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The Treasure of Contentment

 "Money has never yet made anyone rich."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, ca. 60 A.D

Phil 4:11-13 (KJV) 
Not that I speak in respect of want: 
for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, 
therewith to be content. 
{12} I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: 
every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,
 both to abound and to suffer need. 
{13} I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Phil 3:7-10 (KJV) 
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 
{8} Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss 
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: 
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, 
and do count them but dung, 
that I may win Christ, 
{9} And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, 
which is of the law, 
but that which is through the faith of Christ, 
the righteousness which is of God by faith: 
{10} That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, 
and the fellowship of his sufferings, 
being made conformable unto his death;

Deu 8:2-3 (KJV) 
And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God 
led thee these forty years in the wilderness,
 to humble thee, and to prove thee, 
to know what was in thine heart, 
whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 

{3} And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger,
 and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not,
 neither did thy fathers know;
 that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, 
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD 
doth man live.

Psa 23 (TLB) 
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!
 {2} He lets me rest in the meadow grass 
and leads me beside the quiet streams. 
He gives me new strength.
 He helps me do what honors him the most. 
{3} {4} Even when walking through the dark valley of death
 I will not be afraid,
 for you are close beside me, 
guarding, guiding all the way. 

{5} You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. 
You have welcomed me as your guest; 
blessings overflow! 
{6} Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life,
 and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.

Prov 3:13-16 (TLB) 
The man who knows right from wrong 
and has good judgment and common sense
 {14} is happier than the man who is immensely rich!
 {15} For such wisdom is far more valuable than precious jewels.
 Nothing else compares with it. 
{16} Wisdom gives: a long, good life, riches, honor, pleasure, peace.

Mat 6:19-21
{19}  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, 
where moth and rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves break through and steal:
{20}  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
 where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
{21}  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


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