Are you content?

12.10.15 Are you content with what God has given you? Do you wish for more money, a new job or the perfect relationship? Well don't you think God knows what you need? God supplies all your needs and sometimes He throws in things that you don't really need but would like to have. But would you be content? You beg him to save the life of your child. You plead with him to keep your business afloat. You implore him to remove the cancer from your body. What if his answer is, “My grace is enough!” Would you be content?From heaven’s perspective, grace is enough. If God did nothing more than save us from hell, could anyone complain? Having been given eternal life, dare we grumble at an aching body? Having been given heavenly riches, dare we moan about what we don’t have? It never seems to be enough does it?

Romans 8:28 that says, "All things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose."

In Philippians 4:11, Paul said, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content." The Amplified Bible describes being content as "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.

One dictionary defines contentment as “the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.”

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25).

The latest global statistic shows that if one has a roof over his head and a meal on his table he is richer than 93 percent of the world’s population. If a person wears a pair of shoes he is richer than 75 percent of the people in the world. In the United States alone, credit card debt averages more than $16,000 per household, and we are still discontented. Solomon, the wisest and richest man who ever lived, said, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

"There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it." 1 Timothy 6:6-7

My dad use to say you can't take it with you when you die.

How do you learn to be content? Stop comparing. God says we shouldn't compare yourself to others. You compare houses, clothes, cars. I bought a computer a couple of weeks ago and I was so excited about it. Then I opened a magazine and there's a newer model! We're constantly comparing -- and comparing causes discontent. And because of discontent God says, "You can't handle what I want to give you because you're putting too much priority on things in your life."

 

Lord I thank You for everything You have given me. I may not have a lot of money, or live in a mansion but I know I have what You said I need and 1 day I will live in a mansion with You. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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