Ps Eugene Seow – The Blessing Of Financial Freedom



this morning it is our honor and privilege to have pasta Eugene Seau preaching and ministering the Word of God to us Massa Eugene is no longer a stranger to our church it was he was here with us last year speaking and ministering about the blessing of family but for those who are new to pastor Eugene he is the CEO of cash international and the deputies in a pastor on faith community Baptist Church he has spent the past two decades of his life building up touched community centers all over Singapore blessing and impacting many many lives in Singapore and beyond hope Singapore this morning please join me to warmly welcome pastor Eugene [Applause] hi good morning so good to see all of you here today can you do something for me I like to go and wish each and every one of you a very good morning but I can't get down to where you are can you turn to your neighbor give them a big smile and say good morning so thank you again for inviting me and I come here a privilege to be part of Hope Church and every year when I come it is a homecoming ok just a home visit again to come and visit with you so and I appreciate this opportunity so if you have your Bibles with you I like to invite you now to turn to our scripture text because today I've been asked to speak about the blessing of financial freedom ok the blessing of financial freedom right and turn to your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6 verse 25 to 34 let's read it together just to frame a context of what I'm gonna share about in this message today okay ninety-six 25 to 34 therefore I tell you do not worry about your life what you will eat or drink or about your body what you were wear it's not life more than food and the body more than clothes look at the birds of the air they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them are you not much more valuable than they can can any one of you by worrying at a single hour to your life and why do you worry about clothes see how the flowers of the few grow they do not labor or spin yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these if that is how God clothes the grass of the field which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire will he not much more clothe you you of little faith so do not worry saying what shall we eat or what shall we drink or what shall we wear for the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself each day has enough trouble of his own then I want you to go to another passage it first have at each of the six verse 6 to verse 10 first of all each of the six verse six to verse 10 but godliness with contentment is great gain for we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of it but if we have food and clothing we will be content with that those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil some people eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs let us pray father we thank you again for your wonderful word and Living Word to us we know that Lord it is life and it will bring life even to many here today Lord even as we come for this service whether we are here or in the Northeast Center Lord we know that you have ordained Li you deeply ordained each one of us to be here today your Holy Spirit has got a word for each and every one of us Lord in our unique point of these may you beat us in our own unique way so father we commit this time to you and I pray that the words from my mouth and the meditations of my heart will be acceptable before you in Jesus name Amen amen amen today we're gonna talk about money and some people said show me the money right now let me share with you some interesting posters that I've just come across all right that talks about money and I'm sure you know many of you can identify with them okay the first one says this money talks but all mine ever says is goodbye Oh another one that says money means nothing to me if you don't believe me ask me for money and you get nothing the next one a successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spare a successful woman is one who can find such a man every husband said you say okay now this is good good one okay this is for your young we are working it out so gay marketplace people do you want to make money from facebook it is easy just go to your account setting deactivate your account and go to work right I think we are spending far too much time on Facebook right now this one isn't one money is not the most important thing in the world love is fortunately I love money and then this one I like I like very much my wallet is like an onion opening it makes me cry okay only okay identify with that right and then the last one it says they say that love is more important than money but have you ever tried to pay your bills with a hug well maybe some of us did and how about this some of you in my generation would remember Abba says money money money must be funny in a rich man's world money money money Always Sunny in a rich man's then together we say all the things I could do if I had a little money in a rich man's well you know I won't attempt to sing the whole song but many of you know that we can't truly I then if I give Robin many of us can resonate with that right especially the last one that says all the things I could do if I had a little money in enrichments well and so you know a few years back in FC BC we did a very interesting campaign we call it the 100k campaign where in one month we activated and mobilized the whole church we say we're gonna pray for a hundred thousand people out there in the streets okay whereas with our friends or anybody there so people will pray with people in the text people in the restaurants in the shopping centers we went out to everybody and how we did it was that we went to them with a little cart and then that cut that's a whole list of twelve blessings and we asked them you know which blessing do you want and then every one of them when they look at it you know take okay maybe for help maybe for for sicknesses or relationships and things like that but you know one of the top five blessings that were picked was this blessing for financial freedom and I'm sure you're not surprised by that right because you see our daily and daily concerns in life is truly is that many of us do faced with financial issues and many of us seek a blessing of financial freedom especially even moreso in affluent Singapore or should I say crazy rich Asians Singapore okay right when money is truly one of those issues and financial freedom is something that we all sought after but when we are someone who says that he wants to be blessed with financial