Exodus 20:15; You shall not steal.
Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in
me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the
commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is
spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not understand my
own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do
what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact, it is no longer I that do it,
but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is,
in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I
want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no
longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
1 Timothy 6 9-10
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless
and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of
money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have
wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
1. How has your week been?
2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week?
3. Read the passages again.
4. Do you have a bucket list? What is on it.
5. Are you content with what you have?
6. What gives you your greatest joy?
7. What do the passages tell us about God?
8. What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?
9. What is challenging in these passages?
10.Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?
11.What am I going to do about it?
12. Who am I going to share it with?
13. Be prepared to share back next week.
Oh Lord, You are my shepherd and I should not be in want, but so often I struggle to be content and do want; forgetting that you have graciously provided me with every spiritual blessing in Christ and everything I need for life and godliness. Thank you for often not giving me what I want because my desires would draw my heart from being satisfied in You. Help me to be content in You with what You have given me and to not be focused on what my flesh wants or the world tells me I should have. Protect me from coveting possessions or people, talent or influence, relationships or prestige. Keep my heart from being anxious for what I don’t have and make me thankful for the numerous gifts that You have already given. According to Your Word and steadfast love, fill me with the joy and satisfaction of contentment in Christ. Help me learn to be content in any situation like Paul and to quickly reject the idolatry that dwells beneath the surface of my coveting. I ask you to continually bring to mind your faithful provision for all of my needs, that Christ died for the sin of coveting, that in Christ I am free to be content and live righteously, and that godliness with contentment is greater gain than pleasing my flesh. And may I be humbled and changed by the ultimate example of contentment; of Christ becoming poor in order that I could become rich, and being content to go to the cross to fulfill the Father’s will to rescue a people for Himself who can be free from discontent and zealous for good works. a prayer for finding contentment written by Kevin Halloran:
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