From Pastor’s Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Materialism – Part 1

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Breaking the Cycle of Materialism

Part 1

Wednesday November 27th, 2019
Read: 1 Timothy 6:9

Materialism is the leech of more. You will never be satisfied with just materials. So how do we break the cycle of this stronghold? Here are three ways:

1. Resist comparing what you have to others. 
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:12, “We do not dare classify or compare ourselves… it is not wise.” Comparison leads to covetousness. God created us unique, and comparing yourself to someone else is to deny who God has created you to be. Work on improving you. Ask God to show you the things in your life He wants to change. When you tend your own garden, it becomes as beautiful and pleasing as you desire.

2. Rejoice in what you have.
Be thankful for what God has given you. You may not have everything you want, but you certainly have everything you need. Write a list of the things you are thankful for. Once you start writing your list of gratitude to God, you won’t be able to stop. Ecclesiastes 6:9 tells us “…it is better to be satisfied with what you have than to always be wanting something else.” 

3. Return the first ten percent back to God.
Giving God 10% of your income may be difficult at first, but it is certainly worth it. It’s an act of worship, reverence, obedience, and surrender to God. Deuteronomy 14:23 tells us, “…the purpose of tithing is to teach us to live in deep reverence before the Lord.” God doesn’t ask us to tithe to reduce our means, but in fact, as we show Him that He is first in our resources, He’s inclined to show you that you’re first in His blessings. If tithing is hard for you, take a step towards tithing and see the result.

Materialism leads to loss. You may want more but you eventually end up with less. Paul wrote, “…when we long to be rich, we’re a prey to temptation. We get trapped into all sorts of foolish and dangerous ambitions which eventually plunge us into ruin” (1 Timothy 6:9).