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Daily Adult Sabbath School Lesson Study Guide
Love of worldly possessions, even by those who don’t have much, can be a powerful chain that binds the soul to the world instead of to Christ. Even if we don’t have much in terms of earthly possessions, the passionate desire to attain material goods can become a terrible curse that will, if not brought under the control of the Lord, lead a soul away from salvation. Satan knows this, which is why he uses the love of material possessions to ensnare as many as he possibly can.
What is our only protection?
What other texts can you find that talk about what we should be keeping our mind focused on? (See, for example, Phil. 4:8.)
The only cure for worldliness, in whatever form it comes, is a continual devotion to Christ (Ps. 34:1) through the ups and downs of life. Moses “regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt” (Heb. 11:26, NIV). Before any other relationship, Christ must be our first priority. Christ is looking for a commitment based on conviction, not on preference; that is, we must be devoted to Christ because of who He is and what He has done for us, not because of any immediate advantages our faith and commitment to Him might bring.
Our lives are to be hidden in Jesus, and His plans are to be our plans. True commitment is putting our hand to the plow without “looking back” (Luke 9:62, NKJV). When we make that kind of commitment, Jesus elevates us to our full potential. When we surrender to Him, He will break the world’s hold upon our souls. We must become Christ-centered instead of stuff-centered; that alone will fill the void in our lives.
|Think about a time you acquired a material possession, something that you really wanted badly. How long did the joy and fulfillment last before it faded away and you were right back where you started?|
2 comment(s) for this post:
- Don Litchfield:
20 Jan 2018 I think we try to find our security and our value in material things. However, if we will look at the mission of Jesus and see the value God puts on us, we would only need His Spirit of Love for our motivation to produce the actions that lead to a valuable life. Material things don't produce our true value. If we will choose to let God be our employer and cooperate with Him in life, we will have perfect security that does not depend on material things or even money. I'm not saying that we won't have things and money, but I'm saying our security will not be based on material things or money. Matt. 6:33 is Jesus' formula for financial and material security and value in our lives. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
- Phil van der Klift:
20 Jan 2018 Today's lesson states: "Christ is looking for a commitment based on conviction, not on preference; that is, we must be devoted to Christ because of who He is and what He has done for us, not because of any immediate advantages our faith and commitment to Him might bring". It therefore proposes/implies that commitment to Christ that is motivated by any immediate advantage that our faith and commitment to him might bring is a wrong motivation and that it should not be our primary motivation. How can this be when Jesus said that He came that we might have life abundant (Jn 10:10)? If I desire to live the life that Jesus came for me to live - the kind of life that results from living in a Christ-like manner via development of a Christ-like character where I find joy in serving and honoring God and serving others, why is that wrong (according to the lesson)?
Memory Text: “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. . . . He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage” (Proverbs 11:4, Proverbs 14:28, NKJV).
Though Satan failed with Jesus, he has succeeded with everyone else. He will continue to do so unless we fight in the armor and power of God, who alone offers us the freedom from the lure of the world.
Thus, we must focus our attention on our heavenly Provider. David realized true value in this life when he wrote, “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing” (Ps. 34:10, NIV). Solomon recognized that wisdom and understanding were more valuable than silver and gold (Prov. 3:13-14). True happiness and right living come from turning our eyes from the possessions we own and looking to the living Christ, who owns us.
Our only hope to escape the allure of the world is a vital and successful relationship with Jesus. This week, we will study the elements of that relationship, and how crucial it is for our own spiritual success to recognize the power behind the mask of the world and see the importance of Christ as the real reason for living.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, January 27.
3 comment(s) for this post:
- Don Litchfield:
19 Jan 2018 When God's Love motivates our thoughts and feelings we are capable of walking through life without stumbling over temptations that happen in our way. The perfect robe of Christ's Righteousness is on us as long as God's Love is the motivation of our thoughts and feelings. We cannot manufacture this robe out of fig leaves or filthy rags, but we can open the door of the heart to God's Spirit. Jesus promises He will come in when we hear His voice and open to Him.
- Benard Wangwe:
20 Jan 2018 In relation to the memory text, Ezekiel:7.19 also say: They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be an unclean thing. Their silver and gold will not be able to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it, for it has made them stumble into sin.
