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Ownership - Part 4, Escaping the Bondage of Discontentment
Miles McPherson - November 13, 2016

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Pastor Miles shared that one of his favorite places to visit is prison. Being an evangelist, he loves speaking with people who are hungry for the gospel. In prison, people are very aware that they are sinners and they are often ready to embrace forgiveness and repentance, whereas on the outside, many of us convince ourselves that we’re not that bad. 

Are you pursuing anything that is placing you in bondage?

In prison, people’s freedoms have been taken away. They eat, exercise, and work when they are told to do so. They have no say in what they where or with whom they live. But sometimes our own decisions have a way of enslaving us and limiting us. When you believe you must have more -- more money, more house, more care, more things, more shoes -- you can easily become ensnared with discontentment and trapped in an unfulfilling cycle. 

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Are you pursuing anything that is placing you in bondage?

1. God’s intent of being content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8

When we struggle with worries and anxiety, we forget that our God takes care of even the smallest creatures and gives them joy. He wants us to stop struggling, be still, and know that He is there ready to provide all we need. God’s intention is for you to be content with your life and to know that Jesus is enough. 

You probably know someone who is very wealthy, yet whose life is destroyed and sorrowful. Having more stuff does not improve the quality of your life. The peace of God does. Rather than clinging to what we have with closed-fisted greed, we ought to open our hands to Him. What it in your possession today that is no longer useful to you? Is your closet stuffed full of clothing and shoes that you don’t wear? In an effort to let go of feelings of greed or pride, maybe God desires for you to pass on to the next person and to be content with less.

2. The spirit of “more.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10

When you always want more than you have, there is a spiritual presence in your life, contrary and opposite to the will of God, that influences you to never be satisfied. The spirit of “more” can defy rationality and lead you into unwise decisions, such as creating debt.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:9-10

There’s nothing inherently bad or evil about having money. The problem comes when your love is for money and you desire holding onto it above your desire for God, you worship it over God, or you chase after it instead of chasing after God. What kinds of things will you do or say because of a love for money? Are you willing to violate your conscience in order to have it? Are you willing to turn your back on your faith or the truths in your heart? The “harmful lusts” Paul speaks of in this passage refer to any desire to have something that doesn’t belong to you. A lust to be powerful, be rich, be first, be noticed, and to win at the expense of others can cause you to drown; its desire is to enslave you.

The spirit of “more” is an endless cycle that destroys you. Rather than hold on more tightly, God desires us to open our hands. Ask yourself today: What do I need to give away? How can I meet the needs of others? What commitment can I make to tithing? Is my time all about me or am I using it for God? Ask God how He wants you to use your resources, contacts, experience, wisdom, and possessions in service to Him. 

3. Holy Spirit passion for God. 1 Timothy 6:11-12

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 

If you are a man or woman of God, He calls you to flee from the bondage of discontentment and be willing to generously let go of earthly treasures. He wants your passion to be for him.

Ask God: Am I greedy? Am I selfish? Am I holding on to things which you wish me to pass on to others? Show me ways that I am not being faithful with my money, time, or possessions. I want to be a man woman of faith, generosity, and love. I want to hold this life very lightly and cling to my You!

Ownership

This 6-part series reveals what it looks like to take ownership of our spiritual journey. In Part 4, Pastor Miles explains that lust of any kind can enslave you into a bondage of discontentment that has you always wanting more.

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