freedom what do you think is this person really asking for what if this comes to you I say I want to be blessed with financially what do you think they are asking for what do you think is the real life issue that they are really concerned about or are they struggling with I can think of a few things firstly of course they need money in their lives or some who say they need more money okay all right or someone say well maybe some of them are in debt or some of them are in serious crisis in need of money urgently or some of them maybe are asking for this because they see something on the under on a shop friend and they wanted to get it but they couldn't get it or just someone wanting to get even more that's all or maybe just very fearful of the future or as Jack neo says money know enough how often I believe it is not just money know enough but it is the fear of money know enough if I if you have been reading the newspapers over the last few weeks or last two weeks I've been listening – the radio – I mean hearing about things like Singapore is going into a technical recession and I believe this money issues are going to come on us again I believe financial freedom is something that many will be asking for and I believe that whenever we talk about money it is not just about financial poverty that we are dealing with I believe it is dealing with the fear of poverty and that is something that grips us you know so the big question for us today is not just about more money or a little bit more money I believe it is about how we can live better tomorrow I believe that when a person asked for financial freedom sometimes it is not just a fact that they want to find ability and a capacity to buy or spend and when they like but I believe it is also about they are concerned about their purchasing power their financial stability and most of all I believe they are security but you know the word of god has got something very simple to say about this in fact the word of God and lets us to some of the pitfalls of this problem and that's why we read in our text in 1st Timothy chapter 6 verse 9 – verse 10 this is what it says but people who long to be rich fall into temptation who long to be rich and are trapped by many foolish things and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil and some people craving money have wandered from the truth faith from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows therefore therefore it is important to note this that having more money will not make you happier agree because increased justice 5 verse 10 through 11 says those who love money will never have enough how absurd the thing that wealth brings true happiness the more you have the more people will come and help you spend it is an interesting right that's why Cleese has these five cents okay that's the New Living Translation again anyway right having more money also does not make you more important okay look at Luke 12 verse 15 says well don't always be wishing for what you don't have for real life and and real living and not related to how rich you are and then finally not having more money does not make you not only not most more happy more important but not even more secure why proverbs 3:5 says this your money can be gone in a flash but it has grown as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle just like they are money that says goodbye okay right so we must not be confused or deceived by this okay Who I am is not what I own think of it okay don't be deceived by this Who I am is not what I own my self-worth is not my net worth okay my self-worth is not my net worth and our value is not our valuables okay and therefore money is not evil it is the love of money that is the root of all evil so what am I getting to this morning I just want to spend some time asking this question what is at the root of the love of money what is that the root of this love for money because many of us know when he's just a little worthless piece of paper right to put in the words of Jesus that is found in Matthew chapter 6 I believe the root of the love of money the root of the love of money the problem is the fact that we worry about tomorrow that's why Jesus put it so clearly it is in this is this course on the Sermon on the Mount now one of the biggest issues that you and I face each day is really about affect and that's why in Matthew chapter 6 verse 34 he concludes with this therefore do not about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself each day has enough troubles of his own this relative to me is the root issue of what you and I as human beings here on a struggle with every day we worry about tomorrow and I believe out of that worry comes the root of this love for money it's because we do not find ourselves secure or having an answer to how do we do with the tomorrow that we do not know about so what was Jesus's answer to this question how do we not worry about tomorrow right in Meadow 633 I believe is the key this is the key of today's worth today's message this is the key that I believe will unlock us into the blessing of financial freedom Matthew 6:33 says this but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and what and all these things will be given to you residence sisters today I want to just suggest to you that the main truth that goes to deposit in our hearts today as we think about the blessing of financial freedom as we consider the problems of our financial insecurity in our lives or the challenges that you and I face is this that we were sick versus Kingdom and all these things will be added unto us that to me is the key to financial freedom that two key is where we find a key that will unlock the blessings so the big question that I want to ask us to answer today as we explore this truth is how can we live day by day seeking first his kingdom how can we live that live day by day in the blessing of financial freedom in that sense how can you and I do that seeking his kingdom first so from the Word of God today I want to suggest to you I call the three C's of God's find the keys to financial freedom not the five seas of Singapore okay cash card car condo exotica okay right I was told these are no longer applicable okay anyway right but let me show you what I call the three C's of what I believe will be the key that will help us live in financial freedom in the blessing of financial freedom and being able to seek God and seek his kingdom first number one the sea of commitment check your source trust God commitment check your sauce trust God the second see is a sea of contentment okay check your spirit be grateful be grateful and finally the last see the sea of