“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” -Psalm 42:5
Sometimes we get hopeless because we’re looking for hope in all the wrong places. Hope is only found in Christ. You will never be satisfied until your desire is for God and God alone.
-Associate Pastor Josh Wilson (excerpt from Sunday Evening Sermon “Depressed & Discouraged” from Psalm 42)
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” -Hebrews 13:5-6
When you complain and grumble about your circumstances, you are calling into question the love of God and His goodness in your life.
Contentment in life is only found in the Lord. He alone can satisfy your needs and your longings.
-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Morning Sermon “The Danger of Complaining” from Hebrews 13:5-6)
“Then spake Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.” -Haggai 1:13
In life, you will never be satisfied if all you’re doing is seeking your own way. The only One who can fill that void in your life is Christ. He is the only One who can fill the desires and longings you have. -Pastor Steve Wainright, excerpt from Wednesday Evening Sermon “Consider Your Ways”
“My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, saith the Lord.” -Jeremiah 31:4
Note the “my” which comes twice: “My people shall be satisfied with my goodness.”
The kind of people who are satisfied with God are marked out as God’s own. He is pleased with them, for they are pleased with Him. They call Him their God, and He calls them His people; He is satisfied to take them for a portion, and they are satisfied with Him for their portion. There is a mutual communion of delight between God’s Israel and Israel’s God.
These people are satisfied. This is a grand thing. Very few of the sons of men are ever satisfied, let their lot be what it may; they have swallowed the horse-leech, and it continually cries, “Give! give!” Only sanctified souls are satisfied souls. God Himself must both convert us and content us.
It is no wonder that the Lord’s people should be satisfied with the goodness of their Lord. Here is goodness without mixture, bounty without stint, mercy without chiding, love without change, favor without reserve. If God’s goodness does not satisfy us, what will? What! are we still groaning? Surely there is a wrong desire within if it be one which God’s goodness does not satisfy.
Lord, I am satisfied. Blessed be Thy name.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“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.” -1 Timothy 6:9-10
Only Jesus Christ can deliver you from a self-centered, self-focused, self-consuming life. –excerpt from Pastor Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon
“6But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and 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.” -1 Timothy 6:6-10
You fall into sin when your soul is not satisfied in God. –excerpt from Pastor Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon
Sunday Evening | I Am the Bread of Life | John 6:48-51
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” -John 6:48-50
Manna in the wilderness was a physical illustration of a spiritual truth. Comparing and contrasting the Bread of Life to manna, we see both how the Lord is like manna and how He is different from manna. Both are incomprehensible. Both are sources of life. Both satisfy hunger and need. However, manna was designed to meet a temporal need. Jesus gives us eternal life. Manna spoiled, but Christ is the Living Bread. -excerpt from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon