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Do You Suffer from Affluenza? Much assistance from Affluenza by Dr Kent Span
Introduction (from Dr Kent Span) In 1997, PBS debuted a one-hour television special entitled Affluenza. It looked at the high social and environmental costs of materialism and overconsumption, and offered solutions. Gods Word long ago warned against these things, stated their detrimental impact, and gave its solution. This evening we will see what Gods Word had to say about this disease
The detriment of affluenza (1 Tim 6:9-10) Powerful temptations (vs 9) Snares (vs 9) Foolish and harmful lusts (vs 9) Drowning in destruction and perdition (vs 9) Straying from the faith in greediness (vs 10) Piercing of self through with many sorrows (vs 10)
The cure for affluenza: Godliness with contentment (vs 6), this must be cultivated Be appreciative of what you do have 1 Tim 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world,… Heb 13:5 Do not hold too tightly to what you have 1 Tim 6:7 and it is certain we can carry nothing out. Job 1:21; Mt 6:19-21; 1 Jn 2:15-17
The cure for affluenza: Godliness with contentment (vs 6), this must be cultivated Keep your life simple 1 Tim 6:8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. Prov 23:4-5, 30:7-9; Lk 12:15, 21:34-35 Stay close to God 1 Tim 6:10 …for which some have strayed from the faith… Mic 6:8; Zec 1:3; Mal 3:7; Ps 145:18; Jam 4:7-8
The best way to stay close to God is to cultivate your faith and walk with Him Love God above all else Deut 6:5 You shall love the L ORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Mt 22:37-40; Lk 10:27; Jn 14:15, 21 Recognize everything we have is a gift from God for use in His service 1 Tim 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy... Lk 12:48; Lev 25:35; Deut 15:7-11; Is 58:6-7; Prov 19:17; Heb 13:16; Jam 1:27, 2:15-16; 1 Jn 3:17-18
The best way to stay close to God is to cultivate your faith and walk with Him Keep your eyes on the goal Mt 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Rom 8:5-6; Col 3:2; Phil 3:12-14
Conclusion If you are experiencing any of the signs of affluenza or recognize you are currently suffering from a full blown case of this disease, we invite you to come forward make it known that we may help get you the cure
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