The Riches of the Righteous – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

The Riches of the Righteous Sermon Series

Part 1 – Introduction

Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

Ephesians 1

  • 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
  • 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
  • 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Intro: The righteous man understands one simple truth: there are more than one kind of riches.

There is earthly riches and tangible wealth.

There are spiritual riches and intangible wealth.

QUOTE: Worldlings make gold their god; saints make God their gold. – Matthew Henry

Before we dig into the abundant riches and treasures in the house of the righteous, we will look at what the Bible says about riches in general.

               A. The Approval of Riches

To say that God was against people having wealth is simply not true.

The Bible has a lot to say about wealth and riches, but God is not against it.

In fact, the Bible is clear – those that are wealthy got it from God.

  • Ecclesiastes 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

Hannah prayed in 1 Samuel 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

Jesus acknowledged that God blesses the unsaved and unbelievers.

  • Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Not everybody can handle wealth.

QUOTES:

Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

The greater our wealth, the greater our dangers.

Few people have the spiritual resources to be both wealthy and godly.

God saw fit to bless many of those in the Bible with riches.

Many of the heroes of the Bible were rich.

Abraham was rich.

  • Genesis 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Isaac was rich.

Genesis 26

  • 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
  • 13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:
  • 14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

Joseph was rich.

Genesis 41

  • 41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
  • 42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
  • 43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Job was rich.

  • Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Ruth’s husband Boaz was rich.

  • Ruth 2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

Esther and Mordecai were rich.

Esther 5:11; 8:1, 2

David was rich.

I Chronicles 29

  • 26 Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.
  • 28 And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

Solomon was rich.

2 Chronicles 1

  • 11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:
  • 12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

Hezekiah was rich.

2 Chronicles 32

  • 27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels;
  • 28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
  • 29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.

Daniel was rich.

  • Daniel 2:48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.

Joseph of Arimathaea was rich

Matthew 27

  • 57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
  • 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.

               B. The Attitude toward Riches

The Bible is clear about the right attitude toward riches.

The Bible speaks of covetousness a multitude of times.

  • Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

QUOTE: Gold is the heaviest of all metals, but is made more heavy by covetousness.

  • Psalms 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

QUOTE: It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

  • Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

Jesus said: Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Paul the Apostle said: Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:

Psalm 52

  • 7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
  • 8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Many people have allowed the deception of wealth to derail their walk with God.

Mark 4

  • 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
  • 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

QUOTE: Whenever wealth keeps a man from thinking about God, it is not a blessing but a curse.

I’m reminded of the rich young ruler that came to Jesus seeking eternal life.

Luke 18

  • 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
  • 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
  • 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
  • 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of

               C. The Appraisal of Riches

The righteous man understands one simple truth: there are more than one kind of riches.

There is earthly riches and tangible wealth.

There are spiritual riches and intangible wealth.

The believer should be able to understand the true value of each one.

  • Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

Proverbs 13

  • 6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
  • 7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

I Timothy 6

  • 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
  • 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
  • 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Matthew 6

  • 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
  • 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
  • 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Conclusion: Jesus gave up the riches of Heaven so that you and I might have the riches of the righteous.

  • 2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.