MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 21:20

 “There is _______________________ to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the __________________; but a ______________________________ man ____________________________________ it up.”

The Lord is the source of all of our wealth. To forget this or deny it is sin.

(Proverbs 10:22) “The _____________________ of the LORD, it maketh _______________,…”

Giving to God is blessed. (Proverbs 3:9-10) “________________________ the LORD with thy ________________________, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be __________________ with ____________________, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Working hard is blessed by God. (Proverbs 13:11) “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by ________________________ shall increase.”

The greedy fellow looking for Easy Street is a fool and a loser. He is going down to poverty.

(Proverbs 22:7) “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the _______________________________ is _______________________________ to the ____________________________.”

Minimizing debt is a rule of Bible economics. Godly ambition avoids foolish or unnecessary debt. Obligations are paid on time.

If you cannot control your credit cards (if they control you), get a divorce from them. Get rid of them.

Credit cards are a curse to all but the very wise – the easier the credit, the higher the charge. Any time you think about using a credit card that you cannot pay off each month, you need to think about

Proverbs 21:20: “There is ________________________ to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the _____________; but a ________________________ man __________________________ it up.”

Many are defrauded or scammed out of their money. Do not be one of them.

(Proverbs 14:15) “The _____________________ believeth every _________________: but the ______________________________ man looketh ________________________ to his going.”

Skepticism is a virtue. Caution is a sign of nobility. Demanding proof is wisdom. Only the foolish and stupid believe all they hear or read. A wise and successful man will examine things carefully, before he makes his decision on departing with his money. He understands the risks and rewards before he chooses a course of action. He does nothing by chance or mere hope.

 (Proverbs 15:16) “Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.”

What is better – being poor with the fear of the LORD, or being rich without it? The answer is simple. And it was a rich king that wrote it! The fear of the LORD is the key to your life: it has the greatest reward, and it will save you from trouble. Neither assets nor income can bring the contentment, joy, and blessing of God that fearing Him will bring.

(Mark 8:36) “For what shall it ____________________ a man, if he shall __________________ the whole world, and _________________________ his own soul?”

There are things that are more important than money. For example, being saved and being right with God. But, also, having the wisdom of God.

(Proverbs 16:16) “How much ________________ is it to get wisdom than _________________! and to get ___________________________ rather to be chosen than ___________________!”

The greatest treasure hunt in life is not to be a millionaire, but rather to find and obtain wisdom, which is seeing life from God’s point of view giving you the ability to know and do the right thing in any situation. Get your priorities right! Live a great life!

If a poor man told you that wisdom was more important than money, it would be easy to dismiss his instruction as an invalid comparison from a man who had never known the power and benefits of wealth. But that is not the case in this proverb. Solomon had riches, glory, and honor exceeding any king before or after him. He knew all about money and its benefits. But he told you to rank wisdom and understanding much higher.

Men work hard and many hours to obtain money. There is nothing wrong with that for it supplies the necessities for life. Many attend school for many years and undergo training after that; they put forth great effort; they endure many difficulties; they fret when there is not enough; they devise plans to acquire more; they beg for God’s assistance.

But how many apply these kinds of efforts to obtain wisdom and understanding? What about you?

(Proverbs 8:11) “For ___________________________ is better than _______________________; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

(Proverbs 16:16) “How much ______________________ is it to get ________________________ than __________________________! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”

Get your priorities right! Live a great life!