The Hardest Word for Americans to Say

Genesis 3:1-8 GNV
1 Now the snake was the most cunning animal
that the Lord God had made. The snake
asked the woman, “Did God really tell you
not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”
2 “We may eat the fruit of any tree in the
garden,” the woman answered,
3 “except the tree in the middle of it. God told
us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even
touch it; if we do, we will die.”
4 The snake replied, “That’s not true; you will not
5 God said that because he knows that when
you eat it, you will be like God and know
what is good and what is bad.”
6 The woman saw how beautiful the tree was
and how good its fruit would be to eat, and
she thought how wonderful it would be
to become wise. So she took some of the
fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her
husband, and he also ate it.
7 As soon as they had eaten it, they were given
understanding and realized that they were
naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and
covered themselves.
8 That evening they heard the Lord God
walking in the garden, and they hid from him
among the trees.
The hardest word for Americans to say is
Philippians 4:10-13 KJV
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now
at the last your care of me hath flourished
again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye
lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have
learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith
to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know
how to abound: every where* and in all
things I am instructed both to be full and to
be hungry, both to abound and to suffer
13 I can do all things through Christ which
strengtheneth me.
We should be pursuers of EXCELLENCE and not
prisoners of PERFECTION.
Ways to have enough:
1. WORK more
2. WANT less
When is enough, enough?
I. When we stop COMPARING
ourselves to OTHERS.
2 Corinthians 10:13 NLT – We will not boast
about things done outside our area of
authority. We will boast only about what
has happened within the boundaries of the
work God has given us, which includes our
working with you.
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because
we compare our ‘behind the scenes’ with
everyone else’s highlight REEL.” – STEVEN FURTICK
II. When we learn to ENJOY what
we have
Ecclesiastes 5:19 GNV – If God gives us
wealth and property and lets us enjoy them,
we should be grateful and enjoy what we
have worked for. It is a gift from God.
Proverbs 30:7-9 GNV – 7 I ask you, God, to
let me have two things before I die: 8 keep
me from lying, and let me be neither rich
nor poor. So give me only as much food as
I need. 9 If I have more, I might say that I do
not need you. But if I am poor, I might steal
and bring disgrace on my God.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT – 6 Yet true godliness with
contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all,
we brought nothing with us when we came
into the world, and we can’t take anything
with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have
enough food and clothing, let us be content.
III. Draw on Christ’s POWER
Philippians 4:13 KJV – I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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