”How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
1 Timothy 6:6-8
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.”
The contentment Paul speaks of can be defined as an inner sense of rest or peace that comes from being right with God and knowing He is in control of all that happens to us.
Have you learned to be contented? How about your family?
Do you intentionally pursue contentment in your life and home?
We need the strength of Christ in order to…
Sunday - Philippians 4:10-13
Monday - 1 Timothy 6:6-8
Tuesday - Matthew 7:7-11
Wednesday - Matthew 6:33
Thursday - Philippians 1:12-14
Friday - Philippians 4:9
Saturday - Revelation 21:1-4
Father, help me learn to be content and rest in the person and work of your son, Jesus. Help me maintain a rightly ordered life that pleases you. Thank you Lord for the peace that comes with contentment. Your word says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Help me keep my eyes focused on you and not myself. Amen
Moses reminded the children of Israel of the ten commandments in Deuteronomy chapter 5. In Deuteronomy 6:5 he said, “you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, he goes on to say “you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going bed and when you get up.”
Wholehearted commitment: a call to go all in, to be sold-out, fully connected and obedient to the Lord’s commandments. Wholehearted commitment also comes with a responsibility: We are to teach His commandments to our family. We are to be All In…The Family.
Although all of God’s commandments are important, today we’re going to focus on the 5th commandment: “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
What does it mean to honor someone?
Author Gary Smalley says, “Honor is a decision we make to place high value, worth, and importance on another person by viewing him or her as a priceless gift and granting him or her a position in our lives worthy of great respect; and love involves putting that decision into action.”
How about using the topic of honoring one another in a family discussion this week?
Honor within the family is something worth talking about.
Honoring our families. I’m going all in. How about you?
Sunday - Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Monday - Exodus 20:9
Tuesday - Proverbs 6:20-23
Wednesday - Ephesians 6:1-4
Thursday - 1 Peter 4:8
Friday - 1 Corinthians 13
Saturday - James 3:3-12
Prayer: Lord, I want to thank you for my family. You have blessed my life through my mom, dad and sister…my wife, children and grandchildren…my church family. They are truly a priceless gift to me. Through them I have been shown unconditional love and respect. I honor them today as blessings from you. Thank you Father. Amen
What is the foundation upon which you are building your family? Many say, “Let’s get back to family values,” but where are we going to find those values? Whose values? What values are we going to accept?
In Exodus 20:3 God gives the first of ten commandments: “You must not have any other god but me.” Our God is a perfect Father who gave the original “foundation for family values.”
God says in Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…” What are these words that God is referring to?
Notice two things:
(1) “These words…shall be in your heart” How many of you could name all Ten Commandments from memory? If you don’t know them, it’s going to be hard to live by them. God basically says, "Remember these commands."
(2) ”Teach them diligently to your children.” In other words, pass them on. Do your children know these 10 God-given values? God says, “My commandments are important, remember them…teach them diligently.”
Our families desperately need some time-tested, Godly, family values. That’s why I want us to spend time this month talking about Biblical Family Values and how we can apply them in our own homes.
I believe as we look at this today, you will agree with me that our Father Knows Best.
Sunday - Exodus 20
Monday - Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Tuesday - Proverbs 3:5-6
Wednesday - Matthew 6:33
Thursday - Proverbs 3:9
Friday - 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Saturday - 1 Corinthians 10:31
Lord, I want you first in my life. I don’t want anything or anyone to take priority over you in any area of my life. I need your help. I often allow other things to distract my focus from you. Forgive me, Father…please guide my steps and guard my heart. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts