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THE SECRET OF CONTENTMENT

“I know how to be abased, and I know how to be abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Phil. 4:12) (NKJV)

 

It is possible for a person who is saved and who attends church services regularly to still be in bondage.  A man who is saved and not content with what he has cannot live a peaceful and fulfilled life.  Although, there is a place for ambition and aspirations in a persons’ life, but this must be within the confines of the word of God.

Contentment is a state of being mentally and emotionally satisfied with not only things as they are, but with where you are and with what you have.  It is a state of not envying others, knowing that fulfillment can only be found in God (Phil. 4:12-13), and with the understanding that anything else is vanity (Eccl. 12:8).

Money does not bring happiness (Eccl. 5:10).  We have also been warned not to put our trust in it because the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). Money is meant to be a tool for us to use while in this world.  Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6).

We were created by God for a purpose, to serve and please Him (Rev. 4:11).  God created us for different purposes.  Why envy the other person?  Be content with what you have (Heb.13:5).  God has promised never to leave nor forsake you and he cannot lie.  There is a definite culture and pattern in the Kingdom of God.  To live a fulfilling life in Christ and enjoy the blessings that make rich and add no sorrows, we must not only understand the ways of God but live it.

Lack of contentment is not only a sign that you do not trust or believe God to meet your needs, but It also shows that your faith is little (Matt. 6:30).  Lack of contentment places you in the same position as an unbeliever (Matt. 6:25).  We must be satisfied with what we have, with who we are and with where we are going.

There will always be challenges in this life, but to be of good cheer (John 16:33) because Jesus Christ has paid the price.  At the right time, God will surely grant you the desires of your heart.  Learn to be content with what you have as you study the word of God (Phil. 4:10-14), fixing your eyes on God and not on the things of this world, knowing that God will make a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13).

Contentment is not about possession but about knowing who you are in Christ Jesus.  God loves you too much to leave you or forsake you (Heb.13:5).  The secret is to trust and believe Him (Matt. 6:26), looking away from your present circumstances.

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