- Phil van der Klift:
20 Jan 2018 The lesson says "True happiness and right living come from turning our eyes from the possessions we own and looking to the living Christ, who owns us". Why does the lesson feel the need to state that God "owns us"? Does God want us to be reminded of that? Is that the motivation God wants us to come to him under?
Further Thought: Stewardship, as we understand it, started with God placing Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden home that they were to care for and manage (Gen. 2:15). In this perfect environment they were to make the garden livable, a task that could not have been that hard. God authorized their new role and taught them about their responsibility. Taking care of Eden would give meaning and bring happiness to the new family.
The Hebrew verb for “dominion” (Gen. 1:26, Gen. 1:28) means “to bring under control and rule.” This was, given the context, not a harsh dominion but a benevolent rule in caring for God’s creation. This responsibility has not stopped. In this environment Adam and Eve were to learn that God was the Owner, and they were His managers, or stewards. From the start God intended that Adam and Eve have positions of responsibility and trust but not as owners. They were to demonstrate to God that they were faithful to their tasks.
“Adam and Eve were given the garden of Eden to care for. They were ‘to dress it and to keep it.’ They were happy in their work. Mind, heart, and will acted in perfect harmony. In their labor they found no weariness, no toil. Their hours were filled with useful work and communion with each other. Their occupation was pleasant. God and Christ visited them and talked with them. They were given perfect freedom. . . . God was the owner of their Eden home. They held it under Him.” – Ellen G. White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 10, p. 327.
12 comment(s) for this post:
- Beverley Rossini:
18 Jan 2018 "... God and Christ visited them and talked with them... ." - Ellen G. White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 10, p. 327. I cannot understand why there is mention of "God" and "Christ" as though there are two individuals.
- Debra D Henry:
19 Jan 2018 Like in the beginning, the LORD, said let us make man.It was more than one. God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Three working for our salvation. So God and Christ was doing what they do.They visited and they talked.
19 Jan 2018 They are three in one, even Christ always mention the Father(God.)
- Colon Wiggan:
19 Jan 2018 On :Further Thought" for Friday's lesson, the last paragraph states - "Adam and Eve were given the garden of Eden to care for. ... God and Christ visited them ..." Sister Beverly Rossini wrote above, "I cannot understand why there is mention of "God" and "Christ" as though there are two individuals." In other words, she does not accept as factual that two beings, "God and Christ" visited them. She is correct and I can find no evidence of such a statement in the Scriptures of Genesis to Malachi. Genesis 1:1; In the beginning, God (singular) created ... Genesis 1:26; And God (singular) said, Let us (plural) make man Only God is the Creator, Ecclesiastes 12:1, Isaiah 40:28, so he could not be speaking to another creator therefore on further study you will find that God is speaking to the angels who are witnessing the creation of the new planet called Earth, see Job 38:7, Genesis 11:7 as evidence. Genesis 1:27; So God (singular) created man ... Genesis 2:7; And the Lord God (singular) formed man ... Genesis 1:28; And the Lord God (singular) blessed them ... Genesis 3:8; And they (Adam & Eve) heard the voice of the Lord God (singular) ... Genesis 3:9; And the Lord God (singular) called ... Genesis 3:13; And the Lord God (singular) said unto the woman (Eve) ... After examining the applicable Scriptures, there must therefore be another reason, another explanation for the belief that "all things were made by him", that is, by Jesus Christ. By the way, the name Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus does not appear anywhere in the Scriptures from Genesis to Malachi yet notwithstanding God himself in the form called Jesus Christ told the church - John 5:39; Search the Scriptures (Genesis to Malachi), for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. It is interesting that Jesus Christ said, you think that it is the Scriptures that give eternal life however the Scriptures testify of me. Me who? This begs the question, Who was Jesus Christ? The Truth always leads to a desire for more. Experience a holy Sabbath and remember we cannot keep the Sabbath holy unless we ourselves are holy.
- Andrew Bernard:
19 Jan 2018 Christ is the spoken word of God which became flesh and the Holy Spirit is his power in operation. God spoke and his word created, God put his Spirit in man and he became a living soul. Three in one operating together. What a mystery.
- EDWARD AKANTAMBIRA:
19 Jan 2018 Adam and Eve were given "beautiful" garden where the problem came from but the problem was not the garden but failure to adhere the landords's instructions the same applies to material world, its not bad,but we must honor God with all our possessions.
