Why is it that  so many Christians live without financial peace? It always seems to be just beyond arms’ reach.

Do we not make enough money?
Does it seem that money does not last long enough?
Are we burdened with too may bills?
Does it always seem that misfortune happens to only us?

In This Episode We Look At:

Discontentment

While we may believe the word means  not content, the Hebrew word mãr means: bitter, chafed, great bitterness, angry

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one.”

-Benjamin Franklin

 It’s so easy to get discontent:

Your Spouse doesn’t view money the way you do
We compare ourselves to others. 2 Cor. 10:12
We feel we deserve better
We simply don’t have what we think we want
We easily get upset when things we value are damaged or wear out
We live amongst a culture whose recipe for happiness is “More!”
Scripture teaches:

Ecc. 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

The Elusive Key: Gratitude
The phrase “give thanks” or “giving thanks” appears 98 times Scripture

We when are genuinely thankful , for what Christ has done for us, for who we are in Christ, for what we have and even don’t have- we will have Contentment!

CONTENTMENT :Internal satisfaction which does not demand changes in external circumstances

1 Timonthy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

Paul taught that he learned  to be content

Phil. 4:11-12 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Today’s Resources and Links:

The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom <affiliate link>

Manual of Theology, First Part: A Teatise on Christian Doctrine <free e-book>

 

One Thing You Can Do Today to Improve Your Faith and Finances:
Begin each day by thanking God for as many things you can think of during your prayer time and continue to thank Him throughout the day. Let gratitude choke out discontentedness.

What Are Your Thoughts?
If you have a question or comment about today’s topic, we invite you to share your thoughts.

 

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