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Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:3-10

Money Perspectives



1.  The relationship we have with material possessions can either define and strengthen our faith or destroy our faith, Mark 12:41-44.

2.  Both poor and rich can be captured and destroyed by the love of money. Therefore, Prov. 30:7-9.

3.  Money is a tool, a medium of exchange for goods and services.

4.  We must allow God’s word to define our relationship to our possessions (in every form they take), 1 Tim. 6:6-10 (Luke 16:13).

Realize money can't make you happy.

    a.  Gives the illusion of strength (safety), but deludes, Prov. 18:10-11; 11:28 (Luke 16:24); 1 John 2:15-17.

    b.  Riches give no joy in the day of wrath, Prov. 11:4.

    c.   Trust in the Lord, 1 Tim. 6:17.

Live for the enduring riches, Matt. 6:19-21.

    a.  Eternal things, 2 Cor. 4:18-5:1.

    b.  Needful things that will not be taken from you, Luke 10:40-42.

    c.  Live for Christ (reproaches), greater riches, Heb. 11:26; Matt. 5:11-12.

(3)  Know that money will pass away, James 5:1-3.
    a.  Temporary (can’t take it with you),
1 Tim. 6:7; Ps. 49:16-17; Eccl. 5:15-16.

    b.  Misuse of wealth judged and condemned, James 5:4-6.


(4)  Be content with what you have, cf. Luke 12:13-19 (Eccl. 5:10).

    a.  Contentment (not anxious) toward material things is a matter of faith in the Lord to provide, Matt. 6:25-34.

    b.  Contentment is learned through experience and applying God’s truth toward our possessions, Phil. 4:11-13.


(5)  Put people above money, 1 Tim. 6:18-19; 1 John 3:17-18.

    a.  Be generous, Prov. 11:24-26.

    b.  Without thought of return, Eccl. 11:1-2; Enemies, Luke 6:30-35.

(6)  Devote money to right causes, John 12:1-8.

    a.  Give to the Lord, 1 Cor. 16:1-2 (Acts 4:34-37).

    b.  Helping others, Luke 10:33-35.


(7)  Maintain character above acquiring, Prov. 13:7.

    a.  Accumulate troubles when riches is our goal, Eccl. 5:11-14:

      1)  Fair-weather friends, 5:11.

      2)  Limitations, 5:11.

      3)  Anxiety, lack of rest, 5:12 (time is consumed).

      4)  Hurt and misfortune, 5:13-14.

    b.  Rich young man trusted his riches and lacked faith to sacrifice possessions to follow Jesus, Mark 10:17-22 (cf. jobs, etc.).

    c.  Greed, covetousness, Luke 12:15-21 (16:14); 1 Tim. 6:9-10. (Once acquired, still an emptiness without God.)

    d.  Humility, 1 Tim. 6:17; James 1:9-10.



1.  What will a man be profited if he gains the world and loses his soul? Matt. 16:26

2.  Trusting in wealth is futile because all the money in the world cannot redeem one soul from sin and eternal death, Ps. 49:5-12.

3.  Trust and follow Jesus; His blood will redeem you, Col. 1:12-14.


Adapted from:

Growthtrac Marriage Minute - Thursday, November 5 2009


Keeping Finances in Proper Perspective


• Realize that money can't make you happy

• Live for what really matters

• Know that riches will pass away

• Be content with what you have

• Put people above money

• Invest in the right places

• Keep character above acquiring


Excerpt taken from: Blueprints for a Solid Marriage

Copyright © 2006 by Dr. Steve Stevens, Published by Tyndale.

Used by Permission.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted March 23, 2022