Scripture reading for October 1st: 1 Timothy 6, Psalm 46, Proverbs 11
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
Paul encouraged his son in the faith to continue to be godly and learn contentment. The pull of our world toward riches and fame is strong. When the desire to become rich in this world replaces the desire to be rich in our relationship with God, nothing but ruin and destruction can follow. We will take no riches of this world into the next. If we lose our soul for earthly gain, we have lost everything.
Faith Confession: I choose to be a godly man and live in contentment with God’s provision for me in this world. I am thankful for daily food and clothing and a place to stay. Lord, deliver me from the trap of seeking earthly riches and fame.
Proverbs 11:4-5 “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.”
Scripture reading for March 23rd: 1st Samuel 29-31, 2nd Samuel 1
Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 30:6-8 “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me an ephod. Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” He answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
David and his men returned to their encampment to find their women and children gone and their goods plundered. The men were bitter and blamed David. David turned to the Lord for strength and directions. God assured him of victory and restoration of all that was lost!
Thankful for strength from God: God gives strength to His people through His Word and promises! “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
Scripture reading for September 6th: Philippians 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Philippians 4:11-13 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed of hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Paul was in jail in Rome and had to depend on the churches he had founded for his support. In reality, Paul knew it was Christ who provided for his needs and the needs of the church! But sometimes, he was hungry and had no food. At other times he had needs that no one met and he felt alone and suffered. But Paul shared the secret of his learning to be content with whatever circumstances he found himself in: He could do all things through Jesus Christ who gave him strength. He was not alone and in Christ he could be content knowing that “my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:18)
Observations for over-comers: The choice to rest in Christ Jesus and His strength and ability to meet every need keeps us full of joy and contentment no matter what our life-circumstance. “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; . .” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)