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Do you own a car?

1980 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
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We live in ‘abundance.’ Do you own a car?  Then you are in the top 8% of people in the world. 92% of the world does not own a car – let alone two cars.

But what about the 35 million poor here people in America? One latest Census poll shows that we have 35 million poor – what about them? They’re not rich.

3/4 of America’s poor – own a car, 30% of them own two

46% of Americas poor own their own home

In fact The average poor American has more living space in their home than the average person living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities in Europe.

There are very few “poor” people in America.

Not when you compare things that are basic staples needed for life.

1 Billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water

8 hundred million people wont eat today  - 3 hundred million are children

Studies show that the most basic things for human survival, things like water – health care and nutrition for everyone in the world  - would cost 20 billion a year.

That sounds like a lot, but that’s what Americans spend each year on ice cream.

OUR world – is not a reflection of THE world.

You and I are constantly hit with commercials and trunk shows and tv and billboards and we feel like we constantly need more and more….and more. Our world consists of the abundance of possessions

But Paul writes, don’t set your hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God – who what? Richly provides everything we enjoy

You and I are rich, and everything we have is a gift from God, a blessing from God.

Do you believe that? These aren’t my words, don’t get mad at me, these are God’s words. Maybe you’re thinking, “I worked hard for my money, I didn’t get rich by having it fall into my lap or by giving it away, I worked, I sweated, I bled for this….”

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 God says, You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ 18 but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth.

God says don’t forget, “I gave you that Lexus.” I gave you that ring, that vacation, that new garage.

And listen, being wealthy isn’t bad, it’s not sinful – that’s not the message, I don’t anyone to feel guilty for being wealthy, or for having a car, or for their recent vacation – that’s not what this is about. Just so long as we understand that our blessings are a gift from God – our wealth is a gift from God. And so it’s not about having wealth, it’s more about what we do with it.

 

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