Saturday, February 11, 2012

Content.



The Bible teaches us to "be content" no matter what our circumstances are. In Philippians 4:11, Paul said, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content." 

 Being content is to be"satisfied to the point where you are not disturbed or disquieted".  

It doesn't say satisfied to the point where you don't want change, but satisfied for now until God brings the change. Philippians 4:6-7sheds more light in this area by saying, "Have no anxiety about anything, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, continue to let God know what you want" 

Allow me to paraphrase these scriptures in my language for you. Don't be upset about anything, no matter what is happening. Pray about it, and tell God your needs. While you are waiting for God to move, be very thankful and grateful for all that God has done for you already.


Being thankful from the heart is necessary for the receiving of God's continued favors in our lives. 

Then verse 7 says after this: 
1. Have no anxiety or care
2. Tell God your needs
3. Be thankful. 

Then you will have tremendous peace and contentment no matter what state you are in while you are waiting for God to work out His will in your life. 

One of my favorites....
Romans 8:28 
"All things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose."  

Even the hard times can work into God's perfect plan for our lives. 
Cast your care on Him, and be a thankful person. 
Take inventory each day of what you have instead of counting up all the things that you don't have.
Meditate on what God has done in your life instead of what you are still waiting on Him to do. 
Your flesh wants you to concentrate on what you don't have. 
Your spirit wants you to ask God for what you don't have, yet concentrate on what you do have. 

 John 14:27 
"Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled."  

Jesus left us a legacy of peace, and He wants us to use it.
I have discovered that the secret of being content is to ask God for what I want, and know that "if it is right" He will bring it to pass "at the right time," and if it isn't right, God will do something much better than what I asked for anyway. 

We must learn to trust God completely if we ever intend to enjoy living a peaceful and joyous life.

It is good to trust God for something, but God is calling His people not only to trust Him "for something," but to trust Him "in everything." 

 The very things we think are awful right now, very often can turn out to be a great blessing. 
The greatest trial can develop in you the greatest faith. 


Sometimes we may assume that anything that doesn't feel good isn't good.
Exercise doesn't feel good, but it is good. 
When a rebellious child receives a spanking, it doesn't feel good, but it is good.  

Maybe we (including myself!) need to learn to be more concerned with the "later" on than with "right" now.

Soooo....

Lets Trust God! 

Hide yourself in the secret place (in Him)

God loves YOU.

He is a good God who only does good things.

Be content knowing that His way is perfect, and He brings with Him many wonderful blessings for those who trust in Him.

2 Comments:

At February 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM , Blogger ginanorma said...

LOVE this, I've seen and am familiar with similar things and of course believe and live this, but haven't quite seen this before, thanks for sharing, it's beautiful!!! Yes Lord, help us to not be swayed by positive or negative things in our life, help us to only find level ground IN YOU!

 
At February 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Kerri said...

Ahhh contentment. Something I have really been trying to have for a long time. Such a good post girl! My post today kind of ties in with this theme... being at peace in the midst of troubles. Moving on to Plan B even when you really want Plan A. yep... good stuff!

 

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