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									 Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God
  without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him
  must believe that God exists and that he
  rewards those who sincerely seek him.
 1 Corinthians 9:24 - 26 24Don’t you realize that
  in a race everyone runs, but only one person
  gets the prize? So run to win! 25All athletes are
  disciplined in their training. They do it to win a
  prize that will fade away, but we do it for an
  eternal prize. 26So I run with purpose in every
  step. I am not just shadowboxing.
How to Receive Your Rewards

          Run to Win!
I. Rewarded Balaam Style
 Numbers 22-24
  ● King Balak attempts to bribe Prophet Balaam
  ● Pay Balaam to curse Israelites
  ● Don’t go – don’t curse Israel for they have
    been blessed
  ● Balak tries again
     ▪ Don’t let anything stop you
     ▪ Pay well and do what you tell me
● Balaam’s “noble” response? – Even if Balak
  were to give me his palace filled with silver
  and gold, I would be powerless to do anything
  against the will of my God – but let me check
  again
● God permits him to go – but angry about it
   ▪ “not my will but yours be done”
● Spiritual insight from a Donkey…
● Balaam blesses
  Israel 4 times
● Balak – “the Lord
  has kept you from
  your reward”
 Israel’s downfall – Numbers 25:1-3
   ● Sexual relations with Moabite women
   ● Idolatry
   ● The Lord’s anger blazed against his people
 Balaam – Noble or Naughty?
  ● Deuteronomy 23:4 - 5 4These nations did not
    welcome you with food and water when you
    came out of Egypt. Instead, they hired Balaam
    son of Beor from Pethor in distant Aram-
    naharaim to curse you. 5But the LORD your
    God refused to listen to Balaam. He turned
    the intended curse into a blessing because
    the LORD your God loves you.
● Numbers 31:16 16“These are the very ones
  who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the
  people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at
  Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused
  the plague to strike the LORD’s people.
● Revelation 2:14 “But I have a few complaints
  against you. You tolerate some among you
  whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who
  showed Balak how to trip up the people of
  Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food
  offered to idols and by committing sexual sin.
● Jude 1:11 What sorrow awaits them! For they
  follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his
  brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for
  money. And like Korah, they perish in their
  rebellion.
 2 Peter 2
   ● V.1 – False teachers among you
   ● V.3 – In their greed, they will make up clever
     lies to get hold of your money
   ● V.12 – these false teachers…
   ● V.15-16 – followed the footsteps of Balaam
     who loved to earn money from wrong doing
II. Rewarded Daniel Style
 Daniel 5
  ● Many years later Belshazzar gives a great
    feast
  ● The writing on the wall
● Royal robes,
  Gold necklace,
  third highest
  ruler if you will
  interpret
● Keep your gifts
  or give them to
  someone else
● I will tell you
  what it means
● Daniel rewarded
III. Let the Rewards Come
 1 Peter 5:1-6
   ● Care for (Shepherd) the flock
   ● Not for what you will get out of it (your own
     gain)
   ● When Jesus returns you will receive a crown
     of glory and honor
   ● All serve each other in humility
   ● God will lift you up in honor at the right time
 Psalms 18:20 The LORD has rewarded me
  according to my righteousness; According to the
  cleanness of my hands He has recompensed
  me.
 Proverbs 11:18 The wicked earns deceptive
  wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a
  true reward.
 Proverbs 22:4 The reward of humility and the
  fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
 Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly,
  and My reward is with Me, to render to every
  man according to what he has done.
 ANTICIPATE A REWARDING YEAR!!!
             Interaction Time
 What is the difference between a reward and a
  bribe?
 What do you think should be our response to
  rewards as described in the Word of God?
 What are some of the rewards you have
  received in this life and what are the rewards yet
  to come?

								
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