I Already Have

God will meet all your needs! 
Philippians 4:8

Don't face the day until you face God. 
Pastor Scott

 

11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13

 

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Here we go again, a new year brings the same old challenges and at the top of the list is contentment. The problem is I have been trained to love new and to despise same.

Billions of dollars have been spent by advertisers every year to tell me one thing:  be discontent and dissatisfied with your life.  It doesn’t matter if I am making minimum wage or mega money, the message is that “more” of whatever it is, newer and better, is just around the corner and waiting for me.  

ESPN says every night “ if some is good…more is better!” So, I chase “it” just as long as it is new and it makes me feel new. 

I buy things I don’t need with money I don’t have to impress people I don’t even know.  New is good, and same is bad.

Car dealers, Wal-Mart, Sharper Image — even your local marriage counselor — are all in business and going strong because of people’s insatiable bent toward “new.” 

The “new” mentality corrodes and eventually erodes our satisfaction with what God has called us to keep, cultivate, and be thankful for.

The turning point in this battle comes when we are willing to risk embracing God’s purpose for our lives—more specifically, when we allow our character to be shaped through contentment with less rather than constantly devoting our time, thoughts, and God-given talents to acquiring stuff.

Lack of contentment is devastating to faith in God who loves us and uses every situation to build us into the likeness of Jesus.

He has created us to be like His Son who was faithful and content to do the will of His father even if it meant death on a cross—whereas Satan has the opposite intention.

I knew a man years ago who allowed me to hunt on his land.

He had thousands of acres, and I asked him one day “how much more land do you want to own?”  

He responded, “Well my goal is to own all the land that touches mine.” in other words he was saying “it will never be enough.”

Sad, because we all seem to live that way. 

So here is the question as we head into 2017…. is Jesus enough?

Father help me to be content with the life you have given me and the promise of Jesus. May I live in 2017 like I have been granted a daddy who loves me and provides for me and is wealthier than anyone in this world—a daddy who graciously gives me all I need…Wait a minute! I already have all of that! Never mind Lord. Thank you for loving me Daddy. You are the best!

Go give em heaven.
I love you all,

Pastor Scott
Happy New Year