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5 Easy Steps to Wreck Your Life - Week 4

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I'm never satisfied no matter what this world brings me; no, no. ♫ Oh, I ain't never satisfied the things I want are all I see. ♫ Mmmm no matter how much the Lord can bless me, it ain't enough to satisfy me. ♫ Well, today we conclude this series and I am going to miss that country and western singing guy! When I was a kid, every year at Christmas time Grandma would send my sister Lisa and I a check. I would get a check for ten dollars every year and my sister would get a check for ten dollars every year. Every year she would open up her ten dollar check and she'd say, "Oh, ten dollars!" And every year I would open my ten dollar check and I would say, "Oh, fifty dollars!" And every time I would do this she would get so upset! It was great to see my little sister dissatisfied; until one year, Grandma caught wind of my little scheme and that year I opened up my ten dollar check and I said, "Fifty dollars!" And Lisa opened up a check that was really fifty dollars! And then, I felt very dissatisfied, which is so natural for the way so many of us live; which is odd because really, most of us know that money and things don't buy happiness. Wouldn't you agree? All of our locations if you agree, just be honest, do you agree money and things do not really buy happiness? If so, raise your hands, raise them up high! Virtually every hand going up! Then, you would agree with what Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:6-8; he said, "But godliness with contentment is great gain." Unquestionably, godliness with contentment; such great gain. Verse 7 says, "For we brought nothing in to the world, and we can take nothing out of it." Again, I am sure you would agree. You've never seen a Hearse pulling behind a U-Haul, right? You're born naked, you die with nothing and it just kind of... then scripture says, "But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." This is where there is a little break down for a lot of people, because to the best of my knowledge most of you have food; you either ate today, or you will be eating sometime today, right? Okay, most of you have clothing. In fact, as I kind of look around everybody I see has clothing on. Now, there may be some of you on church online that do not! That's wrong and do not talk in the chat about how you do not have clothes on! Put some clothes on right now! Okay? Scripture says if we have food and clothing we should be content with that. Yet, the reality is, most people are not content with that, are they? We want a little bit more. 
Let me ask you another question. How many of you, and be honest about this, this is important. How many of you honestly believe that if you had a little bit more money, it would make your life better? Would you raise your hands right now? If you really believe that would make your life better, raise your hands up, raise your hands! No, no, no, no! Now, hang on just a second! Go back just a couple of minutes and I asked you, "Do you believe that money and things buy happiness?" and you said, "No!" And yet, now when I ask you if you would have had a little bit more money, would that make your life better? And most of you are saying, "Well, yes, it would!" Why is that? Because intellectually, when we can say money and things do not buy happiness, most of us, the way we live communicates that we really deep down believe that if we only had something else, then we would be satisfied! In fact, Gallup did a poll to find out how much people thought they needed to make in order to be happy and here is what he found out; those who made under thirty thousand dollars a year, they said if we could make their average amount, if we could make seventy four thousand dollars a year, that would be enough. And I can remember not too long ago, making under thirty thousand dollars a year and thinking, seventy four thousand dollars, that sounds like unlimited amounts of funds, until we had six kids, and all of a sudden that didn't seem like that much money. They asked people who made around fifty thousand dollars a year; "How much would you need to make to be happy?" And the average response was; "A hundred thousand dollars a year." Those of you making fifty or below, you are like, "Dude, yeah, hundred grand, baby, party!" And yet, there are some of you who make a hundred thousand dollars, or maybe you have a combined income of a hundred thousand dollars, with a big mortgage payment, a couple of car payments, a kid or two in private school, and you are saying; "I've got news for you, it doesn't go as far as you think!" In reality, most people, if they were truly honest, what do you need to be happy? Most people would say, "Just a little bit more!"
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All the way back to the Garden of Eden; Adam and Eve had everything that anyone could ever want, everything, in a sin-free environment! And God said, "Enjoy, be fruitful, multiply! But there is one tree you have to avoid!" And Satan, Lucifer, in the form of a serpent, came along and said, "Did God really say, 'You can't have that?' " I mean, you've got everything else, but since you don't have that one thing, don't you need that one thing you don't have to be happy? What do you need? Just a little bit more. Think about when Satan tempted Jesus in three ways. One of the ways Satan tempted Jesus was, he took Him up to the top of a mountain and said, "Look at everything, as far as the eye can see! Don't you want that? If you just bow down and worship me, you could have all that!" Because, won't a little bit more make you happier? Well, Jesus obviously knew better, but most of us don't; because the average person today is living a very dissatisfied life. Can't we just have a little more?
 
