Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

1 Timothy 6:3-19 (ESV)

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and[b] we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Message Notes

1. God intended for us to enjoy stuff. Ecc. 5:18-19

There is no purpose in having things and not enjoying them, but contentment is the key to enjoyment.

We do not need to be ashamed of the blessing of God. Enjoy what he has given you. There is no blessing in having something and not enjoying it.

Sharing is easier when our hope isn’t dependent on things. Matt. 6:30

2. Our hope comes from the one providing everything we enjoy, not from what we are enjoying.

If our hope is in something we have, when what we have is gone, our hope goes with it. The dilemma of today is that everything is disposable.

3. Stuff is more enjoyable when enjoyed by others.

Luke 3:11; Acts 2:44-47

It is important to be generous and ready to share.

Sharing proves where our hope is found.

4. Keep your eyes open.

Be ready – not just willing, but READY and willing.

Look for an opportunity, be creative, think outside the box. Share something that people wouldn’t expect.

When we share, we are allowing the thing that brought joy to us, to bring joy to someone else.

The real value of what we have is measured by how much joy it can bring to someone else.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

​1. Does it surprise you that scripture gives us permission to enjoy our stuff? Why or why not?

2. Do you struggle to be happy with the physical blessings God has given you? Why is contentment with what we already have a hard thing to accomplish?

3. Why is it easier to put more focus on our stuff than to put our focus on God, who gave it to us?

4. How can we increase our confidence in God to take care of us and decrease our confidence in our stuff to meet our needs?

5. Has there ever been a time when you discovered it was more enjoyable to share than to keep things for yourself?

6. How can we make sure that we don’t miss opportunities to share
our stuff with others?

7. What has God given you that you could share with others?