Saturday, October 30, 2021

Contentment, A Shield From False Prophets And Teachers

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John 10:5 (KJV) “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers."

After pastoring for 15 years, Pastor Joel visited another Pastor in town because he was not satisfied with the result of ministry; he wanted more power, crowd, and money. This Pastor took him to another Pastor who told him they'll be visiting a powerful Pastor in a village for special prayers together. On the said day, all the Pastors traveled to see the “powerful village Pastor" where something surprising happened. “What are all these?" Pastor Joel asked, “prayer tools" the other Pastors responded collectively. “Ah! Did you just call a python, bowls containing blood, and these other things prayer materials? Please let me go, I don't want your help any longer" Pastor Joel pleaded stammering. 

Apostle Paul writing to Timothy said, “godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Timothy 6:6). Contentment is the reason why a man will abide in his calling and not compare with others (1 Corinthians 7:20), and the reason why a man will leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife: the two becoming one flesh (Matthew 19:5). Without contentment, it is impossible to fulfill God's purpose one will not be satisfied with the portion allotted to him (see Matthew 25:24-25).

Whenever the handle of contentment is lost, people start hearing the voices of strangers (false prophets and teachers) and the aim is so that godliness can be lost.

Many who were once godly became ungodly when they heeded the voice of a stranger all because they couldn't wait for process; God's timing was too slow, so they decided to help themselves just like Pastor Joel did in our story.

Go into today knowing that the little that God has given you will please him if you work with it faithfully and he will reward you in due season.

Prayer: Father, please give me the grace to be contented with what you have given me in Jesus' name. Amen!

—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Plan: II Chronicles 6-10 (In Today's Audio)

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