by Jimmy Evans

The Discipline Of Simplicity
Jimmy Evans
1 Timothy 2:2

INTRODUCTION: As more and more becomes available to us in our lives because of technology, opportunity, ability or social prestige, we must be careful not to allow our lives to become too complicated.

This lesson will focus on some reasons and help for keeping our lives in God's will for a lifetime.

Mark 4:19 - Fruitless Christians - worries, cares of this world; deceitfulness, ''lust''- desire for other thing.

3 major enemies
- worry
- greed
- lack of control ''lust''

3 great lies
- my purpose is to succeed
- money is the answer
- more is better

What these lies produce:
- lose my joy
- have no opportunity or desire to seek God
- have no opportunity to love others or to build lasting relationships

(gain the world - lose your soul)

Satan's strategy
- Complicate or confuse our lives so we can't love God or others (Matt.22)

The Proof of Simplicity

- I can fulfill my obligations to God and the priorities in my life in their proper order without undue stress, constant conflict or dread. My life can be characterized by an optimistic pursuit of priorities with a protective attitude against undue complications.
- I live my life in a pervading peace and with an overall sense of success and satisfaction.
- My life is do-able. (I can fulfill my assignment)
- The focus of my life is God and people.

The Promise of Simplicity

- Matthew 11:28-30 - ''Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy- laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light. '' The Principles of Simplicity 1. Accountability to Christ - vs. 28 - ''Come to Me''
- Weariness and heavy social, financial and personal demands are not the by-products of obedience to God, they are the fruits of disobedience. - Jesus won't lead us into stress or weariness.

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