1 Timothy 6:17-19
NKJ 1 Timothy 6:17-18 ‘Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share’,
NLT 1 Timothy 6:17-18 ‘Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others’.
Transition: Picking up after last week. I want to speak as some opposing ‘spirits’ to that which should/could be a generous one.
- Angry / Unforgiving Spirit
NLT Psalm 37:8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper — it only leads to harm.
NLT Psalm 37:8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper — it only leads to harm
Matthew 18:27: One who was forgiven much but wouldn’t forgive little.Insecure / Jealous Spirit
2. Insecure / Jealous
Numbers 5:14 speaks about jealousy between husband and wives and the consequence.
Deborah Bell, Deo Gloria Family Church states, The Bible says that the Spirit of God departed from Saul when a spirit of jealousy entered him!
Today the Spirit of God will not depart from a believer when jealousy enters, but that spirit will blind us and cause us to stumble.
“Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.” – 1 Samuel 16:14 (NIV)
We need to be careful that a spirit of jealousy does not take hold of us and put out the Spirit’s fire on the inside of us!- You don’t want the ‘wrong’ kind of fire to consume you; it can, if you let the spirit of jealousy in.
Application: Example of Saul and David
- First of all, we need to know that Saul did once have God’s favor (although he was chosen by the people when God said don’t do it) but still God honored the position until Saul imploded!
- As a replacement, God chooses David and suddenly Saul becomes mad with anger and jealousy.
Application: We need to be secure in who we are: what God has given us, our lot in life, etc.M
3. Mean / Bitter Spirit
Question: “What does the Bible say about being mean-spirited?”
Answer: A mean-spirited person is one whose natural impulse is to cause harm or trouble for others. We are all mean-spirited at times, but this article will focus upon those whose personalities are characterized the majority of the time by hateful, rude, or spiteful behavior. The fictional curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge, prior to his Christmas transformation, is a good example of a mean-spirited person in A Christmas Carol.
Mean-spiritedness is part of our fallen sinful nature (Romans 3:10, 23; 8:5). We are born selfish with a desire to gratify ourselves at any expense. Depending upon the effectiveness of our early training, we may learn more socially acceptable ways of interacting with others, but we can still behave in hateful, mean-spirited ways due to the inability to control our own evil tendencies (Romans 7:14–20). Mean-spirited people are not pleasant to be around, so we learn to curb some of those selfish impulses in order to be more popular. However, there are some who don’t care what anyone thinks, and they keep their mean-spirited actions on public display.
I believe it’s connected
to a ‘root of bitterness’.
First, it is helpful to
look at a more recent translation of the entire verse. The New International
Version reads, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no
bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Hebrews 12:15). This passage is directed at the
In the Hebrew culture, any poisonous plant was called a “bitter” plant. Poison destroys, and the result of ingesting a poisonous plant would be bitter, indeed. The author of the book of Hebrews uses a “bitter root” as a metaphor for that which would bring harm to the church.
Moving to the New Testament, we have another reference to the destructive power of bitterness. While rebuking Simon the Sorcerer, Peter tells him to repent of his wickedness, with an added insight: “I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin” (Acts 8:23). Simon’s wickedness was his desire to buy the power of the Holy Spirit, essentially treating God as a commodity to enhance his own career as a magician.P
4. Proud / Arrogant
From ancient civilization when man was sent out of the Garden of Eden, man has struggled with the temptation of pride; this started in heaven with Satan (the father of pride)-Isaiah 14: 12-15. Pride is the first sin committed in the Universe when Satan was lifted up in pride because he wanted the worship that belongs to God. From then slaves, great men, wise men, young and old has been snare by the spirit of pride and have paid the consequences of their actions.
What is Pride?
Pride is inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments etc. These persons will exalt themselves and at the same time belittle others or magnifying themselves at the expense of their neighbors or others they meet.
Jim Powell – 5 signs of an arrogant heart
- A strong sense of Overconfidence
- An unwillingness to listen to others
- Marginalizing anyone received as a threat
- Asking for trouble: picking a fight when unnecessary.
- Eventual humilit
5. Senseless / Silly (Stupid)
What I refer to is a spirit that just doesn’t think or consider what he/she says or does.
They just blurt out (usually dumb / insulting / demeaning / hurtful stuff.
No filter, no compassion, no sensitivity, no love.
6. Controlling / Demanding / Dictating
Conclusion: We need to Cultivate a Generous Spirit and deal with those areas of our lives that just don’t match biblical soundness .