“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. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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AUDIO VERSIONLIVING IN CONTENTMENT PART 1Contentment is something we all must learn. We are not born content, and we are taught by society to always try to get more (new clothes, cars, a new home, etc.).
“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. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
We are always looking for something new and are never satisfied with what we have. This is human nature, and even in Bible times, it was the same.
Paul is saying that he had learned not only to experience contentment but what was real contentment through Jesus.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
True contentment is wanting what you have, not what you want. This is what Paul had learned, and he had learned that God had created us to love people and use things, but somewhere along the way, we have reversed that truth and learned to use people and love things.
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself." (Philippians 2:3)
Paul learned that wants and desires change, and most of all, so do our circumstances. They do not minister to the needs of our hearts, whether having a want or having an abundance.
How do you define contentment? Do you need Prayer? We are here to pray with you.
“Heavenly Father, I am so thankful to call You Father as Jesus is my Lord and Savior. In this relationship, I have true contentment. Knowing You know what is best for me and walking in the assurance of eternal life in You, I am content. You have so many promises in Your Word that I will and do ponder, and acting on these provisions is where I have true peace and contentment in You. Thank You for being my Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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