Growing Contentment and Generosity – Day 9, April 26
This is a 4-week topical study on growing contentment and generosity in our hearts (click on the Reading Plan tab on the website for a list of the scriptures by day). The word “content” means not needing more, and the word “generous” means open-handed giving. As we look at what the Bible has to say about wealth and riches, it is my prayer that we would open our hands’ grip just a little bit more on the stuff of this world and grow generosity in its place. During this study, I hope you will share your stories of how God provides in our comments section on the website, as a testimony and encouragement to our readers to take these baby steps in the direction of God and just see what happens.
Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Matthew 6:19-24 – Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Attitude and Actions of the Heart | Dyea Rowland
How are your attitudes; how are your actions? Our hearts can be very deceiving at times. Sometimes it is nice that God is the only one who can see the true intent of our hearts, yet scary at the same time. Are you fooled by your own heart? Let’s ask where our treasure is!?
You have really been cleaning out the webs gathering in my heart lately. I have been going along fooled. Accumulating things not of value, focusing on unworthy things. My heart has been lacking the only treasure that fills it.
Father, I know that my attitude and some of my actions have not been pleasing to You. Because of Your heart check, I know what needs to be done. You are my treasure, take over my heart, and turn my attitude and actions into my most desired riches. In Your greatest name…Amen.
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