Contentment Lesson 3

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Window shopping.... it can really get you into trouble... that is what the Old Testament character discovered after he let his covetous heart convince him he could disobey a direct order, and get away with it.... like the animal in today's lesson, sometimes our choices take us into a trap from which we cannot escape if we choose to stay in our pride and rebellion... Avoiding the bondages of personal expectations.... My soul, wait thou only upon God!

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Avoiding the bondage of personal expectations.:

Avoiding the bondage of personal expectations. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.    Psalm 62:5   Character Sketches, Vol. 3 IBLP, 1978, pages 104-103 various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 3

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Loves a shoreline Is said to be equipped with a 6-in-1 tool Eyesight like a rifle, depends on accuracy From Scripture… Did not fully give up flesh expectations & went after what he wanted instead Thought he could get away with it His choices led to the death of others

The American Oystercatcher:

The American Oystercatcher Haematopus = Grk for "blood foot“; ref. the oystercatcher’s pink legs Palliatus =L. "cloaked”; ref. the black "cloak" of feathers on its head Two types breed in N. Am: one on the East Coast & one on the West Coast, from NW Baja CA southward. (Northward, the Black Oystercatcher dominates.)

Life as an American Oystercatcher…:

Life as an American Oystercatcher… You are usually 1 of 2 or 3 siblings… Your parents vigorously protect you by faking injury, running erratically, attacking with their bills, or suddenly freezing… (unless they are trying to take over a nest with more or bigger eggs ) You must get your prey on the first strike… Seagulls can bully you out of a meal… You eat a lot…

Lessons from the oystercatcher :

Lessons from the oystercatcher Cease the struggle when the contention cannot be resolved… Psalm 37:8; ; Proverbs 15:1 Especially when rejected by unbelievers. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 When in conflict with other believers… 1 Peter 5:5b

An example of discontent…:

An example of discontent…

From lookthoughtto deed:

From look thoughtto deed * Achan knew the orders, but coveted “stuff ”~ Joshua 7:21 * Firstfruits belong to the Lord ~ Lev 19:23-25 * Jericho was the first fruit of the conquest of Canaan~ Joshua 2:1, 6:17-21 * I gnored repentance; chose to hide, lie, & compound his sin~ Ro 6:12-13 * Disobedience costs~ Num 15:30-31 Josh 7:11, 1 Cor 12:26, Heb 10:23-27

Contentment:

Avoiding the bondage of personal expectations… Contentment

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