Can I Be Truly Content?
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I. THE EFFECT OF ALWAYS WANTING MORE
"Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint."
Ecclesiastes 5:11 (LB)
"The more you have, the more you spend..."
Ecclesiastes 5:12 (GN)
"A working man...can get a good night's sleep. But the rich man has so much that he stays awake worrying."
James 4:1 (NCV)
"Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that war within you."
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (GN)
"You'll never be satisfied if you long to be rich. You'll never get all you want."
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 all this through him who gives me strength.
How Do I Learn contentment?
1. Make peace with others.
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
Key: Resolve conflict God’s way
a. Gently confront and offer forgiveness (Matthew 18:15-18)
b. Put the debt they owe you in God’s hands (Romans 12:17-21)
(Will God make this right?)
2. Be Grateful
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Key: Don’t compare, connect.
(Has God given me enough)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (GN)
“We fix our attention, not on thing that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever."
Key: Trade in the lie with the truth
Key: Memorize the God’s Word
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Key: Believing Jesus, Obey First Time
(Am I who Jesus says I am?)
Be Generous with what I have.
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Key: Give by faith not from what you can afford
(Will God take care of me tomorrow?)