compassion check your spending right so generously commitment contentment compassion check your sauce check your spirit check your spending trust God be grateful so generously so let's start with the first niversity of financial freedom the first see that will help us seek his finger kingdom first on a daily basis is number one our commitment check your source trust God okay and someone he said let's be let's put first things first okay let's meet you on the major let's prioritize our priorities let's let first really mean first so what did Jesus say seek first his kingdom Russ and sisters to me the Bible sometimes is as clear and plain as that seek first means first okay right okay right and so you find in Matthew 6:25 where in this whole passage of Jesus talking about not worrying about tomorrow you will notice this he says therefore I tell you do not worry about your life what you will eat or drink or about your body what you will wear is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes now I want you to notice a very simple powerful word in bible scripture every time and that is the word therefore okay when when the Bible says therefore what does it mean it means that for the reasons or the causes or things that are before that right okay so I want to draw your attention to not just menu chapter six verse 25 I want you to see Matthew 6 verse 24 the word that was just before that this is what it says no one can serve two masters either he will hate the one and love the other or he will devote the one and despise the other you cannot serve both God and money isn't it interesting if you read your Bible true to that passage to that point where Jesus had this whole discourse about the worrying about tomorrow the key word that got him going that brought about that sharing the bar where that truth was this fact he says no one can serve two masters and the interesting thing is that he didn't say master one God and something else he went straight for the point God and money so as I said it is as clear as it can be okay right you will realize that really our money problem is not a money problem at all but a master problem who is your master and our financial problem is not really a financing problem after all but a faithful problem where you put your faith let me just say that again how many problems is not money problem it is a master problem who is your master our financing problem is not a financial issue it is a faith problem where do you put your faith there's this posture that says this particular census of all the masters the soul can choose there is at last only to God and money all choices however small however the alternatives may be these guys but very of this choice I say it's so true isn't it this is such a powerful coat at the end of the day everything in this world if you come down to making a choice between one or the other it is all comes down to just these two choices God how many if you don't believe me I spent a wife and you go home today where you think about your whole thing about the things that you have to do you ask yourself is it about God anybody fathers parents when you go back home deal with your children deal with the things that you have to do ask yourself is it about God and money CEOs businessman when you go back to your work go back to your workplace make critical decisions about HR and everything else finally it is always about God or money ask yourself test yourself and I tell you you will know that this is true because you see what worries me must be right pastor Cesar Castillo was one about spiritual Giants that we are known he says this the one you fear is the one you worship isn't it true every time we feel that sense of fear or concern ask yourself where that fear come from it is because it comes from who you worship so when the Bible says you cannot serve God and money to be cannot means cannot so what's one interesting note that you and I must my stick not off you see when you and I start using God today choosing God to be our master and make our commitment to him as our master let me tell you what the Bible says the Bible says what he not only knows you but he knows what you need that's why in Matthew chapter 6 verse 32 senses for the pagans run after these things there is they run after their ones and your heavenly Father knows what you need and I think that's important for us to do that's important for us to know that when ever we turn to God when we commit ourselves to God actually God knows your real need therefore it is actually okay know to ask God for financial freedom it's okay to ask God for financial blessings right in 2006 7 & 8 it says this and when you pray do not keep babbling like pagans for they think they will be heard because of their many words do not be like them for your father knows what you need before you answer them God knows what we need I'm sure many of you would enter to be a pastor if God knows what I need then I might say I said oh hey you've got no idea I wouldn't struggle when I was young also with this question but truly years of walking with the Lord I begin to understand this and this another the point is this why do we need to ask God I believe it is because when we ask we activate faith if you don't ask you don't activate faith in your life that's why in Matthew 7:7 11 senses us and you'll be given to you seek and you will find knock in the door be opened to you for everyone who asks receives he who seeks finds and to him who knocks the door will be open which of you if his son I saw for bread will give him a stone or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake if you then though you are evil know how good gifts to give to your children how much more your heavenly father will give good gifts to those who are softened resin sisters it is important for us to ask of the Lord because you see when you ask of the Lord what you're doing is this you are activating faith in your heart and says God I know it is you that can provide for me that's why that's a that's a I've been looking at this verse a few times these last few weeks I said why did God just say just say ask he says see he said no I believed seeking means there's a deliberate effort on our part to really go find it right and then knocking it's a it's a characteristics of persistence and perseverance right so no need you ask you can't find it you take action on it and you intentionally knock on door door until he answers you what does that do that activates faith in our lives I wanna show you a story that I've I've I've come across a few years ago and but but so far it's such an astounding story that I I know you will be inspired by it too many