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Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Contentment and covetousness cannot co-exist. Pay some attention to that phrase for he hath said. It precedes the best reason to be content. We should be content if we have the Savior and God who loves us and promises never to leave us or forsake us. I recently heard a televangelist preach that we can choose to prosper. For most of us that would be covetousness. How about letting the sovereign God who knows who would be harmed by prosperity decide who prospers and who does not?

Psalms 47:4: He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

Read the prayer of Solomon who had great riches and was wise enough to learn that they did not make him content.

Proverbs 30:8-9: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

1 Timothy 6:6-9: But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

When a believer is Godly, he should be content with that. When he has enough to eat and clothes to wear he should be content with that.

Deuteronomy 8:11-14: Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

Matthew 6:19-21: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Where do you want your treasure and your heart to be? Earth or Heaven?

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