Bible Baptist Church

" Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." ...... John 3:3


The Lord is My Helper


Hebrews 13:5-6


Introduction:

         The final chapter of the book of Hebrews contains exhortations regarding the conduct and behavior of believers.

         Ths challenge: We must learn to choose contentment over covetousness

         This only comes from deciding where our contentment comes from!

         Lamentations 3:22-24- It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

 

I.                    Thou shalt not covet

a.      The tenth commandment warns against this prominent sin (Ex. 20:17)

b.      The sin of covetousness is linked to some other wicked sins throughout the Bible

                                                              i.      Romans 7:7- lust

                                                            ii.      II Tim 3:2- For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

                                                          iii.      Ephesians 5:3- But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

                                                           iv.      Colossians 3:5 says covetousness is idolatry. We make our gods the things that we have! We become pagans

c.       Itís one thing to have money, but itís another thing for money to have you

d.      See Luke 12:15-23- The obsession of earthly possessions

e.      Covetousness is the opposite of contentment.

f.        Often covetousness and greed are excused in todayís culture, and are simply called ďambition.Ē

g.      The Christian who sincerely desires to follow Christ must guard against covetousness in his heart. When we covet we are making our possessions, or our station in life a priority over God

h.      We must realize that the world has an ongoing solicitation for our affections, and our interest. So we have to be vigilant, and have discernment!

i.        What would happen if Christians living in America decided to sacrifice some of the luxuries the world says we just ďhaveĒ to have.

                                                              i.      Do we need to have the latest model of car, as big a house, eat out at the fanciest restaurants, the most premium cable tv service, etc?

                                                            ii.      Or can we do without some of these things, and maybe give more to the Lordís work?

II.                  Contentment

a.      We should learn to be content.†† Paul said in Philippians 4:11, "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

b.      "Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor." - Benjamin Franklin.

c.       Proverbs 30:8-9

d.      I Timothy 6:6- But godliness with contentment is great gain

e.      Contentment has much more to do with what you are on the inside rather than what you have.

f.        If covetousness is idolatry, then contentment comes from putting Christ in His proper place in our lives- ďThat in all things He might have the preeminence!Ē

III.                The Lord is my helper- v. 5-6

a.      V. 5- the Lordís promise of his abiding presence! What an incredible thought, that we can now dwell in Godís presence!

b.      Illustr- fast food vs. good freshly cooked meals. When Jesus is your portion, you have no need of the cheapimitations the world offers

c.       We need not fear! ďI defy the devil himself to mention circumstances under which I ought to be miserable if this text is true. Child of God, nothing ought to make you unhappy when you can realize this precious text.Ē (Spurgeon)

d.      V. 6- Real contentment comes only when we trust in God to meet our needs and to be our security.

e.      Satisfaction in Christ- illustr- woman at the well

                                                              i.      We have many needs: manís sin problem, living a holy life

                                                            ii.      Being loved, being a part of something more than just ourselves

f.        Jesus is my portion:

                                                              i.      When I donít have enough- Philippians 4:19- But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

                                                            ii.      When Iím not enough-I donít have the strength- James 4:6- But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

g.      V. 5- This is a mandate for us to actively pursue Christís presence! This will allow us to rise above all that the world can offer.

h.      Too much interest and attachment to earthly things weakens our hold on God. True fellowship with God brings us into a right relationship to our earthly goods.

 

Conclusion:

         The hymn: Satisfied

All my life long I had panted
  For a draught from some cool spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
  Of the thirst I felt within. 

Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings;
  Through His life I now am saved.

2

Feeding on the husks around me,
  Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
  Only still to hunger on.

3

Poor I was, and sought for riches,
  Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
  Only mocked my soulís sad cry.

4

Well of water, ever springing,
  Bread of life, so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
  My Redeemer is to me.