Philippians 4:12- I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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.
Contentment- autarkeia in the greek. Self-satisfaction, used of the Spirit-filled Christian – havingall they need within through the indwelling Christ.
The Apostle Paul founded the church at Philippi on his 2nd missionary journey.
At the time of his writing this letter of thanks to the Christians at the church of Philippi for their monetary gift that was sent to Him by Epaphroditu, Paul was in Rome under house arrest.
Even as a prisoner, the Apostle Paul is declaring to all of us on today that we too can find "contentment", regardless of what condition we may find ourselves in on today. Married, single, divorce, widowed, lack, single parent, employed or unemployed, full or hungry, lack or plenty and on and on.
"Contentment" does not lie in who we are, what we have or do not have, what we are nor what we are able to do or accomplish.
True "Contentment" in found in Christ and who we are in Him. True "contentment" cannot be found apart from God and a personal relationship with Him by faith.
When contentment is present in the life of a believer, all hell could be breaking loose around, enemies can be on every hand, the storms of life could be raging and the sea billows may be rolling, we can be be in lack, want or plenty and we can still find ourselves content because of whose we are.
When we look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, regardless of what we may possess or lack, we still have enough with God and we can rest in that.
When we choose "discontentment" over contentment, this is what we have chosen. Discontentment=lack of contentment, grievance, dissatisfaction with who we are in Christ, a restless spirit and no hope or ambition of achieving anything.
We find ourselves living in “discontentment” when we refuse to see ourselves as God sees us, when we choose to not realize that we are joint heirs with Christ and that in Him is where our true contentment lies, when we choose lack of self discipline and lack of self satisfaction with what we have or don't have and refuse to acknowledge who we are in Christ.
“Discontentment” causes us to take our eyes off of God and put them on people and things which are all short lived, frustrating and mentally draining.
Which have you chosen on today? To be"Content" in whatsoever state you may find yourself or to be "discontent”?
What frame of mind have you found yourself in on today in this world of chaos and uncertainty?
Contentment does not mean your life is lacking problems or issues that everyone else deals with on a daily basis, but it does mean that your hope and "TRUST' is in God who promises to supply whatever it is you are in need of according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.
In the words of my Pastor, Rev. Isaac J. Holt, Jr., "HIM ABLE"!
Yes, our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think according to the power of the Holy Spirit that worketh in us.
How can we be content in a world where we are told that "contentment" can only be achieved when we get more, have more, accomplish more, do more and on and on with more, more and more?
The Apostle Paul gives us the antidote to use against the poison called “discontentment”.
As The Apostle Paul stated, I too state. My life may not be all I want it to be, it may not even be the way others think it should be, but one thing of surety on today is that Debra has and is still learning daily to be "content" in whatever state she may find herself.
I can find peace, rest and assurance in Christ on today because scripture declares in Philippians 4:13- I can do all things because of Christ who strengthen me.
“Contentment” has learned and is daily learning that Jesus is enough.
If you have Jesus, you have everything you need to weather the storms of life.
The Apostle Paul is our proof on today that with Christ all things are possible. It is in Christ and through Christ that we who are believers can boldly confess that “in all things, in plenty and in lack”, we too can be “Content”.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for a mind that is willing to daily learn and a lesson from the Word of God on how to do just that.