- Roger Metzger:
19 Jan 2018 There is a sense in which theology is relatively “unimportant”. I should be “big enough” to be able to work or worship with people whose theology is different from mine. There may even be ways that we can “work together” in the process of encouraging people to trust the Lord. At the same time, there are two ways that theology IS important. 1) My theology has an effect on how I understand what I read in my Bible. 2) In the process of encouraging people to trust the Lord, there are advantages and disadvantages to the use of certain words and phrases. The word, “god”--whether or not it is capitalized, is understood by most English-speaking people to mean anything or anyone who is worshiped. The word, “worship”, is understood to mean more than prayer--more than attending formal meetings in church buildings. Worship includes anything we do that shows who has our highest allegiance. I consider God the Son to be “God’s thought made audible”. Have you ever seen a “red letter edition” of the Bible? It seems to be the intention of the publishers of such Bibles to print the words of Jesus in red letters. So far as I know, Jesus wasn’t known as Jesus (Yahshua) before his incarnation but I believe the person who spoke to Moses from a bush on Mount Horeb saying, “I AM THAT I AM. . . . Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Ex. 3:14) is the same person who later said, “I AM the Good Shepherd”, “I AM the living Bread”, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, Before Abraham was, I AM”. The word, “trinity”, has the disadvantage of emphasizing the threeness of God without a corresponding emphasis on his oneness. For that reason, I prefer to refer to my God as “triune” and prefer to refer to myself as “triunitarian”. I avoid using the phrase, “God and Christ” and I avoid using the word, “they”, when referring to any two or all three of the three persons who comprise the one God I worship. Some people have been taught that the concept of one God being three persons is incomprehensible and that, because it is incomprehensible, it should not be taught. Each person should decide for himself whether it is incomprehensible and my illustration doesn't “prove” anything but, only this morning, I explained my belief on this subject to the pastor of a Church of God congregation by opening the piano on the lower level of the church building and showing him that, in the treble register, each note is comprised of three strings. When the three strings are properly tuned, they are not “in harmony”. Rather, the three strings function “as one”. The vibrations of each string of the triunision has a physical effect on the other two strings such that the three strings vibrate at exactly the same frequency. It would never be appropriate to refer to a given note on the piano as three notes--although each note in the treble register is comprised of three strings. And it would never be appropriate to refer to the three strings of a triunision as one string, although the three strings comprise only one note. In doing missionary or evangelistic work, I prefer to work with people who are careful about such things. It is appropriate to be “critical” of sloppy theology in the sense of encouraging people to be more precise in their choice of words. At the same time, there are writers whose writings are “inspiring”--writers who even might be considered to be “inspired”--but who weren't/aren’t theologians. I suggest not being too “critical” of their choice of words except in a context where such criticism might help them to hone their communications skills.
- Maurice Ashton:
19 Jan 2018 Whenever the topic of the Godhead comes up, we get a rush of comments on the various alternative views. Here are a few thoughts that we need to consider:
- We are guilty of emphasizing the "threeness" rather than the "oneness". In view of where Christianity is within the modern world where the majority view is that there is no God, our argument about the nature of the Godhead seems somewhat insignificant.
- At the risk of being misunderstood, let me say that we tend to demonise viewpoints about the Godhead other than our own. We use pejorative words, like heresy, papal, and so on to describe other points of view. Most of us are on a journey of discovery, learning about something that can be described and infinite. We are at different stages in that journey and all of us have much to learn. Dialog and discussion should provide for greater understanding
- Don Litchfield:
19 Jan 2018 I agree, Beverley. Saying "God and Christ" seems a bit like talking about you saying, "Beverley and her physical body." One of the texts this week brought out the fact that Christ is the visible manifestation of the invisible God. Jesus also said that the Holy Spirit is invisible like the wind. The only visible person in the Godhead seems to be Christ. We converse with the Father because He is the Character and Mind of Christ. This is instilled in all who are receptive to the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart. I think that the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy teaches that we are made in His image--body, spirit, and mind. It takes the three to make one. When Adam spoke with His Creator he spoke to the One he was patterned after--God, Himself
- Robert Kombil:
19 Jan 2018 Mr Wiggan, Mrs Wiggan and a son are three different persons, with different ideas and tasks and performed quiet differently from each other. I accept that they perform their different task for one specific reason: a strong, godly family who longs to be save for etenity. And I believe thay are Wiggan. Hope this help.
