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"Road to Contentment"

Date published: 05/12/2013
Philippians 4:12 “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.”  (NIV)  
How much turmoil occurs in your life due to lack of contentment with your job, financial status, friendships, spouse, or even lack of contentment with yourself?  A great deal of discontentment occurs from a non-stop barrage of advertising, coveting what others have, and comparing yourself to others.  Paul knew that Christ in him was the secret of contentment.  The more you let Christ into your life, the more contentment you will experience.  The areas you lack contentment are often the very areas you have shut God out.  Haggai 1:9 demonstrates this, “‘You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little.   What you brought home, I blew away.  Why?’ declares the Lord Almighty.  ‘Because of My house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.’”  Every day allow God to inhabit every area of your life through prayer and reading His Word. Respond to God’s leading and follow Him whole-heartedly, knowing that in Him you will find contentment. 
1 Timothy 6:6-9, 11-12a “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.”  (NIV)