Summary: We may be lulled to sleep and even to spiritual death by self-satisfaction.

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One of the greatest problems facing the Church, today, is

that far too many of us are comfortable.

A. If a person is satisfied, there is no challenge or

drive to go any further or do any more.

1. This satisfaction can show itself in many almost all but one, it is not good.

a. It’s O.K. to be satisfied with what God’s

will is for us.

1.) This is the only one that is good.

Psalm 63:3-8 - 3 Because Your lovingkindness

is better than life, My lips shall praise You.

4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift

up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul shall

be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And

my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

6 When I remember You on my bed, I

meditate on You in the night watches. 7

Because You have been my help, Therefore

in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.

8 My soul follows close behind You;

Your right hand upholds me.

2. Some are satisfied with where the local

congregation is.

a. In number and in spiritual strength.

1.) As a matter of fact, they might

worry if the congregation became

a little too “radically involved”.

a.) It would force them to go

beyond where they are,

spiritually.....and I just told

you....THEY ARE




3. Some are satisfied that they are doing enough

for the Kingdom.

a. This is amazing.....especially when we

see that their.....”enough”.....really comes

to the fact that they do NOTHING for

the Kingdom of God.

4. Then there are those who think that they

hold the things of God in a high priority.

a. They are satisfied with the duration and

the frequency, as well as the quality of

their prayer life.

b. They study the Bible enough.

c. They meditate on the things of God.......

once a week........around the Lord’s

Supper table.

As a matter of fact, they may be satisfied with everything

and everyone.........EXCEPT GOD!

A. Being satisfied is a very dangerous thing.....

especially when it comes to the things of God.

This morning I preached a message which should have

been a challenge to everybody......including myself.

A. This is what we assume, anyway.........but such

may not be the case.

1. Sometimes people don’t feel properly

challenged by the preaching......they may

not feel challenged because they are satisfied

with things as they are.

a. Are you satisfied with things the way

they are?

I. Are we, individually, satisfied with our diligence.....with

the demonstrated dedication and actual work that we do

in the Church?

A. There are many things that need to be done and

demand our attention.

1. Door-to-door calling cannot be completed

by one man or even three or four men.

a. Each one of us needs to take this

responsibility seriously.

1.) We cannot be satisfied if we never

do it.

a.) Do we understand........not

doing something can never be

construed as ACTUALLY


2. Teaching the young people’s classes and the

adult classes needs to happen.

a. I have seen that some people are quite

satisfied with letting, “George do it”.

1.) It may not be our favorite pastime...

perhaps we are very busy and it’s

hard to squeeze in the time to

prepare a class...........but does that

mean that the burden should fall

on the backs of only a few?

a.) Can we be satisfied with what

we are doing to help

to spiritually feed the

immature.......if this is the

case, it is quite possible that

we ARE the spiritually


Heb. 5:12-14 - 12For though by this time you ought to be

teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first

principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to

need milk and not solid food. 13For everyone who partakes

only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for

he is a babe. 14But solid food belongs to those who are of

full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their

senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

3. The Church will always have with it, the

sick....the shut in’s......the ag-ed......those

in hospitals........those in nursing homes.....

and others.

a. Are we satisfied with how we are

showing our care and concern for these


1.) How can doing little or nothing

for these folks satisfy us as

showing genuine care and


Matt. 25:41-46 - 41“Then He will also say to those on the

left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting

fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42‘for I was

hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you

gave Me no drink; 43‘I was a stranger and you did not take

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