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It's Enough!

It's Enough!
    Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
    Q:How much is enough?
    In the car and motorcycle world there is a saying that really tells the truth of what most of us truly believe. When asked, "How much Horsepower is enough?" The response goes like this:
    *Some is good
    *More is better, and
    *Too much is just right!
    One of the things I have learned within my life is that when it comes to obtaining, it seems like what we have is never enough. Some would even say, We can ALWAYS use a little more. It doesnt matter if youre talking about closet space, garage space, food in the cupboards, or money in the bank. If given the opportunity, we will usually push the envelope and try to get that little extra for the Just in case scenarios we will all face.
     We can say that we are content, but it is our nature to continually keep our eyes open to something new or different that we would like to have. Usually, if we try to pursue these things, it requires getting more money, and this in itself becomes another desire to obtain.
    Taking an unhealthy (covetous) look at something that another person possesses could trigger our minds to want that particular thing, or something similar. It could be anything from a pair of tennis shoes, to a tennis bracelet; from a remote controlled toy car to a new gas friendly Prius (Using better fuel mileage to justify the purchase of course). It could be someone elses job that is being coveted, or even someone elses spouse. When it comes to satisfying the flesh, there doesnt seem to be to many boundaries that are not being crossed in our culture, and within these times we are living.
    When a person covets, they are pursuing selfish aims, whether sexual or financial, without any regard to the rights of others. We are being warned in the scripture above to keep from this type of conduct. And we are being encouraged to be content with whatever we have.
    To covet simply means that we are not being content with what God has provided for us, nor our we content in our relationship with Him.
    So what does it mean to be content?
    In Stoic philosophy, to be content would mean that a person would be able to unemotionally accept whatever came their way. And if the circumstances could not be changed, then it was obviously Gods will, so worrying was useless. But this philosophy fosters a self-sufficiency in which all the resources for coping with life are located within ones self.
    The bible teaches otherwise. We are taught that we are to find our contentment, and our sufficiency in God alone.
    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 2Corinthians 3:5 (NKJV)
    I remember when Carol and I were first married. We didnt have much of anything, and yet I didnt care about that. I was so caught up in my relationship with her, that I found that I was very content, no matter what we had, or didnt have. As long as I was with her, the rest didnt matter. After 29-years of marriage, I feel the same. That is what it should be like with our relationship with the Lord. As we spend time getting to know Him through His Word, we will find that we are absolutely content.
    You see, having a proper relationship with the Lord keeps us balanced and provides for everything we need. Having a relationship with this world never satisfies. It always demands different stuff and more of it.
    Hebrews 13:5 is a scripture that we should memorize for future quoting, because the words point to the complete reliability of God and His promises. As Christians, we can know with the highest confidence that we are secure no matter what comes our way, because God is with us, and He will never leave us.
    I have a friend who sent me an email with a picture of a t-shirt the other day. It had some great words to think upon.
    *Power: Will leave you heartless
    *Lust: Will leave you loveless
    *Money: Will leave you comfortless
    *Drugs: Will leave you senseless
    *Jesus: Will never leave you regardless
    Hey Christian, the next time you feel as though what you have isnt enough, remember what has already been given, and whom it is that has given it, and continues to provide. I think that youll agree that Its enough!
    STUDY QUESTION: What should our conduct reflect according to the scripture above?
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you put your focus on other things that are drawing you away from the loving relationship that you once had with Jesus?
    APPLICATION: Place your focus on the Lord. Read His Word. Pray to Him, and spend time with Him. Meditate on the things that He has done for you, and is preparing for you. Apply what you are reading daily, and watch the relationship grow.
    Father, Thank You for Your love and mercy. Thank You for taking the time to have a special relationship with me. I pray that my eyes would be opened to Your ways, and Your will for each area of my life. I realize that You are all that I need, and that my contentment will never be in anything that is in this world. In Jesus precious name, amen...
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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