- Don Litchfield:
19 Jan 2018 Thank you, Colon, for your clarity and diligence to keep the truth straight. I believe God is one and was still "one" when Jesus was conceived. To me it seems that Jesus was the physical human temple God was clothed with to reveal Himself to mankind in humanity. Jesus is the antitype of all that the tabernacle in the wilderness typified. He is the real thing. I think Jesus' prayer for us in John 17 is telling us that it is God's will that we be tabernacles that also house the Spirit and the Mind of God as did Jesus. We are to reveal God to the world by accepting His Mind in us that we may show the righteousness and Love of God to all we come into contact with.
- Paul Blanke:
19 Jan 2018 Genesis 1:1 and Isaiah 55:8,9, should contribute something to this discussion. Opinions may be plentiful but we can only submit to authority.
We belong to God, both by creation and by redemption. And not only do we belong to God, but all our possessions do as well. We, of ourselves, own nothing other than our own choices.
In contrast, a central tenet of worldliness is the idea that we are owners of our possessions. Yet this is deception. For Christians to think they are the ultimate owners of their possessions is to think something contrary to what the Word of God teaches.
God, not us, owns everything (Job 38:4-11). We are merely aliens and tenants (Lev. 25:23), just as the Israelites were in the Promised Land. We are even dependent on God for our next breath (Acts 17:25). What we think we own, He owns. We are but His stewards, and as such we are to manage tangible and even intangible possessions to the glory of God.
List the things from the following verses that God owns: Deut. 10:14; Ps. 50:10; Ps. 104:16; Ezek. 18:4; Hag. 2:8; 1 Cor. 6:19-20. What do these texts tell us about how we should view the material things that we have in our possession?
“All things belong to God. Men may ignore His claims. While He bountifully bestows His blessings upon them, they may use His gifts for their own selfish gratification; but they will be called to give an account for their stewardship.” – Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 246.
God’s ownership and our stewardship mandate a relationship, one through which He may use us in ways that will prepare us for heaven and that will benefit and bless others. But unfaithful stewards can restrict the Owner’s access to His own possessions. As we saw yesterday, God does not force His will upon us. He created us, and gave us possessions in this world to manage for Him until He returns. What we do with them reflects the kind of relationship that we have with Him.
|Think through what it means that, in reality, you don’t own any of the things that you possess but that they belong to God. What should that tell you about how you should relate to the things in your possession?|
14 comment(s) for this post:
- Ndagire Florence:
18 Jan 2018 Life is a project, funded by God and we era the accountants , we all know the work of accountant. But my fellow accountants remember that one time one day the auditor is coming to audit you! Qn. Are you ready for the auditor? Are you using your office as an accountant or a cashier as you are supposed to do? let us always read the references of our contract to became the best accountant/ cashier/stewardship so that by the time the auditor comes in we are just ready to receive him since we had his guidance to run the project. Father i need you help to be contented with what i have and i know i can do it with you. Amen
- JC Zielak:
18 Jan 2018 That's all for me! I need a prayer today. Very important, because my home is at stake! Thank God He gives us everything we need!
- Jason [Full Name Please]:
18 Jan 2018 We are indebted to GOD for food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, the air we breathe. Without His special providence, the air would be filled with pestilence and poison. He is a bountiful benefactor and preserver. We are sustained every moment by God's care, and upheld by His power. His love for us made Him to give His only begotten Son as a sin sacrifice to redeem us from the penalty of death and we are to be saved. We to are to give our offerings not to enrich Him but to show our appreciation of His mercies by self-sacrificing efforts to extend the same to others so that people get salvation including us. WE need to uproot the plant of selfishness from our hearts, pride, etc
- Nadine Smith:
18 Jan 2018 Thursday we own nothing in this world
- Andrew Bernard:
18 Jan 2018 True words, this is a war and the battle ground is in our mind. Jacob was in a battle and he decided he was not giving up until he overcomes the trial and when he did God changed his name to Israel, which means overcomers. We need to ask God to help us to be good stewards of our mind because that's where the power is. We must be transformed by the renewing of our MIND.