of you I'm not sure whether you're familiar with Sri Lanka it's a very special spiritual giant or spiritual pastor there that really is like the elder of the Assemblies of God movement down there and his name is pastor Colton okay last year he passed away he passed away and I was there at his funeral no but that's the Kota has such an awesome life of faith in fact his book is called the adventure of faith and and and if you read about his testimony how God miraculously save him it's a 16 year old 17 year old you know pick now he was about to commit suicide just miraculously just saved him after the ground you know that kind of thing and then God let him to Bible School okay now in that time he has zero finances no support you know things like that and so by he and roll he says God you call me to go to Bible School I will go and so he went to the Assemblies of God Bible School in Sri Lanka sign up for it and when I and and and and and and he didn't oh by the way he learned English by reading the Bible okay the Holy Spirit taught him English okay that's why I said okay you literally read the English man and learn English because but the point he made was that he was he goes at one thing when he finally was asked to pay up his school fees and he didn't have money at all so he went on a one-week fast he said God brilliant and on the final day when of money is due he was called to the principal's office and when he got to the principal's office the principal gave him to pack it to and ropes okay and the principal smile at him says your pocket money he laughs at the principal says are you joking rod I don't even have money to pay for my school fees you now say I got pocket money then he opened up the rope and he saw two short letters okay the first letter said this okay the first letter was written to the Assemblies of God in Springfield Missouri USA okay listen to this okay dear brethren you will be surprised to receive this letter I'm a poor widow living in Panama City Florida when I was in prayer God spoke to me and said there's a place called salon there's a Bible school there and as a student there that will need your support I went to the world map that was hanging in my wall and searched and searched and searched but could not find this place called salon if you know of a place called sir Lord would you please send me the name and address of the Bible school sign florence Pokorny a window in Panama City in Florida so that by was Assemblies of God in USA wrote to her I said okay this is the address of this Bible School is Lord Sri Lanka so how do you know is the old name of Sri Lanka okay and so she wrote the second letter yes you'd be surprised dear brothers in Christ you'll be surprised to receive this letter I'm a poor Widow living in Panama City Florida I live by scrubbing floors mending clothes and cutting lawn for other people but God spoke to me that I was in prayer he said there's a student in salon and I want you to support that student I don't have much money why I'm sending this little I have Florence Taccone that was the envelope that cotton received that they had a principal's office can you imagine those days okay now this is in the I think 50s okay to send money from the US aid to Sri Lanka to salon no FedEx no DHL okay all right she didn't have a check you know she put cash inside and posted it from us a got through two continents and got two salon and that's very weak where Cotton's fees with you I tell you when I read this story my goosebumps to know it is like God desired provided proclaim these provisions for his student and for a person right okay then let me tell you what happened after that Cota started corresponding with this old lady in Panama Florida and this is what she says she says you know cotton I have cut back on my meat eggs and milk just to send you this money this cotton you know my bedroom roof is leaking but I won't send a man to repair if I do I can't send you this few dollars and pushing my bed into the living room think about that and pastor Colton's whole Bible school was supported by a widow living in Panama City Florida or anything that's why I coated wrote in his book businesses I learned an important lesson here God is never late it's never early it's always on time the lesson I learned and remains to me on this day so I believe our provision must come from the resources we believe that our provisions must come from the resources we have identified and we think God must use that God's ways are more mysterious and glorious when we pray a need it is not for us to tell him how to provide we simply submit our need to him and rest in his confidence Wow I tell you I've been so inspired by that all my life that as I begin to realize that when we even ask God for a need sometimes in our own background in the back of my mind we think oh god you can provide this way this with you make this guy give you some money giving make my boss increase my pay my parents up my pocket-money years like that yeah we think of those things but what Colton says is God's Way of provision can even you'll blow you out your mind he will use a means a way of doing it that you and I can only say it is God it is God and that's why it's so important how do we seek God in his kingdom first everyday number one the first important step is a commitment a commitment to trust him a commitment to serve Him a commitment to say that my sauce is God alone number one number two the second step that will help us grow in our blessing of financial freedom is to take the step of contentment okay check the spirit be grateful look at first Timothy chapter 6 verse 6 this one says but godliness with contentment is great gain I want you to notice ok a very powerful truth here godliness notice in one sense is so-called like the Bible says not enough ok with contentment bring this about great game let me tell you why so that's important commitment is where we get started by really contentment will sustain and keep the blessing contentment will sustain and keep the blessing you see if whenever you deal with this whole area of financial aid and material provisions in our lives many of us have to contend with one important and strange truth and that is what I call an equal distribution do you notice that God always distribute things quite unequally right the parable of the talent the parable of the Mina's the pair of all the way just somehow it's always an unequal one but yeah we always say oh god you must be fair right everybody must can say no no I don't think God wants it that way I believe it is a divine issue when God intentionally sometimes it one says redistribute stakes and equally why