The entitlement mentality gives us the notion that God is obligated to make our dreams come through, if He doesn’t we feel He has failed us. Many, therefore, feel cheated, get angry at God, or blame someone else, like their parents for example, or spouse, guardian and so on. Some even begin to hate themselves, believing they are failures and would never amount to anything. They develop and put on attitudes and mood swings.

This is exactly where the enemy wants us to be, to get us.  He causes us to take away our eyes and hearts off of God and become focused on ourselves.  The enemy uses this to cut us off from God, the source of our life.

We feel this way because our modern day culture has programmed our psyche for success, achievements, and fame.  The church has not helped much either with the prosperity and self- glorification messages.  Many in the church are just as obsessed with money and success as much as the world, preachers inclusive.

We measure our self worth by the stuff we possess or don’t have, our achievements and acceptance by people.  We’ve forgotten Scriptures that teach us contentment.

“But Godliness with contentment is great gain.

And having food and clothing let us be content”(1Timothy 6:6, 8).

“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15).

Do you truly want to be happy?  Then you must learn contentment.

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

The striving to always have more of the better things of life, to acquire more stuff, more money, to climb the ladder of success have robbed many of peace and joy.  Learn contentment.  Get rid of that entitlement mentality that God is obligated to make you rich and successful or make your dream come true.  Quit striving and striving for achievements and material things.  Learn to rest in God and trust Him to provide for your well-being (Psalm 23:1,Matt.6:33). 

In conclusion: please don’t get this message wrong, first, the Bible teaches diligence and is against laziness or slothfulness.  Secondly, God has blessed some Christians materially, it’s not sinful for a Christian to be rich nor to have and enjoy some of the good things of this life (1 Tim. 6:17), but if or when our conducts, attitudes, ambitions, aims and motives are wrong or become wrong then it becomes a sin before God, to be repented of.  Examine your own heart.  What’s your disposition to money and the things of this world? 

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