“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 2The major value in life is the ability to love people, not things. This was the focus Paul had learned to face: life as it is, and it was through who he was in Jesus.
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
Your life is full of trials and errors, ups, downs, good, bad, happy, sad, comfortable, discomfort, and so on. It is up to you to decide your attitude toward them.
Paul shows you by the life he lived that "contentment" does not rest on what he had or did but rests on who he was in Jesus. The same applies to you.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;" (Philippians 4:6)
If you follow Paul's examples of how Jesus helped him to be content, you will be able to boldly confess that you, too, have learned to be content in looking at your current circumstances.
Have you been led to believe you can not be content? "plenty or lack." Paul says you can if Jesus is in you and you are in Him.
"The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil." (Proverbs 19:23)
Contentment does not mean that you deny reality and deny that the struggles of life are real. Contentment does not deny that your wants and desires are actual, either.
Contentment is not pretending that things are perfect when they are not. Contentment knows that God is in control of all things, that God is more significant than any problem you can and will ever have and that He will work them all out for your good if you belong to Him.
Instead of saying, "I do not know how I am going to do this today,"say, "Heavenly Father, I can not wait to see how you are going to work this out for my good."
You are not alone because Jesus is with you every step of the way. All you have to do is set your mind on things above and not on things on earth, and you can do all things through Jesus because He is your strength. Stay connected to God today through prayer and the Word of God.
Would you describe contentment as having everything you want?Do you need Prayer? We are here to pray with you.
“Heavenly Father, I know true contentment as I know You and act on Your Word. I set my mind on things above and not on things on earth, and I can do all things through Jesus because He is my strength. I will stay connected to You today through prayer and the Word of You, Father God. Thank You for giving me all I will ever need to be content in life and for eternity. All praise to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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