Genesis 12:1-7 (1/21/21)

The Entrepreneur's Journey

January 21, 2021 • Benham Brothers

* An entrepreneur starts with a dream, not knowing how it will end up. * This was Abe’s story. * Vs 1-3 - it all starts with a dream. * God didn’t give him much information. * So what made Abe act without having all the information? * Faith in God that He’s in charge of the destination. * That faith manifested itself in action - obedience in moving toward the goal. * One commentator said of Abe’s journey - ““ …Abe’s story is he process of journeying to a destination unspecified. The effect of deferring essential information is—strangely—to make [Abraham’s] destination more precious. He will travel without the support of prior knowledge, in a sense without solid ground under his feet. The land that God will show him will first live in his imagination.” * Vs 4 - he brought Lot (partial obedience). * This cost him later on. * Vs 5-6 - Abe obeyed, clinging in faith to God. * Vs 7a - God “shows it to you” in your imagination. Then, if you’re faithful like Abe, He “gives it to you.” * Vs 7b - He responded in worship. * You know your motive is pure by how you respond when the thing comes to pass (or doesn’t come to pass). * All of this makes a great story - a “God” story that becomes a testimony in your life. * The best movies are stories that show a person’s journey. * Two elements of a great story: * 1) An external goal. * 2) Internal transformation. * The journey toward the external goal leads, whether you achieved it or not, must lead to internal transformation. * For Abraham, “the place I will show you” was not just about a specific destination, but an internal transformation. * Genesis 17:1-5 - 13 years passed since the covenant had been given - in that time it was nothing but silence. * In Abe’s waiting, he got a new name. * He was made into the person who could handle the place where God wanted him to be. * The reward for waiting - God “gives” us what He wanted to “show” us. * Vs 8 - God originally told Abe “Go to the land I’ll SHOW you…” * Now He says “I’m going to GIVE it to you…”

Leviticus 25:18-22 (3/4/21)

Make God Your Work Partner • March 4, 2021 • Benham Brothers

* God wants to be your partner at work. * But you have to do things His way. * Backstory - God had given Israel some laws to obey in order to teach them how to trust Him. * Honoring the Sabbath was one of those laws. * They also had to take a a Sabbath year every 7th year - no working the land at all. * On top of that, they were required to take the 50th year off as well, which would be a double-Sabbath year rest (49th & 50th years in a row). Year of Jubilee. * We have no record of Israel ever honoring the 7th year or 50th year Sabbaths (this is one of the reasons the Babylonian captivity was necessary). * The principle is still powerful - honor God and He’ll honor you. * Vs 18-22 - God wants to bless your work!!! * The Israelites were farmers - that would be like telling a stock broker to pull out of the market and no longer trade, but then God says, “I’ll fill your portfolio with so many good stocks you can’t count the money!” * EX: Franchise story - don’t market! * God will provide, but only as you fully trust Him with the results.

Psalms 23:1-3 (3/4/21)

Controlling Your Desires • March 4, 2021 • Benham Brothers

* “Not wanting is as good as having” - Seneca. * When you want something, you can choose one of two things: * 1) Get it. * 2) Stop wanting it. * #1 requires ambition. * #2 requires contentment. * #1 meets the external “felt” need. * #2 meets the internal “true” need. * Contentment is the path that David takes us on in this Psalm. * Vs 1 - He essentially says, “With God as my guide, I am not in a state of continually wanting more and more stuff…” * Famous quote - “Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” * Vs 2-3 - a picture of contentment. * A professional shepherd, Phillip Keller, wrote a book on Psalms 23. He said that in order for a sheep to lie down four things are requires: * 1) They must be FULL. * 2) They much be UNAFRAID. * 3) They must be CONTENT. * 4) They must be in UNITY (those around him need the first three things). * Problem - if you don’t get vs 1 right, vs 2-3 aren’t possible. * Want is like the magnifying glass on a piece of paper on the sidewalk in the Texas summer heat. * It magnifies the sun’s light and intensifies its heat until the paper is burned up. * What you focus on magnetizes in your mind and your longing for it intensifies until you’re burned up. * EX: Jake w/every new thing - “dad, we need a boat!” * The result is always emptiness - you get the thing but it doesn’t satisfy you like you thought it would. * Here are three ideas on how you can want something less: * 1) Acknowledge the cost - you may want a Ferari, but getting it means you have to pay the bill… and never parking in a normal spot again. * You were free before you had it, but you give up your freedom to get it. * Imagine every time you formed a new want, you drew up a contract detailing what you would give up in exchange for the thing. * “I promise to be unhappy until I get _________.” * Don’t put on the “golden handcuffs.” * 2) Desire stacking - keep your bigger desire the focus, rather than the smaller desire. * EX: I’ve always wanted a lifted truck. But that short-term desire took a backseat to my long-term desire of independent wealth. * Prioritizing your desires helps you remain content. * 3) Delay until expiry - don’t let yourself get something until you’ve delayed for a period of time. * Purposeful delays often times makes the desire go away. * EX: Give yourself a 30 day buffer before you buy your thing… * Not wanting is as good as having.

Mark 6:31 (3/4/21)

Get More Margin • March 4, 2021 • Benham Brothers