Jesus told a parable that sort of ties into this in Luke 12, starting in verse 16. He said this, "The ground of a certain right man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, ‘This is what I'll do. I will tear down my bars and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." Which in reality, is what most of us hope for, isn't it? Truthfully, I mean, one day when we get to such and such, and then we will be happy. It may not be more money; we can be dissatisfied with all sorts of things. It could be we are dissatisfied with our bodies, if only I could lose 20 pounds or 40 pounds, or 60 pounds! Or, if I could gain 20 pounds, or 40 pounds, or 60 pounds! Or, dissatisfied with our relationships; one day, when I get married, oh then I will be happy! Or, I wish I was married to a better person, I thought one day when I was married, but now I'm married to him and he's not what I thought! And, oh my gosh! I was happy with my iPhone, until the new phone came out, the 3GS 2.489B model, which has an app that can scramble your eggs, and I don't have that one! And, one day when I get that one, then I'll be....HAPPY! One day when I get there, then I can take life....EASY! You see, I'm not there, I'm not satisfied yet! But, one day, when.....then.....I'll be happy! And here is what God said, verse 20; "You fool!
This very night your life will be demanded from you...this is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
 
So, here's what I want to do today; I want to talk to you very directly about how to be dissatisfied. If you ever find yourself with becoming content with life and very thankful to God, I want you to follow these 5 Simple Steps to a guaranteed life of dissatisfaction. Are you ready?
 
Step #1; how to be dissatisfied, #1: I want to encourage you to become great at being ungrateful. Be great at being ungrateful. Hebrews 12:28 says, Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, (don't be that!) and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. For those of you that are believers, some people might tell you; you know you are a joint heir with Christ and you are going to inherit the Kingdom of God and you are going to have mansions in Heaven and you are going to have new glorified bodies forever and ever and ever! I don't want you to think about that at all, that is not important! What is important is... NOW! Eternity is not important, what is important is now. And although God may have given you a lot of things, there are so many things you don't have and I want you to focus on those to develop a spirit of ungratefulness. Now, here is what you do; what you can do is resent God's goodness in other people's lives. Okay? For instance, watch the show Extreme Makeover and sit there and wonder, "Why couldn't that be me, I wish that was me!" You know, resent whenever God blesses someone else, and then make sure you ignore God's goodness in your own life. Never be thankful that you've got good health or never be thankful that your kids are doing well. Or, never be thankful that you own a vehicle, which puts you in the top 3% of the wealthiest people in the world. Be ungrateful that you are not in the top one-half of 1%! Be like the 9 lepers. When Jesus went and healed 10, only 1 came back to show his gratitude and the other 9 went on with their lives without being grateful. If you want to be dissatisfied, be great at being ungrateful. Step #2; this is so mission critical. What I want you to do is to compare what you have to people who have more. Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 10:12; (stupid verse!) it says, "We do not dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise." Well, they may not be wise, but they are doing what they have to do, because you have to compare to know where you rank. Okay, here is what you do. Whenever you start to be satisfied with something, find someone who has something better or more. For example, if you start to like your house, just go to a show home that is better than yours. Then, come back to your shack, right? If you see somebody maybe, compare husbands, or compare wives, compare hair! Ladies, look at the other girl's hair, "How does she get her hair to do that? My hair is so, why...." Guys, if you don't have hair, find someone who does, and look at their hair and compare. Compare who has the most friends on Facebook and compare who has the most songs on their iTunes. Compare, if you've got one of those washer and dryers where you have to lift the thing up and put the clothes in from the top; oh, dear Jesus you are deprived! If you don't have a stand up one, where you can go in from the front baby, you can never be happy! Compare salaries, you find somebody who does less than you and makes more than you; oh baby, that's good for a spirit of ungratefulness! Ladies, compare your bodies to the ladies on the magazines who haven't eaten since 2002, right? Compare with them! The ones that are being airbrushed and have more invested in their upper half than you have invested in retirement! Compare your body to those people, okay? You will not ever measure up, baby! That last comment, don't know where that came from! Sorry! Compare with people who have more. Step #3: Make sure you pursue temporary possessions over eternal treasures. Pursue temporary possessions over eternal treasures. Luke 12:15; Jesus, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Could you think of a stupider thing? Everyone knows your life is your possessions! Your life isn't relationships, your life isn't things that are going to last; your life is in the temporary! Everybody say this, everybody say, "More is better!" Say it again, "More is better, bigger is better, newer is better!" Very good, it feels good doesn't it? Pursue those temporary things, never ever eternal treasures! Step #4; this is so great! Resent God for where you are in life! If you want to be miserable and dissatisfied, resent God for where you are in life. Psalm 43:2; a guy in captivity cries out, "God you are my stronghold, but why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?" God it's your fault. If you were who you were you really say, then I wouldn't be in this place! God I'm angry with you because I'm not married and I'm such and such, God I am angry with you that I did life the way I was supposed to and now I am in this marriage that isn't so good. God, I am angry at you that I have been giving faithfully and serving and yet, so and so is more materially blessed. God, I am angry at you that I am not where I thought I should be in life. God, if you were really who you said you were than I would be more where I wanted to be! You want to be dissatisfied? Resent God that you aren't where you thought you should be in life. Step #5: To top it all off, what I want you to do is develop an attitude of entitlement. Baby, you deserve more! Romans 6:23; people say, "Well, for the wages of sin is death!" You deserve death, you've done wrong in the eyes of a Holy God and you don't deserve anything! No, no, no, no, no; you deserve more! You have had a rough life and you've worked hard! Baby, you have got it coming to you, you deserve it! You deserve those new shoes, you deserve that new purse, and you deserve that new boat! Baby, you deserve that half-gallon of Chunky Monkey ice cream! You deserve it! Don't let anybody talk you out of it! You deserve it! You deserve that $120,000 boat on your $30,000 salary! Go get it baby, go get it! I know some of you are going to complain to me in your emails right now, go ahead and just make them out to [email protected]'tgivearip.com! Send them right there and send them in, because I believe God's heart is breaking in how dissatisfied and ungrateful we can be. What I need to say to you is this has been oddly enough, one of THE most difficult series to preach; I mean it really, really has! It has been excruciating for me and I want to say up front, I acknowledge that God has done a significant work in some people's lives, unquestionably. But, the vast majority of the people under my care, I honestly believe are not getting it. This is so painful, because what I'm saying is the opposite, being sarcastic, and that is hard enough to do anyway. I mean it is just difficult to do, but to know that we can laugh about it and the majority of people will continue living like this; it's got to be heartbreaking to God. Here is the deal; I prepared this message and I put it aside and thought, I can't preach this. So, I wrote a totally different message because I honestly thought, nobody is going to change; nobody is going to change. People will laugh and nod and go to church and go on about their lives. It took me consulting with others and praying it through to bring it back and say, "Yes, I'm going to preach this message." During the week of preparation I thought, it's not going to do any good, and here is why. Here is the heart of it; to conclude this series I want to bring it all into this moment. Here is the deal. Don't tell me what you believe, show me how you live. Okay? Here is the key in the whole series; how we live reveals what we really believe, and most people, including so many parts of my life, the way we are living says this; what Christ offers is not as good as what the world offers. The way we are living, if you look at our lives, the way we are living is basically saying that what Christ offers is not as good as what the world offers. 
Go back to week #1; How to Commit Adultery. "Well, God I promise for better or for worse, and now 8 years later, 12 years later, I don't believe that what I promised to you is as good as that other person out there. What you offer is not as good as something else."
 
