Contentment

For my time of devotion, I read an article out of the daily bread.  I would love to share it with you. It has deep truth and makes us think in lines with contentment.

Contentment

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August 24, 2010 — by Albert Lee

Read: Philippians 4:4-13

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Thessalonians 5:18

// A poet once wrote: “As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. And when it’s cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.”

What an insightful observation on human nature! So when we read in Philippians 4:11, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” we wonder, Can this be possible?

For Paul it was. Philippians 4:12-13 describes Paul’s response to life: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (NIV). Paul’s relationship with God superseded whatever he did or did not have. His contentment was not based on his circumstances, but on his relationship with Christ.

Paul reminds us that contentment doesn’t happen overnight. It’s something that we learn. As our relationship with God develops over time and through experiences, we learn to trust God more and ourselves less. Paul knew that Christ would give him the strength to persevere in whatever situation he encountered (v.13).

No matter what you’re facing today, through prayer you can receive the strength to be content.

The world is filled with so much good
That brings us joy and pleasure,
But true fulfillment only comes
When Christ we love and treasure. —Sper

We find contentment at the same place we find salvation—in Christ.

God says Go by Bill Hybels

Pastor Henry: In my daily devotions, I came across this interesting devotional that I believe relates to all life.  May God bless you as you read.
“Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:10


If the truth were known, often you and I are the only obstacles standing in the way of our receiving a desperately needed miracle. Our requests may be right. The timing may not be a problem. But when our lives are wrong, God says, “Before I grant your request, I want you to grow. Put that sin away. Change your attitude. Stop that practice, end that pattern, get off that merry-go-round, reconcile that relationship, soften up your spirit, repent, receive forgiveness. Grow!” Probably none of us can understand how much God wants to change that impossible circumstance, touch that untouchable person, move that immovable mountain in our lives. We matter to him, and he wants to meet our needs and grant our requests if we will free him to do it. When our request is right, when the timing is right and when the person is right, God says, “Go!”
Nothing motivates people to develop their prayer lives more than answered prayers.

Thank-you Lord

When times get tough there is one choice that we as believers have and that is to say, Thank-you Lord.  When it seems that we may not be able to pay the bills this month, we can say, Thank-You Lord.   When we go to our car and it won’t start and when we go to work and our boss says we can go home.  We can say, “Thank You Lord

I know that this may sound silly but the reason that we should do this is because 1 Thess. 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” All circumstances is not only talking about the good but also when things are tough.  We serve a God who has done so much for us, that even when things are not going well we still have something to be thankful for.

“Lord, when the days ahead seem long and tough, help us to remember all that you have done for us so that we might always have something to be thankful for”.  Amen

Giants

When we think of Giants, we usually think of people who are enormous in size and strength. These are people who are so big and scary that we would never want to mess with them.

Although when we use the terms “Giants” we refer to people it can also be used to refer to situations in our life that we are trying to overcome.  These giants that we deal with seem so strong that we would rather run away than face them.

The truth is that we can overcome these Giants and it is through the grace and strength of God. Even when things and situations seem impossible, we serve a God who can help us overcome anything.

Phil 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Your Giants may be big but we have a God who is greater and bigger than any Giant that we will ever have to face.

Love and praying for you

Henry