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Session 12

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

Read: Philippians 4:15-19, 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Most of the time, what we want isn’t what we need. And if we’re honest, we’ve been given far more than we actually need. We need food, clothing and shelter. We want everything else.

So how do we find joy when we can’t get what we want? Contentment is contingent on our attitudes, not our bank statements. If we’re always looking to make more money, gain more resources and acquire more wealth for ourselves, we’re not using money how God designed it to be used.

Money is a tool to provide for our needs, to provide for the needs of others and an opportunity to give back to God as an act of worship. By giving to God, we’re declaring that we don’t find our satisfaction in money, but in Jesus. Jesus is the one who provides for us. Loving money more than God leads to pain, letdown and sin. But when we trust God will provide for our needs, we can find our contentment in Him.

Money will run out, but God is a generous giver who is with us through everything, no matter what. He provides for us, above and beyond what we expect. When we trust and obey Him with our money and our lives, we receive His rich love and the transformation it creates in us.

 

Think About:

1. What are two things you want but don’t really need? Will you trust God to provide them for you (or to know better that you don’t need them)?

2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how content are you? Why did you choose that number?

3. Discontentment begins when we believe God doesn’t have our best interests at heart. What are three ways God has been faithful to you this month?

 

Pray:

Jesus, thank You for always having my best interest at heart. Help me to be content in You and You alone.


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Following Jesus Is Radical

Following Jesus Is Radical

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2

Everything Belongs to Jesus

Everything Belongs to Jesus

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3

It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

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4

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

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5

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

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6

Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

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Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

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8

Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

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9

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

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10

We All Need Help Sometimes

We All Need Help Sometimes

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11

Know Where Your Money Goes

Know Where Your Money Goes

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How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

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13

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

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14

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

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Debt Is a Choice

Debt Is a Choice

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16

Broke People Can’t Bless People

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17

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

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18

Fund Your Future

Fund Your Future

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19

Every Cent Counts

Every Cent Counts

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20

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

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21

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

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22

Less Is More

Less Is More

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23

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

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Give Your Best

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25

What Can Destroy You?

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26

God Never Fails

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Work With Purpose

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Do Whatever It Takes

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