“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
Memory Verse: “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,” Ephesians 5:18.
Have you ever wondered why some people are nicknamed “Oliver Twist”? An orphan boy Oliver in a novel written by Charles Dickens in 1938 was being punished for asking for more porridge. The name Oliver Twist through this, became very popular and is widely used to refer to people who are never satisfied and are always asking for more.
The world we live in today has a whole lot more numbers of Oliver Twists rising but many don’t realise that most things in life have been strategically placed to milk the unwise dry, so we see an average man and woman running a swift rat race to meet up with one demand or another. Once a thing or task is achieved, we see a run into looking for the next big thing again and one way or another we spend our time on earth being Oliver Twists’ increasing the statistics.
The result of this is that we get constantly milked dry either directly or indirectly because we miss the No1 ingredient of living a fulfilling life – Contentment.
The bible examines the lives of various individuals who were not necessarily the richest at their time but understood the meaning of the word “Contentment”. King David at a time in his life looked around him and thought he was now comfortable, and he thus desired to build a house for the Lord “Now it came to pass, when David was dwelling in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under tent curtains.” I Chronicles 17:1.
David did not intend to do it just because he was a king and the richest person alive in his time, but he was contented with where he was and thought to do something for the Lord.
No matter how much we live, there will be one thing or another we desire and as a result we let the world milk us dry with all the things we desire to achieve or own and spend less and less time in the presence of God, walking with Him. The end result may be physical wealth accumulation but spiritual bankruptcy which all still means we are at level 0 as all material things is vanity in the end and will not go to eternity with us.
The difference better the Holy spirit and any other spirit is that the Holy spirit will fill you up whiles the worldly spirit milks you dry.
Don’t let the world milk you dry, retrace your step to the Lord and begin to enjoy the benefits of living life at the fullest. And you can be an Oliver Twist with God, He has in abundance to meet each and every of your needs exceedingly more than you can imagine.
- Father I thank you for your unlimited grace
- Help me Lord to love you and fellowship with you endlessly
- I rededicate my life to you Lord, help me to build treasures in heaven rather than on earth.
- Help me to walk with you, live for you and be an ambassador showcasing your love to the world and winning souls to your kingdom
- Forgive me all my sins Lord and give me a willing spirit
- Thank you for answers to prayers, in Jesus name, AMEN.