Praising God with what you already have (Hebrews 13, Isaiah 6)

“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Hebrews 12 ends with a very strong statement concerning the holiness of God, “Our God is a consuming fire.”  Isaiah understood this as he cried out before the presence of God, “I am undone, I am an unclean man who dwells in the midst of unclean people,” Isaiah 6:5.

Question:  “How can unclean people praise God?”  Answer, “They must be purified so they can praise Him.”  Here is how we are purified.  “So Jesus suffered outside the camp in order to sanctify the people through His own blood,” Hebrews 13:12

When this purification comes, a person can now approach the throne of God with praise.

Think it through:

1.  We are to praise Him with our lips, Vs: 8-13

Because of Christ we have both a reason and the right to praise the Lord.  It is He who has saved us and it is He who has given us access to the throne of God.

2.  We are to praise Him with our lives, Vs: 1-8

In these verses we see different life situations in which we are to praise Him through the way we carry out His directions.  Take some time and write down each situation and examine how you are doing in praising Him.

Our response:

Look specifically with me at Vs: 5, “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have…”

This morning I was personally challenged to examine my heart in the area of personal contentment with what God has placed in my possession.  I considered the possessions I have and I considered the possessions I do not have.  The truth is, “there were some things I would like to have.”  And the truth is, “I sometimes miss out on enjoying what I have because I am focusing on what I don’t have.”

Question, “How do we get beyond this?”  By spending time praising God for what we have.

Think with me about what we have in Christ:

1.  Forgiveness of sins

2.  Freedom from a lifestyle of sin

3.  Friendship with the Son of God

4. Eternity in heaven with God

5.  True purpose in life

Brothers and sisters, “any one of these alone should cause us to be content.  But when you place them all together, one is fully content with what God has placed in our hands.”

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