“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.
1st Timothy 6:6-10; Hebrews 13:5-6; Philippians 4:11-13
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.”
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.”
“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.”
I. A Developed Attitude
= “to be independent or self-sufficient”
has more to do
with focus than finances.”
“the epidemic of boredom
in our culture
among suburban affluent
(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?
5 years of age,
“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.”
A. Right Expectations
“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.”
“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.”
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared
for those who love Him.”
“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.”
“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.”
“All the things that are done
under the sun
a chasing after the wind.”
Be on your guard
against all kinds of greed;
a man's life
does not consist
in the abundance
of his possessions.”
“The sleep of a laborer
whether he eats little or much,
but the abundance
of a rich man
"There are 10 rules
for getting rid
of the discontentment blues:
Go out and do something
for someone else
and repeat it
God has “...set eternity
in the hearts of men.”