June 18, 2019

Be Content - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have, For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

“My Dear Brothers and Sisters from the above context we realize that Hebrews chapter thirteen is concerned about the love of money. Apostle Paul says, keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have for He has said, “ I will never leave you or forsake you. ” This command to be free from the love of money suggests that financial pressures were among the special problems faced by the people of that period of time.

We have full confidence of protection and provision by our God. But in no respect does this guarantee that we will enjoy lives of material prosperity. Jesus never promised us an easy life and our hard work may not be rewarded in this life with wealth or luxury. The above context points out that the Lord will provide all that we need for a life founded on faith. Of course, many faithful believers have experienced severe financial hardship and many have died of exposure, thirst hunger disease and worse. Therefore if we have nothing we do not despair, if we have enough we are content. If we have much we share with others.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our desire for riches and an over anxious care for worldly things and discontentment with what is available, shows ways in preferring the world, to religion. Where one lays up treasures for himself, and is not of any use to others. He does not make use of His substance for the glory of God. This a very great evil. It is idolatry. And it is the root of all evil. A man of God’s conversation should be based on honest dealings. He should deal uprightly and not defraud. He should be liberal and communicate graciously on all occasions.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Loves you just as you are. He will never leave you neither forsake you. Earthly friends may fail you. Even though your children do not understand you, He understands you. You might like to have a friend who would never leave you, or forsake you. Always be close by your side, always ready to help. Jesus desires to be such a friend to you. What a friend we have in Jesus.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, do you have a friend? Is your friend honest with you? Can you trust your friend for who he is? You need a friend who will care for you at all times, both in times of sorrow and joy. Make Jesus your friend. He will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, He will guide you with His eyes. He shall preserve you from all troubles. He will surround you with songs of deliverance. He will cause your face to shine. He will strengthen your heart. Even when your father and mother forsake you, He will take care of you. So make Jesus your friend for He will neither leave you nor forsake you. God bless you.

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Dear Lord, thank you for teaching us to be content with what we have in life. Never to go after worldly things but after things that would lead to Jesus. Not to spend money lavishly but be wise and more economic. Help us to always, enjoy the presence of God in our life, rather than run after earthly things that would perish. Lord be a good friend to us.

In Jesus name we pray.

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