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Good morning friends, today we will be continuing with our lesson on time and the
importance God put on it. If you missed the first part of this lesson we invite you to
go to the Archives and read it so you will know where we have been.

Last week we began with
Colossians 4:5: where it says:

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

We talked about how satan steals our time without us realizing what happened and
how we can defeat him. We are continuing in some ways the enemy tricks us into
using our time unwisely. The next one we will talk about is wealth.

3) WEALTH: to be wealthy means: To be well-off, rich with these worlds’ goods,
affluent, prosperous, rolling in the dough. Let us see what the Word says about
wealth.

Deuteronomy 8:17: “Then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand
have gained me this wealth.”

We forget Creator God gave us the ability and knowledge in how to gain riches. And
to forget God is a dangerous place to be.

Psalm 49:6-7: Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their
riches,
none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a
ransom for him.

Riches can cause a person(s) to become very selfish and arrogant, believing they
did it all by themselves.

Proverbs 13:22: A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but
the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

God is going to honor the humble and the sacrifices of His children by causing the
wicked sinner to become wealthy then He is going to spring into action in such a
way that it is given into the hands of His people. That is why He says not to envy the
rich man. There are Scriptures that say we will live in houses we did not build, eat
from vineyards we did not plant, etc. He is the same yesterday, today and forever

(Hebrews 13:8).

Deuteronomy 6:10-12: “So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the
land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
to give you
large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things,
which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive
trees which you did not plant-
when you have eaten and are full-then beware, lest
you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
bondage….

It is not that wealth is not God’s will for our lives, but He realizes how easy it is for
man to become ‘self’ sufficient, so to speak, believing he accomplished his wealth
all on his own and forgot God. God wants to give us wealth and health, but He also
says it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 11:28: He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish
like foliage.

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

Genesis 39:2-3: “the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he
was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was
with him and that
the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.

Mark 10:20-25: And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have
kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One
thing you lack; Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you
will have treasures in heaven; and come take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he
was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then
Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have
riches to enter the kingdom of God!” and the disciples were astonished at His
words. But Jesus answered again and said to them,
“Children how hard it is for
those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

My friends, it is not money or wealth that is bad for the Lord delights is the
prosperity of His children….it is the LOVE of it that causes a man to fall.        

Psalm 35:27: “Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause;
and let them say continually, “Let
the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the
prosperity of His servant.”

I Timothy 6:9-10: but those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and
perdition. For
the love of money is a root of all kings of evil, for which some have
strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with
many sorrows.

Satan distracts us by putting our minds on earthly things instead of God’s kingdom
work. Friends we must be very careful, watchful, when God shifts the wealth into
the hands of His children not to become earthly minded. For with great wealth
comes greater responsibility and greater temptations.

Psalm 112:2-3: His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the
upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his
righteousness endures forever.

Joshua 24: 13-14 & 20: “I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and
cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and
olive groves which you did not plant. Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in
sincerity and in truth….if you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will
turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”

Having wealth can easily draw us away from the Lord. We can so soon get caught
up in earthly things. If we are not careful the lust of the flesh for earthly things will
dim our view.

James 1:14-15: but each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires
and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it
is full grown, brings forth death.

So with all the blessings wealth brings the Word also warns us of the pitfalls it can
bring.  So be careful, be watchful, be alert, stay close to Jesus listening to His Holy
Spirit or the enemy will find a way to

Satan will be stealing our time

We will discuss one more way he steals our time it is with bitterness.

4)        BITTERNESS: Strong’s Concordance # 4088 is Pikria (pik-ree’-ah) which
means: Acridity (poison) or extreme bitterness. The Dictionary says it means: Inward
turmoil, dwelling on past, not understanding how it consumes your thoughts which
effects our deeds. Let us see what the Word says about bitterness.

Acts 8:23: “For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”

Here we see Peter rebuking Simon who was a sorcerer. He wanted to possess the
power to give the Holy Spirit to others; but with an underhanded purpose. Peter
called it bitterness.
Bitterness stems from unforgiveness over something or
someone in our past we have allowed to remain hidden deep within our spirit and
soul. This is the reason a lot of God’s people do not walk into their destiny….they
are harboring things from the past they need to lay at the feet of Jesus. The Word
tells us we have awesome weapons to break down every stronghold satan has held
us captive with.

II Corinthians 10:3-6: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to
the flesh. For the weapons for our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for
pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts
itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the
obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your
obedience is fulfilled.

We must learn to forgive. We must learn to lay all our past pain and hurts at the feet
of Jesus; He can destroy that heavy load but if we carry it, it becomes a great
hindering force that can destroy our relationship with the Lord.

Matthew 11:29: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and
lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls for My yoke is easy and My
burden is light.”

Let us continue looking at some other Scriptures.

Hebrews 12:15: ….looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest
any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

We are to be watchful over one another that the ‘root of bitterness’ does not enter
the body of Christ defiling it. Bitterness is a choice. We choose to harbor thoughts
and/or deeds done to us by others. Choosing not to forgive leads to bitterness of
mind and spirit; this allows the enemy to set up a stronghold in our life.

Ephesians 4: 31: let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put
away from you, with all malice.

Bitterness will lead to our speaking evil of our neighbor. It brings anger and
discord to whomever is around us. Anger like bitterness can become a stronghold
used against our spiritual growth. It needs to be given over to Christ who has
conquered every demon forth when He gave His life on Calvary’s Cross. Also
bitterness leads to gossip.

Because we are so consumed with our bitterness and/or anger that we begin
speaking things against our brother/sister, gossiping to others causing dissention
among the body of Christ….dividing….which diminishes the power of Christ. When
we are divided we are weakened and become bait for the enemy to pounce upon.

I Timothy 5:12-13: ….having condemnation because they have cast off their first
faith. And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and
not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

Thus by allowing the enemy to put up a stronghold of bitterness in our hearts we
allow   
Him to steal our time.

These are just a few stumbling blocks that steal our time. We dwell on things that
are not of God, hindering forces that steal our time. If we will do what the Word says
in
Philippians 4:8 we will find the enemy will flee from us.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever
things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever
things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-
meditate on these things.

I am sure you can think of many more ways the enemy can and does steal our time.
We have discussed just four (4) of them to get us all thinking how important time is
and will study some other ways he tries to steal it and ways the Word shows us to
stop him.

In saying that, next week we will we are going to change course but still talk about
time…..it will be about God’s timing. So please stay tune.

Blessings to all
Dee Knupp

dee@powerinunity.com
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