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Now listen to how the Scriptures teach us on this subject matter; it says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content 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, (1 Timothy 6:6-9)!”  Now pause your thoughts right here for a moment and click on this video for a short introduction summary of what this lesson is about and we will meet you on the other side.


Those few simple words make a powerful and profound statement that I would like to take a few minutes of your valuable time to explore.  The text is a little bit longer than our normal lessons, but I encourage you to read it through till the end, I assure you that it will bless your soul.

The lesson today is taken from Paul’s letter that he wrote to his son Timothy, known as the book of 1st Timothy.  In this closing section of his instructional letter, Paul returned to discussing how Timothy should handle the false teachers.  Paul main concern was not about the form of the instruction they were providing to the people, but that the false teachers disagreed with what Jesus Christ had taught and demonstrated.  They erred in contradicting and discounting Jesus.

Therefore, Paul told them that false teaching is ungodly teaching; it cannot result in a godly life.  Our applications of God’s word will always depend on how accurately we have understood the teaching of God’s word.  But these false teachers were not merely mistaken in their doctrine; their evil went deeper.  Or rather, it originated in deeper problems.  They were not well intentioned teachers who had made unfortunate mistakes.  Their basic motivations were evil.

Paul told Timothy to stay away from those who just want to make money from preaching, and from those in the Church who stray from the sound teachings of the gospel into controversial arguments.  Paul was exposing these false teachers by revealing their real character behind their veneer of prestige.  These are not very flattering words for a group of teachers who apparently thought very highly of themselves!

Paul said, “CONCEITED,” describes the trait of a person having an excessively favorable opinion of his own ability or importance.  The false teachers showed all that and more, yet Paul confronted that conceit by explaining that they were actually “ignorant.”  The utter falsehood of both the content and the conclusions of their teaching was worthy not of pride, but shame.  They did not agree with the truth, but instead had an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words that promoted speculation and led to arguments about ideals that came not from Scripture, but from the minds of the false teachers.

The controversial ideas and the disputes about words had a devastating effect in the church.  With the believers embroiled in arguments over meaningless theories and false doctrine, relationships began to deteriorate.  Jealousy is followed by fighting, meaning competition and or violent and bitter conflict.  Slander and evil suspicions surely follow.  The seeds of false teaching in Ephesus were yielding a harvest of bitterness.

Here are some more characteristics of false teachers: they always cause trouble because they all had corrupt (debased, depraved, tainted) minds.  Not only were they ignorant, but their minds were so corrupt that the truth (God’s truth) was completely absent.  They were motivated by getting rich.  While Paul instructed the church about the Christian leader’s right to be paid for their service, he made it clear that they should not be greedy and should not consider their ministry as a way to get rich.  Those who did clearly could not be serving the Lord Christ with pure motives, but instead were serving their selfish desires.

The false teachers thought religion was a means to get rich; instead, true religion is great wealth in itself when accompanied by contentment.  One’s religion does not come and go with the uncertainties of material wealth; faith in Christ, with contentment, is the wealth, independent of one’s bankbook and possessions.  The false teachers had it backward.

True religion (faith in Christ) requires training and develops inner spiritual qualities, while at the same time being apparent in the way we relate to others.  It exhibits true character exemplified in the way we serve others.  Contentment grows from our attitude toward living God’s way.  To have contentment in Christ requires four decisions about the events and possessions of our life:

  1. 1.     We must focus on what God has already allowed us to have.
  2. 2.     We must disregard what we do not have.
  3. 3.     We must refuse to covet what others may have.
  4. 4.     We must give thanks to God for each and all of his gifts.

If we fail to make these decisions, our contentment will diminish.

Finally, the great wealth that motivated the false teachers was neither lasting nor escapable of bringing contentment.  Their earthly profits would be left behind.  What brings great wealth has to do with eternal values.  When material treasures become our focus, we quit contributing to our eternal account.  Whatever gains we may experience in this life mean nothing if they cause us eternal bankruptcy!

