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“Godliness with Contentment”. 1 st Timothy 6:6-10; Hebrews 13:5-6; Philippians 4:11-13. 1st Timothy 6:6-10. 6 - Godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 - For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

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godliness with contentment

“Godliness with Contentment”

1st Timothy 6:6-10; Hebrews 13:5-6; Philippians 4:11-13

1st timothy 6 6 10
1st Timothy 6:6-10
  • 6 - Godliness with contentment is great gain.
  • 7 - For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
  • 8 - But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
  • 9 - People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
  • 10 - For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
hebrews 13 5 6
Hebrews 13:5-6
  • 5 - Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
  • 6 - So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
philippians 4 11 13
Philippians 4:11-13
  • 11 - I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
  • 12 - I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
  • 13 - I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength.
slide5
James 4:2 “We want something but don't get it. We kill and covet but we cannot have what we want so we quarrel and fight.”
dr marty seligman professor of psychology university of pennsylvania mental illness since ww 2
Dr. Marty Seligman Professor of Psychology University of Pennsylvania“Mental Illness since WW 2”
slide8
Statistics: people born after 1945 are 10 times more likely to suffer depression than people born earlier
slide9

Dr. Seligman discovers:“on the whole, you don't find much depression, in non-Westernized cultures before they were modernized… most primitive cultures show almost no cases of depression.”

slide10

Dr. Seligman concludes:“most people in our culture today are caught up in the middle of almost complete self-centeredness – their discontented state causes them to be focused on getting what they want that leads to unhappiness and un-fulfillment… … the more we have; the more we want; and all the more, unhappy we become… discontent is an endless cycle that gets us nothing but more misery.”

authentic faith by gary thomas
"Authentic Faith“ (by, Gary Thomas):

“Contentment is nothing more than 'soul rest.'

It is satisfaction, peace, assurance,

and a sense of well-being that is cultivated

by pursuing the right things.

Instead of more power, more money,

more pleasure and more control,...

we seek an 'abundance' of grace and peace...

contentment is the opposite of

striving, aching, restlessness, and worry.”

two facts on contentment
Two Facts on Contentment:

I. A Developed Attitude

contentment
“contentment”

= “to be independent or self-sufficient”

bill hybels
Bill Hybels:

“Contentment

has more to do

with focus than finances.”

dr john rosemond columnist psychologist
Dr. John Rosemond(Columnist & Psychologist)

“the epidemic of boredom

in our culture

among suburban affluent

American kids.”

three polls on boredom
Three polls on “boredom”:

(1) Do your kids complain about boredom?

(2) When you were raising your kids, did you hear them complain about boredom?

(3) How many toys did you have growing up?

statistics
Statistics:

the typical

American kid,

on average,

5 years of age,

has

250 toys

ii a learned lesson
II. A Learned Lesson

Philippians 4:11-12

“I have learned to be content

whatever the circumstances.

I have learned the secret of being content

in any and every situation,

whether well fed or hungry,

whether living in plenty or in want.”

c s lewis
C. S. Lewis:

“If you think of this world as a place

intended simply for your happiness,

you find it quite intolerable.

But if you think of this world as a place

of training and correction,

it's not too bad.”

c s lewis21
C.S. Lewis:

“this is just the training ground;

This is where we prepare

for the real world

by accepting Jesus as Savior

and learning to follow Him as Lord,

spending our temporary lives

to do His will and purposes.”

1 st corinthians 2 9
1st Corinthians 2:9

“No eye has seen,

no ear has heard,

no mind has conceived

what God has prepared

for those who love Him.”

b right thinking
B. Right Thinking

Romans 12:2

“Do not be conformed to this world

but be transformed

by the renewing of your mind,

that you may prove

what the will of God is,

that which is good

and acceptable and perfect.”

eugene peterson on romans 12 2
Eugene Peterson (on Romans 12:2)

“Don't become so well adjusted to your culture

that you fit into it without even thinking.

Instead, fix your attention on God;

you'll be changed from the inside out.

Unlike the culture around you,

always dragging you down

to its level of immaturity,

God brings the best out of you

and develops a well-formed maturity in you.”

ecclesiastes 1 14
Ecclesiastes 1:14

“All the things that are done

under the sun

are meaningless,

a chasing after the wind.”

luke 12 15
Luke 12:15

“Watch out!

Be on your guard

against all kinds of greed;

a man's life

does not consist

in the abundance

of his possessions.”

ecclesiastes 5 12
Ecclesiastes 5:12

“The sleep of a laborer

is sweet,

whether he eats little or much,

but the abundance

of a rich man

permits him

no sleep.”

anonymous
Anonymous:

"There are 10 rules

for getting rid

of the discontentment blues:

Go out and do something

for someone else

and repeat it

nine times!!!"

ecclesiastes 3 11
Ecclesiastes 3:11

God has “...set eternity

in the hearts of men.”