CONTENTMENT THROUGH GODLINESS
1 TIM. 6:1-21
The apostle Paul in talking to Timothy gives him the secret of correct vision.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
He is speaking to Timothy as an experience pastor giving counsel to a young pastor.
The world view of success is money.
But the true view of success is to what extent are we accomplishing God’s purpose for our life.
The world view is wealth equals contentment.
The truth is godliness brings contentment.
And greater is the gain that comes from godliness than the gain that comes from money and riches.
We must grasp the concept of godliness.
1. Vs. 7 We brought nothing into this world and we will take nothing out.
The comfort of riches in the world last only as long as we abide here. What about after death?
What good do the riches of this world bring then?
Remember the rich man and Lazarus.
2. Vs. 8 All we really need is food and clothing.
God will supply our need.
3. Vs. 9 Riches bring temptation, a snare, through lusts.
It draws its victim into destruction.
It can ruin a good testimony. It can utterly destroy a
Christian’s ability to accomplish God’s purpose.
It may result in his being taken home prematurely.
God will not permit one to continually ignore the purpose for which he was created.
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,
who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the
covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite
unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will
recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Riches for the lost person may bring perdition.
If a person thinks he has all he needs, he becomes self sufficient.
The self-sufficient man cannot get to heaven.
We cannot get to heaven on our own merit.
Heaven cannot be bought, or earned.
It is a gift.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
1 Tim 2:3‑6
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
4. Vs. 10 The love of money is the root of all evil. What is the love of money?
What is the sin in this? SELFISHNESS
Selfishness is the root of all our sin.
We do wrong because we want to.
We want to satisfy a lust or hunger and we place ourselves above all else.
5. Vs. 10
In the end those who covet money will err from the faith
and as a result of loosing faith in God, they bring upon themselves many sorrows.
How then may we avoid this love of money and have godliness and contentment.
I. FLEE THE WORLDLY VISION vs 11
25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.
1 Cor 6:18‑20
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your
body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Cor 10:14
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
2 Tim 2:22
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity,
peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Flee or get away from the temptation, as Joseph fled Potifer’s wife.
Get away from the possibility.
Don’t place yourself in harms way.
II. FOLLOW AFTER THE THINGS PLEASING TO GOD (vs 11)
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing:
but righteousness delivereth from death.
16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life:
the fruit of the wicked to sin.
5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way:
but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Following godliness draws a line in the sand. Shows where our alliance is.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you
out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Is submission to the Spirit.
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy:
and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting
and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness,
not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not
provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Godliness includes purity.
2 Cor 7:1
1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse
2 ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting
3 holiness in the fear of God.
2 Cor 10:5
4 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
5 itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
6 every thought to the obedience of Christ;
7 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
8 are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
9 whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;
10 if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Tim 4:12
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers,
in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Tim 5:22
22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker
of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
III. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT vs 12
The apostle Paul had a testimony that he fought a good fight.
2 Tim 4:7‑8
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all
them also that love his appearing.
We will go through some fights of affliction after we have been saved.
The flesh will want to cling on to some of the pleasures that it was
used to before salvation.
The mind will want to continue to think the thoughts of a lost person.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were
illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
By submitting to God we can put to flight the aliens that seek to conquer us through sin.
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,
out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to
flight the armies of the aliens.
5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies
in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the
LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
2 Cor 6:7
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour
of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may
be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and
having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able
to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Let us realize that true contentment comes through godliness.
And that godliness can be our by:
I. Fleeing the worldly vision.
II. Following after righteousness
III. Fighting the good fight.