because I believe it is in the unequal nurse that we learn to build unity we build body we build understanding with one another that's why the Bible talks about contentment that's why the scripture Paul says godliness with contentment is great gain there are some eternal principles here that you must bear in mind me the first is this we must always give things first as soon as 5:18 says give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus and the more you give more well more that you're given more is expected so firstly give thanks secondly I think God read distribute so-called and equally those who have more more be demanded of you Luke chapter 12 verse 48 the second process but everyone who has been given much much we demanded and from the one who has been entrusted with much much more will be I believe this is an eternal principle the principle of giving to one another and some of us who have more must give to the less and so there's a and out of that and equalness unit says God has a unique way of demonstrating his body you know the story of John Wesley some of you know that of one of the founders the founder of the Methodist traditions right it was told that when he was young okay he was earning 30 pounds okay and and and he lived on 28 pounds so he gave away two pounds okay thirty right 38 he lived on Tinian he gave away two then one day his salary got increased he earned now 60 pounds guess what he did he live on 28 pounds and he gave away 32 and then the next thing is that the next year he said he's increased to 90 pounds guess what he did he live on 28 and he gave away the rest there's a modern-day version of that and that is Rick Warren so you know Rick Warren right okay he suddenly found himself you know sitting on a land for a coal mine when he wrote a book Purpose Driven Life right but in his testimony this is what he says he says that after he realized the royalties that he was getting from that book he and his wife made a very important decision they decided that they would live the same way as they are they did upgrade they are living did you know how great that car dinner and then they decided that everything that God gave after that they're gonna give it away and he jokingly says there's no I save thousands of dollars not wearing socks okay some of you know okay he has got this okay wherever he goes I'm pre she doesn't wear socks he okay right and so because that's his style he says that's that's what God is blessing with I believe in these two stories we hear the principle of contentment contentment with what you have and that's why it's so important that's why Paul it is letter to the Philippians said this in in in chapter 4 verse 11 13 I am NOT saying this because I'm in need for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances I know that it is not to be need and I know what it is to have plenty I've learned that the secret of being content in every and every situation whether well fed or hungry whether living or in plenty or in one I can do everything through him who gives me strength what is the truth I want to draw out the scripture the truth is this Paul says I've learned to be content Russ and sisters contentment is something that you and I can learn it can be a learn habit and I believe it is something you and I can get into that's why I believe it's important if you want to continue to seek God's kingdom first if you want to continue to to find a blessing of financial freedom no new must you have the sea of commitment you must have the sea of contentment okay that's why Paul was very very anxious in that sense when he wrote to his disciple Timothy in the book of Timothy and that's where we found our key text today then but godliness with contentment is great gain there was always this right because you know why because after a while even as he discipled the church and his disciple his people he realized that as they begin to so-called follow Christ they find that it might even be a means to financial gain that's why in first ability chapter 6 verse 5 in the second part says you know godliness is a means to financial gain which is sometimes true because you see when when you come to know the Lord in one sense God blesses you right so the point that he's making is this is that when you come to know God when you accept God when God becomes your supplier in a sense you will be blessed you will be blessed don't no doubt about it you will be blessed it's after what God blesses you with do you do about it that will make the difference and that's why in in verse 6 to verse 10 he says despite godliness with contentment is great gain for we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of it he reminded tivity again ok but if we have food and clothing we will be content with that people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil some people eager for money have wandered from faith and pierced themselves with many griefs resin sisters this is the issue right when you commit yourself to God God will bless the issue is what then do you do about it don't fall in love with the blessing and miss the blessing and that's what's the issue and that's why anyone says people always say money no enough because you get caught up with a blessing of what God has given you so this was important for this step for contentment is really to check our spirit to check that when you receive this blessing where does that contentment go to and that's why Paul very very wisely in 1st Timothy 6 11 12 and 14 says this but you men of God flee from all this and pursue righteousness godliness faith love endurance and gentleness fight the good fight of faith to keep his command without sport or blame until the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ residences is what Paul is facing this you know how to be content you need to fight for you need to pursue righteousness godliness faith love endurance this is what content will look like it is not just sitting back and say God thank you thank you thank you thank you you need to fight for and pursue godliness righteousness in me so so so you I hope you're getting to see what I'm trying to get to and why it is so important for us to know that godliness with contentment is great gain that's why you and I must pray the prayer as found in proverbs chapter 30 verse 8 and I give me neither poverty nor riches but give me only my daily bread otherwise I may have too much and this own you and say who is the Lord oh I may become poor and steal and so dishonor the name of my God I believe that is such a special prayer to pray and that's why Jesus into the Lord's Prayer what do you say give us today our daily bread resin