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City Church Notes: Peopleology – Dealing with Dissatisfaction

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Another great message tonight by Pastor Steve Munsey of City Church Chicago.

This is my way of recharging the batteries for the week so here are some notes you can glean from.  Also, if you are in Chicago, consider dropping by one Sunday night with your family and pay a visit!

Pastor Kent Munsey –

Is anyone here in an agreement that money and “things: really don’t buy happiness?

Most of us, by the way we live, outwardly communicate that we are not happy with what we have.

Gallup poll:
Those that have high-incomes ($75k+) are among those showing the largest declines in personal satisfaction from 2008 to 2009.

Sin is never satisfied…are you never satisfied? When is enough, enough?  What is your standard or understanding?  This is what Timothy said in the New Testament:

1 Timothy 6:8 (The Message)

A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.

It is easy to become dissatisfied with what God has blessed you with.  Look around at what you have right now…have you THANKED GOD for it all?

We are programmed to make money, buy more “things” and we store them up.   However is that right?  Read this scripture:

Luke 12:18-21 (The Message)

18“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘

20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Dissatisfaction and discontentment can destroy your life.

How can you be dissatisfied in life? (Pastor Kent shares a devil’s advocate point of view)

1. Become great at being ungrateful – If you want to be ungrateful, think about the things you don’t have. Resent the blessings that other people have versus being thankful for what God has given you. The top 1% of the world makes over $14,000 /yr.  If you want to be dissatisfied, just be ungrateful…but be good at it!

2. Compare what you have to other people – Compare to know where you rank amongst your peers.  Find someone who does less than you do yet makes more money than you do. Want to be miserable? Keep comparing…you will be dissatisfied.

2 Corinthians 10:12 (New International Version)

12We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

3. You do not seek eternal treasures –  Whoever gets the most toys wins, right?  Do you hear someone saying, “First, I want the bigger, newer house…once I get that I will then start giving to God okay?”  Pursuit of temporary wealth will help lead you to unhappiness.

Luke 12:15 (The Message)

15Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

4. Blame God for everything – After all God let’s all things happen, so why don’t you blame him?  Accept no responsibility for your own actions.

Psalm 43:2

God you are my stronghold!

5. Develop an attitude on entitlement – The Greatest Generation Who Ever Lived (World War II era) had an attitude of hard-word and prosperity because they never felt entitled, but committed to building up one another.

Romans 6:23 (New International Version)

23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When Paul was writing in the book of Philippians, he was writing from a position of reflection.  He was looking back at all he had done, accomplished and spoke for what Jesus had taught, saying,

Philippians 3:8 (New International Version)

8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Final Thoughts

This is what God really wants for you, in the midst of your “getting” and “acquiring of things”.

Luke 12:29-32 (The Message)

29-32“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.

Really puts things into perspective, eh?  Isn’t God so freakin’ awesome?

Amen!  God bless you, have a great week!

P.S. Are you looking to visit a bible-based, bible-teaching church in Chicago?  I invite you to come to 777 N. Green St, Chicago, IL (Chicago and Halsted) at 5:30pm, Sundays!  We’d love to have you!!

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