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SEX, DRUGS, MONEY,
MORE-THE CHASE FOR MORE
What area in your life have you found yourself wanting more in?
Is there any area you struggled to be content in, but now have foundcontentment?
What are some “other things” you have been guilty of chasing after?
How can you connect to the source (God) to fill you up with contentment?
Have you ever known someone or maybe even been that someone when the new iPhone comes out and you have to get it, but as soon as the next new one comes out, your new iPhone doesn't seem good enough anymore? We live in a world where we always want more. More followers on Instagram, more money, more
friends, more things. More, more, more. Matthew 6:19-20 says, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” This Bible verse tells us to do the exact opposite of what many of us actually do. The best thing to do is store up treasures in Heaven! It is not bad to have things. God wants to bless us, but it is bad when the things have us. You cannot serve two masters: God and money. You have to constantly break down your want for more and just be content with where God has you.
In Mark chapter 4, it talks about the parable of the farmer sowing seeds. The farmer planted seeds in four different soils and four different things happened. The seeds that were scattered along the path were quickly eaten by birds. They represent the people who hear the Word, but then Satan comes in and robs them. He speaks lies to them in the form of thoughts that sound like their own thoughts. The seeds that were planted in the shallow soil represent those who hear the Word and receive it at first, but as soon as the troubles of life come in, the roots are not deep enough, so they fall away. The seeds that were planted among the thorns represent those that hear the Word, but the worries of life choke them out. It says in Mark 4:19, “ but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. ” It says “ the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things ” chokes the Word. WOW! The desire for other things is exactly what this generation has a habit of doing.
So what exactly are the “other things” that this verse is talking about? What is the limit of “other things?” It is the lust for things you do not have, wanting something at a cheap price for a cheap thrill, wishing you could be like someone else, wanting more, etc? All of those things classify as “other things.” Wanting more is not a location thing. It is a spirit that is robbing you from what God has you. The devil cannot take what God has given you, so instead, he tries to make you hate what God has given you. He tries to get you to hate yourself, what you look like, who you are, your race, your gender. He tries to make you despise everything that God created perfectly for you. That is why everyone is constantly wanting more, but chasing more will never get you to a point where you are satisfied. You will constantly be trying to fill a void that only one thing can fill: God! It is like trying to run around with a deflated balloon trying to fill it with the air in the atmosphere and expect it to inflate. It needs a source to be filled with air (helium tank, for example). You constantly need to go to the one true source to be filled, then you will be content with where God has you and know that you were born for such a time as this. Godliness mixed with contentment is the greatest thing you can have. Chase after the source and watch as you start to become confident and content with everything in your life.