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"Secret of Contentment"

Date published: 11/03/2014
Philippians 4:11 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (NIV) 

   It has been said that a lack of contentment is at the root of all sin. Considering the wealth, comfort, convenience, and ease of life compared to ages past, there should be little sin! Contentment is an insatiable condition that can only be filled by God. At the root of your contentment is the value you place on everything in your life. The value you place on something flows out of whose on the throne of your life. Galatians 2:20 describes God’s order, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  (NIV) You occupying God’s throne in your life allows your sinful nature to run wild with needs, wants, and desires that are impossible to satisfy outside of Christ satisfying them.  2 Corinthians 8:9 depicts Christ’s perfect example of contentment, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”(NIV) Jesus perfectly demonstrated how God’s filling freed Him to become less, so that God could become more.  

   Following in Jesus’ steps by yourself is impossible, but by trusting fully in God’s grace and love you can find contentment through His strength. Philippians 4:12-13 reveals where your strength comes from, “I (Paul) 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) God will meet you in your fear, so that you can trust Him; satisfy your anxiety about tomorrow, and quench your needs with the richness of His provision, love, and direction.  The next time you find yourself in a drought of contentment, know that your needs can be fully satisfied by your trusting in Christ’ strength through the Holy Spirit. 

Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (NIV) 

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