This statement provides the key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment.  We should honor God and center our desires on him, and we should be content with what God is doing in our lives.

Paul followed up his statement about the true source of contentment by discounting any hope of ultimate contentment based merely on this life.  The correct perspective on material possessions—money, houses, clothing, vehicles, jewels, land, etc.—remains eternally the same.  They cannot last forever.  We can lose, break, or ruin them in this life.  We didn’t bring them with us when we were born, and we cannot carry anything with us when we die.

Human beings have basic needs.  Believers and unbelievers alike require food and clothing (also implying shelter) for survival.  The difference should be that when believers’ basic needs are met, they ought to be satisfied and content, requiring nothing more.  In contrast, unbelievers are driven by society’s standards and desires, they cannot be content with only basic needs being met because they must always strive for more.

After stating the simple plan for living faithfully, Paul challenged the world’s view by showing the outcome of trying to gain contentment through the pursuit of wealth.  The desire to be rich is, by its very nature, a desire that cannot be satiated.  People who long to be rich cannot understand contentment because they can never have enough money.  The temptation of money feeds their greed.  Soon their passion plunges them into ruin and destruction.  Therefore, let us feast on these words, “GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN!”

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  1. Pastor Davis thank you for this great message, it was truly a blessing to my soul. I was unable to attend my local church this morning because of sickness. My grandson showed me this site and read your lesson to me and I watched your video, I soul rejoiced as your message spoke to my heart. I will be coming back again and sharing this ministry with all my friends. Bless you man of God.


      My Dear Sister of God, it is truly a blessing to me to know that you were able to receive God’s word, despite your temporary handicap. I thank your grandson for loving his grandmother in such away that he would want here to receive the word no matter where it is given. Thank you for taking the time to absolve it and share your thoughts with us. We appreciate you and encourage you to come and study with us daily. We leave you with the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ and praying for your speedy recovery. We know that Dr. Jesus is a Doctor that can do all things but fail.

  2. Barbara Crawford

    Pastor Davis, what a great and inspiring message you have delivered for all of us to chew on. When I am unable to attend my home church on Sunday, I have discovered another true place of worship. God blessed me to locate you here on the web, and I have placed you on my bookmark bar to make it easy for me to tune in to your website. We all are praying for you and your ministry to continue to grow. I know that you are truly a man of God, because I can see it in all your writings and the video broadcast that you are now doing. Thank you for allowing me to say my piece here, and thank you again for a job well done. Bless you and your family Pastor Davis.


      My Dear Sister of God, your well chose words of encouragement is a blessing to me and this ministry. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to share your thoughts. We do invite you to return often and study with us. We are a teaching ministry and love sharing the truth of what “Thus says the Lord.” Peace and blessings be yours to enjoy.

  3. Awesome!!!


      Thank you my brother for that very powerful word. I felt it as I receive it deep within my soul. Peace and blessings be yours to enjoy.

  4. Good morning. Such an important topic tiis is. Truths that, once a person embraces them, they will stay clear of many pitfalls. False teachers, regardless of their format or area of focusing, will always inevitably play on the three lusts found in I John 1:16. Having the word hidden in our heart is imperative along with, being atuned to the Holy Spirit who will always give us a “check” in our spirit when something is amiss. (even when we don’t initially see something amiss.) Having our affections set on things above is also imperative. When our heart abides in heavenly places; when Jesus is truly our first love and we have relinquished all affections for the temporal, the tactics of false teachers will not appeal to us.

    This is a refreshing posting. Thanks. Blessinhs in Jesus name.


      GLORY, GLORY, GLORY! Words so well spoken my friend. We are living in trouble times and the devil and his evil spirits are all around us. It is only a reminder that we must always stay focus on God, study his word for ourselves, know the truth and we shall be set free by the truth of God’s word. Thank you for taking the time to visit and study with us, we are here daily doing what God has commission us to do and we invite you to return and study with us, share your thoughts, comments, ideals and opinions as God gives them to you. We appreciate you and may God bless all that you do in Jesus name, AMEN!

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