Psalm 107:9; Psalm 63:5
: Is it possible to be completely satisfied in this/our lifetime?
What are the challenges? Let me address two matters; covetousness and greed.
Exodus 20:17 commands us not to covet.
Here is a critical key
: This commandment in Exodus 20:17 is different from the other nine commandments in that it deals not with what we do but with what we are.
Greed is similar to covetousness. It is a desire to have and desire as much as possible.
: Sermon, ‘When Greed becomes God.’ Col. 3:5
Paul tells the Colossians that
‘they must put to death their sinful nature with regard to “greed, which amounts to idolatry”
If greed was a problem for them in that culture, then surely, we who live in this prosperous nation, must come to grips with greed.
resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, , or against another’ssuccess or advantage itself.
: So, what is the key to contentment? What are the opportunities?
I. A Proper Perspective
– (Must be Biblical)
‘Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”’
‘I propose to you that the only way to be truly satisfied and content is by understanding the Bible and of the God of the Bible’.
: not only do we need a proper perspective, but we also need a Proper Practice
II. Proper Practice
Role of Gratefulness / Thanksgiving
M.H. One of the simple philosophies that I try to live by is that, ‘Others may have it better than I do, but there are also others who have it much worse’.
My reality is that I am incredibly rich! Blessed by God!
: Satisfaction. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones right, ‘I can’t get no…satisfaction’!
To what degree we are ever satisfied really is a matter of how we see, understand and appreciate our status believing that God is ultimately our source and redeemer.
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