Pastor Steve Williams : The Art of Having Enough

Right on the Money · 47:23 · Recorded May 13, 2018

The Art of Having Enough

Luke 16:10-12 (NIV) “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”

Matthew 25:29 (CSB) “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

The spiritual discipline of simplicity

Proverbs 30:8-9 (NLT) “Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.”

Simplicity:

The greed virus infects us all!

Luke 12:15 (TLB) “Beware! Don’t always be wishing for what you don’t have. For real life and real living are not related to how rich we are.”

Our yearning power always exceeds our earning power.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (EDB) The person who loves money will never have all the money he wants. The person who loves wealth will not be satisfied when he gets it.

Proverbs 21:20 (TLB)  The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.

Financial freedom demands the sanity simplicity can bring!

Luke 3:14 (NIV) “Be content with your pay.”

Hebrews 13:5 (CSB) Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, “I will never leave you or abandon you.”

Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV) “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 or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

The posture of real stewardship requires it.

Psalm 62:10 (NLT) If your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life.

1 Timothy 6:17 (NAS) Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

A path toward simplicity

1. Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.

2. Reject anything that’s becoming an addiction for you.

3. Develop a habit of regularly giving things away.

4. Refuse the propaganda of modern gadget makers.

5. Learn to enjoy things without having to own them.

6. Develop a deeper appreciation for the Creation given you.

7. Be wisely wary of all “buy now pay later” schemes.

8. Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the Kingdom of God.

  • Can you recall some object that captured your attention you were sure you just “had to have” as a child or as a teenager? Did you get it?

  • How do you decide when to tell yourself, “It’s enough?” What factors do you consider?

  • How would you define the spiritual discipline of “Simplicity?” Why do you think it’s an important discipline to develop as a Christ follower?

  • Look over the “path toward simplicity” section of the message. Which of these practical choices listed do you especially resonate with you? Which do you find challenging or nearly impossible? What would you add to the list that’s been helpful to you?

  • What scripture from this message do you sense God wants you to really pay attention to?What idea or concept from this message really stands out to you that you want to see become a part of your life and character? How can your group pray for you about that?

  • Elementary Parents, today your children learned a story about a man named Isaac in the book of Genesis. He chose peace rather than fighting. Ask your kids what he could have fought about. (Wells) Did things turn out well for Isaac? (Yes) Because Isaac honored God by choosing peace, God blessed him with all the water he needed and a peace treaty with the very people who tried to chase him away. Our bottom line today is Peace is more important than winning

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