The Apostle Paul writes, “I have learned the secret of being Content.” In other words Contentment is a field which must be cultivated, and cultivation takes observation and attention. Now, let us get right into the scriptures, to establish God’s truth. Christ is the key to Contentment, hence the Bible says, “And this is the secret: Christ in your hearts is your only hope of glory.” Read Colossians 1:27 (TLB). So how do we embrace and walk in the reality of Contentment?
RESIST: The word means to “take a stand properly,” or in military terms, “to strongly resist an opponent.” You must RESIST every attempt to compare yourself to other people. The Bible says, “Oh, don’t worry, I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how good they are! Their trouble is that they are only comparing themselves with each other and measuring themselves against their own little ideas. What stupidity!” Read 2 Corinthians 10:12 (TLB). To take your “stand properly” is to “rightly divide the word of truth,” (“you are fearfully and wonderfully made”), this is how you resists the devil. And according to scripture, “and he (devil) will flee from you.” Read James 4:7 (AMP).
REJOICE: in what you have. In other words, “favourably disposed, leaning towards.” See what the Bible says, “And, of course, it is very good if a man has received wealth from the Lord and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him joy.” Read Ecclesiastes 5:19 (TLB). Watch this dearly beloved, to rejoice is a covenant attitude, because the Bible says, “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (TLB). IF you want to know God’s will for your life; we just saw it in the scripture, “GOD’S WILL FOR YOU IS TO BE THANKFUL ALWAYS.”
RELEASE: what you have to help others. Giving is the antidote to materialism, and the opposite of getting or acquiring or hoarding or being stingy. Listen to what the Bible says, “Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” Read 1 Timothy 6:17 (TLB). “Freely you have received, freely give.” Read Matthew 10:8 (NIV). In other words, BE FLUID, don’t let things own you, instead be a conduit through which God can use to bless His precious people; and by the way releasing is not only monetary!!!. Have you heard the terminology, “sowing and reaping.?” It is about releasing what is in your hands, so that much more can flow back to you. Listen to this beautiful verse of scripture, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” Read Proverbs 3:27 (KJV).
RE-FOCUS: on what is going to last. Listen to this beautiful Bible verse which says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Read 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV). The word of God is meant to be the object of our affection and attention, hence the Bible says, “But we will [continue to] devote ourselves [steadfastly] to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Read Acts 6:4 (AMP). “[Looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus…” Read Hebrews 12:2 (AMP). To re-focus, I believe you have to re-direct your view away from the old to the new; Jesus’s word gives you the right perspective, hence the Bible says, “Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” Read 119:105 (TLB).
My closing thoughts on this chapter, Contentment is embedded in the Christian package. Galatians 5:22 describes it as an inner peace which passes all understanding. My good friend puts it this way, “Contentment is not an acceptance of how things are, or settling for less, it is the confidence that God is your source and He will supply all your needs.” The Apostle Paul learned the secret: “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Question: “Are you Content with your life right now, without Christ.?” If you are not, then, I invite you to receive this wonderful Gospel of grace, saying, “Dear Heavenly Father, my eyes are now open to your loving kindness and faithfulness towards me, I call upon you today, and ask you to be the Lord and saviour of my life. Thank you, the blood of Jesus has cleansed me and now I am accepted in Jesus Name. Amen. Hey, congratulations and welcome into the Kingdom of God. Look for a local assembly, and fellowship with like minded brothers and sisters.
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