sisters to me that is the measure of contentment and that's to be is the measure what we call enough our daily bread I believe God promises us not wealth but enough that's why I'm a firm believer in sending Singaporeans out of Singapore we have been too blessed for our for how good actually okay and that's why the call to missions that's why the call to go out into the regions around it's so important because even as we sit here in this beautiful auditorium there are brothers and sisters out there in the region in nations that need to know the Lord how do we stay contented pursue righteousness faith and for us in Singapore I believe in the nations so how do we continue to seek God's kingdom first number one we have the thickness time of commitment right check your source trust God number two we need to have contentment okay check the spirit be grateful finally we need to have compassion may check you're spending so generously you see the third and final see of this blessing of financial freedom is compassion you know this is not just to me another final step to me this is the final test or the final map of financial freedom we see us to see it is what will ma us in the you being truly free with our finances is where we have a compassion for the loss and a compassion to give you see commitment gets us going contentment sustains us and keeps us going but finally compassion renews and refreshes us commitment gets us going contentment sustains us but compassion renews and refreshes that's why Paul's charge to his disciple Timothy says this right in first ability chapter 6 verse 17 to 19 he says command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant or no put their hope in wealth which is so uncertain but put their hope in God who richly provides us with everything for our own enjoyment command them to do good to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share these are the truths of living this is the real map of financial freedom it is not how much you give but that you give and that you are giving you get the truth right to me the true map of financial freedom is when you are giving and you read that you are give and then you give and you are giving all right listen to what this person says okay this is this quote even if you pay off every debt bill a fully funded emergency fund invests wisely for retirement save for your children's college fund and pay off your house early you could still be missing the most important personal financial principle giving think about it and I fully believe that and that's why I'm a passion for making Singapore what I call a giving nation I believe that vision is a tremendous vision that's why Jesus talked so much about money 1/6 of the gospel is about money one-third of the parables is about a subject of stewardship and I like this comment Jesus is not a fund raiser whenever he talked about those things he's not trying to raise fights actually he was really going after the heart of the matter because money matters and and and money matters and money matters a lot okay to us to our heart that's why I believe this message is so important that's why when whenever I was asked to to share this word I I readily agreed but I told pastor Jay I said you know I believe the real issue right about money matters it's not about fundraising as Jesus said then it is about checking our hearts it is about asking where God is watching us so so so we need to do a hot check we need to check where our spending is and to do that I want to suggest two areas that you can check immediately number one your giving to the Lord number two your giving to the poor your giving to the Lord and you're giving to the poor that's why you can test this mom I'm giving to the Lord of course is in our tithes and our offerings honor the Lord by giving him the first part of your income right proverbs 3:9 then giving him your first fruit give God your first rose whatever you have received give it God first for where your treasure is there your heart will be also Matthew 6 verse 21 and then in Deuteronomy 14 23 we see the purpose of tithing the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your life so if we say that we want to seek God's kingdom first then surely you must be a tighter surely you must be giving and many of you know that one of the most powerful truth and scripture that reminds us about this is found in Malachi chapter 3 verse 8 and 9 will a mere mortal robbed God yet you robbed me but you asked how are we robbing you it ties and offerings you are under curse your whole nation because you're robbing me bring the whole tithe into the horse our Oh storehouse that there may be food in my house test me this is the Lord and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will be not enough room to store it resin sisters I tell you this truth is more than what the scripture says it is real in my own life since I was young I've always started even saving my little pocket money when I knew about this whole idea of tithing I remember when I was my mother used to give me a one dollar for the week yes I would take ten cents and bring it to church you know and then drop into the offering ball as a little kid right and when I pocket money grew a little bit more I was set up by this mom and give it every Sunday in church I tithe but I saw one beautiful illustration of this that that I want to just share with you someone the one preacher preached this message and and I thought it was so powerfully Illustrated he said on this site okay it's God's provision all that he has okay on this side are the needs of the world okay the beads they are neither there in the middle is you in your hand God has given you something okay so he says well what do you do with God puts in your hand the limiter that you have are you willing to give it he says but when you give it when that becomes empty the riches of heaven yes poured in that's what this scripture is all about and final catch up the tree right even you give that little bit right go pause it you know when I saw that picture I said wow God so often I miss it so if I miss some of these opportunity even give because everything I keep told I think my hands are bit too small right now here I got nothing no no that's not the point the point is are you willing to just let go everything so that way you give God and give you more you know and and I know that to me is a principle of what God wants to teach us give to God and give to the poor in fact when I was leading touch Community Services oh by the way one small fact to correct just now the service pastor introduced me I'm no longer the deputies in the pastor of FC BC I relinquish that