Thursday
Jul 15th, 2021
The Games We Play: Monopoly (Greed)
By: Gary Black
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Philippians 4:12 I have learned the secret of being content in every situation... (NIV)

Nothing destroys contentment like greed. In fact, we can't be greedy and content at the same time. Paul wrote, “So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” But how? Two suggestions:

  • Learn contentment. It’s a process that requires practice. It’s setting the sail of the mind and spirit in an intentional direction as we pursue a Jesus-kind-of-life. Friends, when He’s our supreme passion, we’ll discover a God who hears us, a peace within us, a Holy Spirit who guides us, grace for every sin, direction for every decision, a candle for every darkness, and an anchor for every storm. Develop the habit of fellowship with Jesus; all roads to contentment go through Him.
  • Give your time to things that outlast time. Which of your possessions will you have 100 years from now? The answer is: Not a single one. Our cars will be rusty heaps at a junkyard. Our bodies will be in a grave. Our house, if still standing, will be rickety, in dire need of repair. It’s likely that even our children will be gone too. The only thing we’ll still have 100 years from now is our faith in God. Jim Elliot put it succinctly: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Amen.

Dear ones, we all have these swiss-cheesy holes in our soul that only God can fill—deep longings that rise in the night and creep up on us when we’re alone and discouraged. Possessions can’t fill those voids. Money can’t take away the fear that grips us when our kids are using drugs, or our marriage is in trouble. Money can’t stop a fatal disease or the inevitable press of aging. Smack them down… and they’ll still rise again, won’t they?

Here’s what I want you to remember: True wisdom and a successful life is learning to say in every situation, “I have Jesus for this.” You know something? You do! Please… don't ever forget that.

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