- Phil van der Klift:
18 Jan 2018 Hi Jason Your comments (in addition to those in the lesson) got me thinking. Is a sense of indebtedness the best motivation for loving God? Is it even a motivation that God wants us to love Him from? Do I want my partner, child or close friend to respond to me from a sense of indebtedness? Or would I rather desire that they freely desire to 'love' me ... no obligation. A sense of indebtedness is so ingrained in our society that I often proactively and deliberate make a point of saying to others that I am giving them something with absolutely no obligation. I find I need to say this because it is so common when I give someone something for them to say to me in response, "Thanks, I owe you". I don't want others to feel that our relationship/interaction has any sense of indebtedness to it just because I chose to give them something. I didn't give it to them to get something back - I gave it to them just because and in the hope it would be a help/blessing to them - period! I would propose that 'no obligation' is the best environment for the 'plant of selfishness' to die a natural death. Maybe I'm wrong...
- Phil van der Klift:
18 Jan 2018 Ellen White's comment in today's lesson says that Men "will be called to give an account for their stewardship". While I absolutely agree that from the perspective of God-based 'reality' we are accountable/responsible for our actions/choices/etc, my question is to what or whom will we be called to give an account? To (a) God or to (b)the reality that God both inhabits and created? For example, if I violate the laws of health, or perhaps the law of gravity, to what or whom will I be called to give an account?
- Maurice Ashton:
18 Jan 2018 I have a couple of atheist friends who have as a basis for their ethics that they do right simply because it is the right thing to do. They do not see is as an action to avoid pain, or bring personal happiness. Nor is it done to satisfy someone other person's sense of ethics. There is no sense of reward, or punishment. In one sense I tend to agree with them because often we think in terms of satisfying God's requirements - and fall into the trap of legalism. I have asked the question before: If there was no heaven, how would that change our behaviour?
- Maurice Ashton:
18 Jan 2018 Maybe it is a case of growing in our understanding.
- caleb mokaya:
18 Jan 2018 let us ask God to give us pure hearts to know that what we have belongs to God and we are His servants assigned to take care of what God made
- Robert Jackson:
19 Jan 2018 I am a stranger in a foreign land. Nothing belongs to me, but to Him who owns the land. If I am to remain in the dwelling place, the Landlord expects me to take care of His property! Else, I will be evicted. I am not my own, but the Potters.' This temple I must take care of, which is the dwelling place of the the Spirit! In perspective. The lesson truly reveals our place, and that of God. I am humbled!
- Andrew Bernard:
19 Jan 2018 God's love is unconditional; he don't love us because we loved him, Christ came out of love. Even when he chastises us it is out of love, because he watches over our souls. Only when we wear the mind of Christ then we will understand how to truly love God. There are two hymns I would like us all to listen to words of (1) "There is a Green Hill far away" (2) "How sweet the name of Jesus sounds" They reminds me of God's deep unconditional love for us and only when we see God as he truly is would we be able to praise him as we should. Blessings
- Pascal Polepole:
19 Jan 2018 I would argue that Ellen White's comment brings to life the aspect of judgment. As people taking care of God's possessions, i believe any disuse of those possessions is subject to questioning by the owner. For instance a nascent farmer hires an agro-consulting firm to manage his farm. Any misappropriation of the farm properties bythis firm becomes a point of contention which might lead to either review or cancellation alltogether, of the relationship the owner has with this firm. I think this is the same with God. Everything is his as abundantly made clear in the Bible and we are caretakers. As we take the care, we should realize that one day, all that we do with our possessions will be reviewed before the judgment seat and penalties or rewards given according to the performance. That is my simple understanding.
- Don Litchfield:
20 Jan 2018 How does the law of God that says, "Thou shalt not steal or the one that says thou shalt not covet" fit into this concept of no ownership? If there are no boundaries of ownership, stealing is not possible because everything is in common, belonging only to God. Does the law of God not create ownership? If your things are not mine or yours, how can I know what to not covet or steal? It would seem to me that true Love would produce automatic boundaries that would protect your things from me if I like them--giving you ownership and recognizing that God is the source of all things continuously. We are to be like a river, sharing as there is need, but only receiving from God to give and not to take from others. We must not feel that we are entitled to the things of others.