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4 Tips on Godly Living

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FOUR TIPS ON GODLY LIVING
By Eddie Lawrence
 
TEXT: Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
 

1. LIVE WITH OPEN HANDS
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
 
-It is important that we live our lives not grasping and reaching for what everyone else has. This breeds problems within the soul and allows resentment, bitterness and ingratitude to begin to spring forth.
 
Illus- It is said the rich Rockefeller was once asked how much money did it take to make one happy to which he replied, “Just a little bit more!”
 
-Covetousness leads to theft by desire and looses the complainer that lives within our fallen flesh to begin preaching his critical sermons about his lot in life.
-Covetousness causes one to embrace self-pity while despising someone who had come into blessing.
 
2. LIVE WITH CONTENTMENT IN YOUR HEART
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
 
-Just as covetousness blinds us to our blessings, contentment ever keeps it eye upon them.
-We all have much to be grateful for and we need to learn how to praise our way out of the proverbial jail cell of ingratitude.
 
Illus- Someone said that everyone lives in one of two tents: Discontentment or Contentment.
 
-Giving thanks for what you have left is much more profitable that moaning about what you loss or don’t have.
 
Illus- A hog never looks up to the tree from which the acorns he enjoys fall. Likewise the wicked man never looks up to the Father of lights from whom every good gift comes.
 
-Paul said he learned how to be content (Phil. 4) and so can we. We will live longer and better when we do.
 
3. LIVE WITH CONTINUAL AWARENESS OF HIS PRESENCE
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
 
-We do not covet what someone else has or live in discontentment when we know we have the Lord with us. He cannot be taken from us. He has it all and we have Him, so what do we need that we cannot find in Him?
 
Joke- A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Harold stood up. The teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Harold?' 'No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!'  For a much better reason, the Lord does not want us to be alone. He loves us.
 
-Knowing He is ever with us is the antidote for: rejection, loneliness, despair, discouragement, and fear of abandonment.
-In the darkest of days, His presence assures us that we can make it through.
-In the most blessed of days, His presence assures us of the source of the very blessings we enjoy.
-Tell me one problem you face, that this truth does not dramatically impact?
 
4. LIVE WITHOUT THE FEAR OF MAN
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
 
-What scares you that He cannot handle?
-The fear of man is a snare to the soul, but knowing the Lord is with you and His heart is to be your helper, then the fight is fixed…..you are gonna win.
-Knowing the maker of the stars is at your side to help, means that anything that stands before you threatening to do you in, is a wimpy whiny nothing compared to Him.
 
Illus- As little David stood confidently before the Philistine giant, so can you stand before your giants with confidence. The very word of God has come to you through this verse. He promises you
that you will not have to face anything alone and He is with you to help. Hallelujah, what a deal!
 
Conclusion: The four little tips can make a very big difference in helping you live a more godly life.

Eddie Lawrence
As a husband, father, pastor, author, and web developer, Eddie lives an exciting and productive life. He holds earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees and is also the owner of Sermon Seedbed.

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