A Content Heart is Always Thankful
- Date: November 5, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Chris…” (Ephesians 5:20)
- From God Is Good
In 2 Timothy 3:2, it says that the signs of the end times will be a people who are unthankful and unholy. A content heart is a thankful heart. Do you go around telling people how thankful you are for what God has done in your life, how satisfied you are, how you need nothing more in life? You're absolutely content. That's thanksgiving. Is that your testimony?
What do you think? Where are we going to be when all of this goes away? I'll tell you where we are going to be: if you lost everything that you had, if every one of us in here lost everything that we had except the clothes on our backs today, it wouldn't be long at all until there would be a two-shirt man among us. We all have just the clothes on our backs. "I have elevated to be the two-shirt man." We come out that day with our second shirt on, "Just want you to know that God's blessed me. He's given me two shirts." If we ever come to that place, guess what that second shirt is for? It's for the guy with no shirt. We are Adam's sons-we always want to be preeminent. We've always got to be above. We've always got to have just a little more. We've always got to have the last word. We've always got to convince somebody that our way is right.
That spirit manifests itself over into the material realm, into the social realms. Are you content? Are you satisfied? Are you thankful? "Yeah, I'm thankful God made me better than everybody else." That's the spirit we have to guard ourselves against. Write this in your notes: discontentment is frustration over ongoing circumstances opposing my will. Anybody get irritated when things don't go the way you want them? That's discontentment. How about things not going the way you want them and just going, "God's good"!
Ephesians 5:20 says we're to give thanks always for all things. That's a tough one. Not in things but for them. "Lord, I thank You for that guy crowding in front of me. Oh, I thank You that I ran out of gas on the way to my appointment. Oh, this line for security is so good. Thank You, Lord!
Can we give thanks for all things? Are we getting there? If God's good we can. You know how I try to change perspective on things, and I'll leave you with this. Several years back there was a great possibility, virtually everybody thought I was going to be gone and put away. I mean everybody. I can remember walking around the parking lot in prayer. I saw this property in a new light and I saw all of you in a new light. God made me thankful for what I have. I saw every person in here differently. I saw my life differently. When I can stay thankful for what God's spared me from, I can be thankful to be able to stand in a line. I can be thankful to be able to go to an airport when I want to. It changes our perspective on life. God is working contentment in me to a greater degree than I've ever known it, because I've really seen His goodness, His favor toward me. We give Him all the praise and all the glory for that. That's what we want to encourage you in. Just see what God's done for you that's so good: His redemption, His presence, His promises of our sonship, and our raising up to be seated with Him. Don't let the things of this life rob you from His glory.