Exodus 8:23 (NLT) I will make a clear distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will happen tomorrow.’ ”
We’ve been trading a future for a today, a journey for a moment, money now for an inheritance later.
Like Esau a full belly instead of a full life. – Genesis 25:29–33 (NLT) One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”) 31 “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” 32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” 33 But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.
Like Saul who traded a temporary position for an eternal reign-
Saul moved to keep the crowd– 1 Samuel 13:11–12 (NLT) but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”
Saul used worship to soothe our demons– 1 Samuel 16:23 (NLT) And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.
Like Judas 30 pieces of silver for an inheritance of nations- Matthew 27:3 (NLT) When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders.
Matthew 19:28 (NLT) Jesus replied, “I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Real Exchange: Sickness for health, broke for blessing, lost for saved, hell for heaven. Me for Him!
We need Daniel’s who will trade king’s pillows for lion’s dens before they compromise-
We Need the three Hebrew children who will trade fiery furnaces before they’d worship anything other than God.
We need Peter’s who will trade a fishing business for fishing for men.
We need Paul’s who will trade the applause of the religious for persecution of them
We need a Jesus’ who traded eternal glory for a cross-
Recovery- Joel 2:15–17 (KJV) Blow the trumpet in Zion, Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, Gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: Let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, And give not thine heritage to reproach, That the heathen should rule over them: Wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
The Lost Sheep: My sacrifice– Luke 15:3–4 (NLT) So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?
No One May Know- Luke 15:6 (NLT) When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
Psalm 118:27 (KJV) God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: Bind the sacrifice with cords, Even unto the horns of the altar.
Deuteronomy 6:4–8 (NLT) “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.
Matthew 23:4–5 (KJV) For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Surrender- Romans 12:1–2 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
The Lost Coin: My finances– Luke 15:8 (NLT) “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?
Holes in the Money Bag- Haggai 1:3–8 (NLT) Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? 5 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 6 You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! 7 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 8 Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord.
Tithing is not OT Law but a response to Blessing- Genesis 14:18–21 (NLT) And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered. 21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered.”
Proverbs 20:27 (KJV) The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, Searching all the inward parts of the belly.
The Lost Son- My Generations- Luke 15:11–12 (NLT) To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
Judges 2:10–12 (NLT) After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. 11 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal. 12 They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord.
Kill the fatted calf- Luke 15:23 (NLT) And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast,
Its all stories of Recovery- Joel 2:23–25 (KJV) Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: For he hath given you the former rain moderately, And he will cause to come down for you the rain, The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, And the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, The cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you.
You Still Have Time! Ephesians 5:15–16 (KJV) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.