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1. opening statements

2. bags with holes

3. Priorities

4. Contentment

5. stewardship

6. Personal duties

7. Giving



1Timothy 6:6-8  But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

The worldly system is designed to enslave people into debt. Of course they offer buy now and pay later, there are times that we may have to use this system, for example: the purchase of a house but that doesn't means we have to use it for our every little whim.

The advertisements cater to our fleshly desires and suggest that we need this or that. They suggest that we will be happier, better, more acceptable etc. It's just business to them, the banks are all to willing to loan you the money, that's how they stay in business. There is an all out campaign to ensnare the masses. The average person is subjected to hundreds of advertisements daily. Just check out your TV and count how many there are in one hour.

So do we have to have the latest fashion? How about the new automobile that some purchase every year. Of course our children must have the latest Nike shoes to impress their friends. I'm speaking to the majority of us, only God knows how many of us are drowning in a sea of debt, because of our foolishness.

I most certainly do understand, having children of my own and grandchildren as well.

Please notice the following:

Pro 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Think about it, if I buy something on credit, I have to make the payments. If I don't use wisdom, common sense and self control, then I can become ensnared by this system. If that happens then I must work more, my wife may have to work, etc. All this extra work puts a strain on our marriage, we lose precious time with each other, our children and the things that are of true value.

Let's talk about Christmas

The malls and shopping centers are dancing with glee over this holiday, as they merrily swipe your credit card and ring up another sale. Why is there so much pressure to buy things for people, who many times take it back, give it away, or toss it out? Hey it's not our birthday.

No I'm not a scrooge.

What I'm speaking of; is spending beyond our means. Should I spend my rent money, my grocery money? Should it take me all year to pay off the debt that I occur at Christmas time?
I know of people who do this.

My dear mother, who has gone on to be with the Lord, use to apologize because she couldn't afford to buy presents for Christmas. She would worry and fret over it, she was my mom, there was no greater gift that she could give to me. I know a few of the many sacrifices that she made for me.

Christmas and other holidays such as Valentines day play upon our emotions, not that it's wrong to give at these times but common sense must keep us in balance. Pressure! pressure! pressure!  I don't need a holiday to tell me when to offer an expression of my love in the form of flowers or candy etc.

Back to contentment

Philippians 4:11  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Hebrews 13:5   Be free from the love of money, be content with such things as you have, for he has said, "I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you."

Can the bottomless pit of contentment ever be filled?

How many pairs of shoes does it take?
How many cars?
How many____________________?

As a Christian this world is not my home, I am only passing through. The Lord instructs us to be content with what we have, because He is with us and will never forsake us. Just think about it, a personal relationship with the creator of the universe. Let me tell you something, that new car cannot even compare, with my Lord!

He is my Savior, my Lord, my King, my Shepherd, my Friend and the list goes on and on as I discover more about Him. Only in Him can true contentment be found. I don't have to have the latest thing, I don't have to climb the highest mountain, I don't have to compete with my neighbors.

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

I have learned that the Lord will supply what ever I have need of and that if I wait on Him, It will not be a burden to me.

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The Lord said to me once "good things come to those who wait" 

Only the Lord knows how often Christians rush ahead and buy or sale etc. without ever   praying and seeking God's advise or direction. From personal experience I have learned to seek God first. He will give it to me in such a way as to keep me from being enslaved by this world system. I once was in need of a car and was looking at one that was priced at $5200.00 as I stood there listening to the salesman, I heard the Holy Spirit say, "offer him $3500.00 , he took the offer.

There has been times that I needed something and was impressed to wait before buying it. Often it would be on sale a short time later.

If we would only pray and seek God, before____ ___ __ __ __ it would save us a lot of aggravation and stress.

Honey what do you think? Yes that house is sure nice, I love the way it is laid out, the new this and the new that. How much is it?  WOW that much. I don't think we can swing those payments. Hum!  maybe I can work some overtime, maybe I can get a part time job.

Just Maybe!

Three years later

I just don't want to live this way.  I just don't feel anything anymore. I filed the papers today.

My lawyer will be in touch with yours.

Yes it's for sale, when she left, it just became a big empty lonely house.


Let us be content with Jesus, our love, and such things as we have.