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Learning the Secret of Contentment

July 9, 2016 Speaker: Series: Life Lessons From Old Testament People

Passage: Exodus 20:17, Matthew 6:31–6:33, 2 Corinthians 4:18, Luke 12:15, Philippians 4:11

 

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Don't Covet... Anything  Exodus 20:17 NLT

You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

God Will Meet Your Needs  Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

What We Covet Won't Last  2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Covetousness is Deceptive  Luke 12:15 NLT

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.

2 Corinthians 10:12 NLT

Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!

We Have to Learn Contentment  Philippians 4:11 NLT

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 NKJV

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Remember:  Godliness with contentment is great gain.

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