5 – Rest
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. … Read the rest
2 – Choose Contentment
Thinking about what I’ve learned from the past, where I am right now, and my future dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?
You’re going to have to let go of the good to grab a hold of the better.
It’s better to have less of what doesn’t matter and more of what does.
“Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” – Ecclesiastes 4:6
“Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” – Luke 12:15
“A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.… Read the rest
Did God Really Say That?
2 – I Just Want You to Be Happy
“May all who are godly be happy!” – Psalm 97:12
If you believe that God’s supreme goal for you is your happiness, here’s what you eventually start to do:
1. You’ll believe that whatever makes me happy must be right, and whatever makes me unhappy must be wrong.
2. You’ll believe that discomfort, delay, risk, suffering, inconveniences and obstacles can’t possibly be God’s will.
3. You’ll begin to worship the false gods of comfort, money, pleasure and things.
God does not want us to pursue happiness.… Read the rest
3 – Pursuing Popularity
Key Scripture: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
Big Idea: Chasing popularity as a treasure usually produces jealousy as the result.
“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:17
We immediately become discontent when we compare ourselves with other people.
1. It is natural to compare yourself to others.… Read the rest
Happy, Happy, Happy
4 – Great, Great, Great: Serve, Serve, Serve
We are going to wrap up our “Happy, Happy, Happy” series tonight. It’s been our goal in this series to help you understand the difference between entitlement and contentment. Entitlement is so prevalent in the world you and I live in that we hardly notice it. In fact, it isn’t even looked at as a problem but a way of life. Entitlement says this world owes me something because of who I am or what I’ve done. I deserve to have this or be treated like this for no real reason other than because I said so.… Read the rest