appointment to to a next generation so now I just see you of touch International okay well anyway when I was running touch community services there's one strange thing that God called us to do which I still do to this day and that is that last time you some of you used to have flack days right we have like days right so TCS Woodroof like this and you'll go out there and raise funds and everything else but God taught me a very important please I think when you go out there and raise funds like that are you willing to tight what God gave you so what in touch community service we do is every time we go out there on a Flag Day we take 10% after God gives us and we give it away we give it to agencies other agencies in Singapore and all the other welfare and many of times when they received a check from us they said where did this come from we said well you know our principle is that when we receive from from from from the outside we want to share and give it way and and and and I believe that principle has continued to bless us as God could you do to pour his blessing to us is that even in that we can give away and said though I really have believed that if God was the start of woof winning that we should do that okay right now listen to this call and an integral of it it says this if you store up treasures on earth each day you live brings you further from it okay but if you start up treasures in heaven then each day you live brings you nearer isn't that good isn't that powerful isn't that true right if you stop treasures on earth each day you live or bring you further from it but if you stop treasures in heaven then each day you live brings you nearer to it well its final time I want to just say on behalf of your senior pastors and all that they've been really very encouraged and affirming the body of Christ sharing hope just because you know that you have a fun call this is home fun that many of you have been giving and trying to raise a million dollars for your Northeast Extension I know you know the report I got was that you've already raised about nine hundred thousand of it so give yourself began okay right right and I believe God will continue to pour out even more right when you continue to kick give to the Lord and give to his work so firstly give to the secondly giving to the poor right I believe our giving to the power mirror the state of our heart okay because God's promise here is interesting when it comes to giving to the poor this is where I boldly and brashley say there is a return on investment that's an hour oh I I say that because why the Bible says that most problems 28 verse 37 says this if you give to the poor you will never be in need but if you close your eyes to the poor many whoa curse you you see when we give to the poor you will never be the right problems 1917 census when you give to the poor it is like lending to the Lord and the Lord will pay you back think about that right giving to the poor is so unique it goes hot that's a special place for it right because it just releases God's favor on you that's why I always tell people you cannot afford not to give and I say that not just to rich people I say that to poor people too I say that to everybody and that's why in touch or in touch International when I go out even to the nations we serve the poorest of the poor I always tell them we're not here to serve you so that you just be a recipient I'm here to serve you so that I believe God's dignity will be upon you to be a giver and you can give too because why the Bible says blessed blessed are the cheerful Giver okay right and that's where I go wants to lead us to so indeed it is true okay you can give without loving but you cannot love without giving you can give without loving but you cannot love without giving you know I want to just close with this very powerful verse that says in 2nd Corinthians 6:9 16 it says remember this whoever sow sparingly will reap sparingly whoever so generously will also reap generously each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful Giver and God is able to bless you abundantly so that in all things and at all times you have all that you need you will abound in every good one you know I believe this is where God finally says as you give right God will give back to you and more than what we need so that's why for me this message is really not finally about money at all it really comes back to that one key that unlocks all this financial blessing to us Matthew chapter 6 verse 33 seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you you know this for me this verse is actually a very personal verse to me it is kind of like my life verse when I entered the call into the ministry in fact it was this verse that I preached at my ordination service because I believed God when he called me into the ministry thirty years ago this was his promise to me that when I seek his kingdom first God will provide for the rest so you may or may not know ten years ago when I left my profession as an architect at the same time my wife was a lawyer – in one of the top law legal firms in Singapore also left her work and we both decided that this is God's call for us to look after the family and to go into ministry but we did that our relatives even my uncles and all were also really astounded nd they were so worried for us that even call up my mother and my parents says you know what do you think Eugene and Julia are doing crazy are the children all still so young okay and they are so young they are the prime of their life candy when do they retire Angwin so the Lord well at a point of time we could he just tell them don't worry God has reminded us that he will provide for us in fact when I came into the ministry the vision that God gave to me was this that my rice bin and my all pot will never run dry and I could only testify to you today having been now coming to three years in the ministry that somehow the other we're not the richest family in the world we don't have the biggest things around us right but God has always provided and guess what now my mother also whenever the relatives turned to their and say hey so how's Eugenia Julie doing well she now testifies this he says ya stranger they don't have a lot but they seem to have enough their family doing well the children are very good you know and she testifies on the fact that God has continued to provide for us Amen let's give praise to God brothers and sisters I'm sure you do it when says a life message a message that I believe that the blessing of financial freedom or the blessing of freedom in life is found in a commitment first to your source and to trust God a contentment that