Quotes and Notes for the Day
” IN WHATSOEVER STATE I AM ” – I
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 4:11
What is contentment one may ask? It is a sense sufficiency, or being satisfied. It’s a sense of needs met; nothing is lacking. Very many Christians of our day are unhealthily attached to their possessions and money, while many of their brethren live in poverty. On the other hand many of these poor Christians express an even greater joy in Christ and a greater sacrificial love for one another. Today we have the notion among many (we believe most) “Christians” that they can be saved and still get the joy and enjoyment of this world and the world to come, and fail to realize that they can not have the best of both worlds!! These two worlds are opposites!! Failing to choose one or the other they end up being miserable failures! Remember Lot? A righteous man by God’s account who , “vexed his righteous soul with the filthy conversation of the wicked….” (2nd Peter 2:7); he lost all he had, and became a warning to all those who meddle to have the best of both worlds!! Well, “how then do we get the sense of contentment in our daily lives when we are aware of desires, expectations, hopes and needs that seem unmet?”
1.First of all, Recognize that genuine contentment comes from God, and Him alone:The Apostle Paul said by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit instructed Timothy that, “Godliness with contentment is great gain…And having food and raiment let us be there with content.” (1st Timothy 6:6-8) In other words, living the life by pursuing God’s will leads to contentment, that sense of inward satisfaction. We discover our sufficiency to be in Him and we need no more than that. Can a believer be confused about God’s will for his life? Can a child of God say, ‘ I don’t know what God wants me to do?‘; no! by no means, for we find the will of God for our lives in the Word of God! So we ask this basic question, ‘Does what we plan, say or do align ( is in agreement) with the the Word of God?” If yes, then we are in the will of God!
Problem arises when we set aside or ignore or overlook God’s will for our lives and seeking to find contentment in man-centered things instead. If only we had more money, a bigger house, a new car, a more prestigious job and so forth! But that kind of contentment dose not last long! We may have nothing to show in this world as a trophy of a fulfilled life! we may not be recognized as successful person, as the world sees success: But, God promises something better than this world’s happiness. He will give His lasting joy to those who follow God’s will for their lives. When a sixteen -century British sailor, who had sailed all his life with Sir Francis Drake, returned home for the last time, someone ridiculed him, saying: ” You haven’t much to show for all those years, have you?” The old sailor replied; “No, I haven’t much. I have been cold, hungry, desperately frightened often enough in life -even shipwrecked. But there is one thing that I am sure of- I have sailed with the greatest captain who ever sailed the seas!!” Yes, by the standard of this world the believer may be considered a failure, and has nothing to show as his personal gain of things of this world, but his walk with his Lord and his service for his Master is unmatched to anything that this world offers; and nothing (no one) takes away that contentment – inner satisfaction from him.
Beloved, we said that, “contentment” means finding sufficiency, as to where we are placed in life and the circumstances we are in, but that does not mean laziness or to stop striving because we have reached a level of comfort. We are to have the attitude of contentment, but at the same time work hard toward the goal of doing our best to provide for our families and to help those that are in need! “…. but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good that he may have to give to him that needth.” (Ephesians 4:28)
To be continued……………..
from the Peoples Gospel Hour Staff!!
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.