Week #2; How to Drift from God: "Okay, yeah I did the God thing, prayed the prayer; yeah, God whatever, now I am putting God on a shelf, because there is all these shiny things out there that I just want to pursue."
 
Week #3; How to Be Addicted: "Well, I know God is like life and freedom and joy and all that stuff! But I need peace, baby, and I can find comfort in this bottle! I need peace and I need something else to give me what I am missing, because Christ is not enough!"
 
I don't know what to do and I don't know where to go and I don't know how to convince, not just you but me; that what He offers is not only enough, but it is far more than enough. So, all I know is in my own personal life, me in my prayer time; I have been in what I would consider probably a 2-year deep repentance, trying to overcome the worldliness that I have. It's a deep repentance; it's a grieving, it's an aching, it's a continual prayer, it's not just a 30 second prayer at the end of a message, but it's a... "I refuse to settle for the things that do not last, I will not accept that in my life and I will not let my family go in that direction." It's just a deep repentance; it's a deep repentance. What I want to say to our campus pastors and our network church pastors, I am going to invite you to come up in a few moments and to lead the people there, whatever way you choose to, through a really deep time of prayer. Whatever you want to do, just be prepared for that, but I want to close out with this verse of scripture, because this is what I'm meditating on; Philippians 3:7-8, this is Paul writing from a prison. He is looking back on his life and he says this, he says; "Whatever was to my profit" (all the things that I thought mattered, that I wanted, all that stuff, whatever benefited me.); "Whatever was to my profit I now consider it loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." (If I can internalize that, live that, believe that... everything else is a loss) "Compared to knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things." And then he talks about those things that he thought were important and he says, "I consider them rubbish that I might gain Christ..." I consider them rubbish. The Greek word that is translated rubbish is the word ‘skubala', ‘skubalon'; the best translation for it is ‘dung' or worse. In our world it would be the bad form of human body waste. That is what it means; I consider this stuff...that... that I might gain Christ. And, for those of you who refuse to join me and continue to do this, my heart breaks for you that you will always live dissatisfied. But, for those of you who will fight (because I believe it's gonna take a fight) with deep repentance and say, "The things of this world will never satisfy; they are ‘skubala', are considered all a loss, that I might gain Christ." I promise you, we will discover that not only is He enough, but he is way more than enough. 
Pastors, if you will prepare; I am going to pray and then you take over. God, would you lead those who would speak into the lives to their people right now and God, by the power of your Spirit, break all of the lies that we wrongly believe and may the truth of your Son, Jesus, set us free; we count it all a loss that we might gain your Son Jesus. Now God work through these pastors, that we would be deeply repentant and that we may gain Christ, and Christ alone. In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.

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