TOPIC: Godliness with Contentment (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Sunday, 19 August 2018)

FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 6:5-8

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

The MESSAGE:

It appears the church has been terribly swamped by the society. Rather than teach and preach impactful messages that will transform the society, the church has become as corrupt as the society itself, if not worse. The church is filled with false teachers and preachers, who constantly rob the people of truth. These false teachers profess the Christian faith as a way of getting financial gain. Unlike these false teachers, Paul was always careful not to use his calling and ministry as a means of making money. In fact, he even refused support from the Corinthian church so that no one could accuse him of greed (1 Corinthians 9:8-19). He never used his preaching as a cloak for covetousness (1 Thessalonians 2:5). What a tragedy it is today to see religious racketeers who prey on gullible people, promising them help while taking away their money. What the greedy folks in the church fail to realise is that wealth does not bring contentment. Contentment is an inner sufficiency that keeps us at peace in spite of outward circumstances. True contentment comes from godliness in the heart, not wealth in the hand. A person who depends on material things for peace and assurance will never be satisfied, for material things have a way of losing their appeal. It is the wealthy people, not the poor people, who go to psychiatrists and who are more apt to try to commit suicide.

Wealth is not everlasting since we brought nothing into this world, we cannot carry anything out of it. The craze for wealth, acquisition and accumulation of wealth for generations yet unborn is absolute madness. The preacher called it vanity. Many have lost their sense of decency to the pursuit of riches. Many have forsaken the fear of God for the love of money, and they do anything to get money. Those who are unable to make merchandise of the gospel, temper with church money left in their care. The pursuit of money today is done with total loss of decency, lack of fear of God and placement of zero value on integrity.

Those who look for money at all costs are never contented with whatever they get. They keep on pursuing money endlessly without regard to whose interest is being negatively affected. They may be rich in monetary terms but not rich in God. On the contrary, those presumed poor may not have all the money required to make ends meet, but because they are rich in God, they enjoy much contentment and obviously a better life. They have peace in their souls, peace with men, and peace with God. They do not sacrifice eternal life for earthly pursuits and whatever they get in this world, they express their gratitude to God wholeheartedly. Godliness with contentment is indeed great gain. You will enjoy a better life now and in eternity if only you can be contented with whatever you are able to get righteously. Pursue contentment from today and the Lord shall strengthen you, in Jesus’ name.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
TRUE CONTENTMENT COMES FROM GODLINESS IN THE HEART, NOT WEALTH IN THE HAND.

PROPHETIC WORD:
As you pursue contentment from today, the Lord will strengthen you.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING
1. Spirit of contentment, enter my life now, in the name of Jesus.
2. Holy Spirit, empower me to live above board, in the name of Jesus.
3. Covetousness and greed, get out of my life by fire, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. Holy Spirit, revive my spiritual life, in the name of Jesus.
5. I shall not be a spiritual cheat in the house of God, in the name of Jesus.
6. Wolves in the ministry, be flushed out by fire, in the name of Jesus.
7. False teachings directed at exploiting the children of God, expire by fire, in the name of Jesus.

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