Scriptures: 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Would you like to be rich? The Apostle Paul in the book of 1 Timothy tells you how. This is not a philosophy that is against the teachings of the New Testament, but in fact is an understanding of managing your wealth from God's perspective. We must learn how to be content with what we have, and how to understand where discontentment and dissatisfaction comes from.
"When it comes to your stuff, when it comes to what you have or what you want to have there are always going to be two competing voices: the voice of greed and the voice of God. One leads to discontentment and one leads to contentment. One leads to dissatisfaction and one leads to satisfaction. Paul points out there is a danger to discontent and dissatisfaction. You can fall into a snare. Don’t let your income dictate your lifestyle. Let your lifestyle dictate what you do with your income. If you don’t choose your lifestyle Madison Avenue will choose it for you. Why don’t you have a lifestyle that is biblically-based, eternally focused, and others oriented where enough is enough and all the extra goes to people who need it and to honor God?" --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.