Growing Contentment and Generosity – Day 12, April 29

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 16:21-27 – Jesus Predicts His Death

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

How Often Do We Believe the Lie  | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Matthew 16:23

Observation

I’m seeing clearly now that I have fallen victim to this lie. Not having in mind the things of God, but things to promote my own selfish interest. It happened like a “slow boil”, before I knew it, gaining all sorts of invaluable possessions and struggling in my relationship with You.

Application

Good gosh, get behind me Satan, you have been a stumbling block to me! I have allowed you to, and NO MORE! I can see now, your lies, and NO MORE! From now on only the things of God will be allowed to be in my mind, and that is how it will stay.

Prayer

Father, we’re on to Satan, huh? The lies about the things of this world – these things don’t make me happy, they actually weigh me down and make more for me to manage. I love the freedom and the feeling of contentment; I love having only One Thing that I am connected to. No more lies, only a true mind. In Your freeing name…Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website continues to follow the Life Journal Reading Plan which covers the whole Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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