Sermon Notes 2022 11 06 AM

November 06, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#4 in series)

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Issues of the Heart: Greed and Discontentment 

 

Proverbs 28:25; Philippians 4:11-13

 

“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.” – Proverbs 28:25, NIV

 

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:11-13

 

Important Concept: The __ of our faith determines the __ of our life.

 

Definition: Greed is a strong and __ desire for more of something irrespective of need.

 

What is the biblical prescription for greed?

1) Trust God over __, work ethic, or worldly self-interest.

2) Trust and __ the promptings of the Holy Spirit in relation to giving.

3) Trust God to prompt you when biblical __ devolve into selfish and sinful desires.

 

Definition: Contentment refers to being happy or __ with what one has or the circumstances in which one exists.

 

Contentment is a __ virtue.

 

Contented people __ in the Lord and delight in His Word.

 

“You cannot find complete satisfaction in any temporal gift, because you were not created to find your delight in them. Even if you possessed all the good things God has created, you could not feel happy and glad; all your gladness and happiness rest in the God who created those things.” – Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

 

What do you do if God prompts you about greed or discontentment?

1) Recognize __ as sin.

2) Repent of sin often and quickly.

3) __ to Jesus (put on Christ).

4) Remember to live with joy and gratitude.

 

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