whenever God provides I will be grateful but with a compassion in my heart that will always say let's check while spending are we sewing generously as I was preparing this message for this service this morning whether you're here or in the northwest Center I want you to know that this message is not just about financial freedom I hope you can catch the thread do it all it is about a freedom in the Lord it is a form of freedom that you and I can have when we have Jesus in our lives and I believe see that here this morning or there a northeast Center so you have been brought here by your friend or maybe you have even come to this service for a few times already but you have never made that commitment to say Jesus I accept you as my Lord and my Savior I realized that I cannot close this message without giving you that invitation and without allowing you the opportunity to accept Jesus into your heart so this is what I'm gonna do in a few moments I'm gonna lead you in a simple short prayer and that prayer is designed such that you will just say God I want to receive you into my life because I hear what you've shown many of my brothers and sisters here I feel your Holy Spirit here so you feel even in your heart right now talking the meaning in a way that's the Holy Spirit talking to you do not let this movement go by without Allah Lord allowing you that opportunity to turn to him and make him the master of your I remember again the money problem is not a money problem it is a master problem the finance problem is not a financing problem it is a faith problem so today I'm offering you an invitation from the Lord God Himself to accept him as your master to put your trust in him to put your faith in him and to know that he will then grant you the greatest freedom that you can ever have and financially will be one of them – it doesn't say he will provide for you so the woman I'm gonna leave you in that prayer you I say one line you follow me but I believe that this invitation is not just for those of you who have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior before but it also goes out to some of you whom you kind of like stroll into church today you kind of like give Church in and out or you have you know that you have just said God I put you on a back burner for a while maybe it's time for you to recommit your life to God maybe it's time for you to say God I want to come back to you again and to walk in this freedom that this preacher is talking about this freedom that I can just trust you and know that somewhere you will provide for Wendy so would you join me tisn't spray and then for the rest of us can we join our brothers and sisters who are saying that prayer for the first time so that they don't feel alone they know that they're part of this family and they can say with it so let us pray can you close your eyes right now and bow your head and what you pray with me dear Lord Jesus thank you for your love for me today I acknowledge that I cannot do life on my own I'm a sinner and I need your saving grace thank you for dying on a cross for my sins today I give my life over to you I receive you as my Lord and Savior thank you Lord today I know that I'm set free I know that you are the master of my life thank you Jesus whatever heat is still bowed and every eye is still closed I want to just pray a blessing for those of you who have prayed that prayer for the first time those of you who want to come back to God again and say God I want to recommit my life to you so whether you're here or in that Northeast Center I'm going to count to three and if I if I counted and I count to three Isis still closed no one looking around I just want you to put up your hands so that I can see your hands raised and I want to pray a blessing for you would you do that for me eyes closed head down if you have prayed this prayer for the very first time in your life and for today you want to come back to God again would you raise your hand when I come to tree one to a tree lifted up high yes lifted up high lifted up high yes it's an ice close ice close this is a behind father you see these hands they've been lifted up I know that there are heads too at the Northwest Center in Jesus name I speak a blessing upon them I speak the promises of God upon them their Lord as you said to us and when we come in our life to you you know what we need you know today you know the needs in our hearts you don't need to my family you know the needs and our our relationships you know the needs in my heart for you Lord bless us as I receive you as I receive you as your Savior so in Jesus name I bless you amen amen you can put your hands down right now in a moment I'm gonna get a worship team to lead us at a very closing song and in that closing song we're gonna say Christ is enough for us I want to give an opportunity to for many of us here today to respond to this message I believe that this message cannot just be listened in your years there needs to be a response but no girl can still come forward I'm just gonna ask you to stand where you are if you want to respond to the Lord first that you acknowledge again that you want to recommit your heart to trusting him all the way you think when I was praying for this service there are few groups that that the Lord showed me one is a group that is feeling a bit desperate and in despair you're probably feeling some leads in your family that you kind of like you know wish I could be but you have been struggling with that I want you to stand the second group is a group that needs to stand be struggling with contentment and it is especially in the workplace okay maybe you just got your last personal prays over there and and and and you just been upset or you wish you could have gotten that pay raise or something you wished the law says you have to deal with this spirit or content with I want you to stand because I want to pray for you to the Lord then shall be that their issues here like hot some of you having like hot irregular heartbeat right I like to pray for you you stand to blame pray for you and then finally this last one and that is that you know in Malachi chapter 3 one of the key was as this is where God says he loved us many of us say I don't know I don't know that you love me maybe very many of you today realize that God has loved you in a very special way but you have taken it for granted and you want us to pray for you so I just like to invite those of you who can answer to these responses come girl just speak a word of blessing as the the team sings for us I want you to stand and I want to pray a blessing for you

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