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. "to suffice, be sufficient" – properly, self-sufficient; used of the Spirit-filled Christian – having all they need within through the indwelling Christ.
This letter, which is a part of what is known as the Apostle Paul prison epistle to the Philippian church was written while Paul was imprisoned.
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!! Peace, even in a situation that many would have found to be very discouraging , fearful and very angry.
The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church at Philippi while he was a prisoner. Yes, Paul was in prison at the time of this writing and here he is writing to encourage the Christians.
Paul, even in prison, declares that he has learned to be content in all situations. Paul knew that the prison was his physical location, but not his mental or spiritually location for Paul was free in Christ Jesus.
Even in prison? YES! Even in prison, Paul was content!
Contentment is a behavior that is learned. But, in order to learn from them, we must practice self control with the right attitude while in them.
How can we know how to be content in all circumstances if we never go through situations that forces us to be either content or discontent?
Life is full of trial and error, ups and downs, good and bad, happy and sad, comfort and discomfort and on and on. It is up to us to decide what our attitude will be in them.
Apostle Paul shows us by the life he lived that "contentment" does not rest on what he has or does, but it rests on who he is in Christ. The same applies to us!
In looking at your current situation, have you been lead to believe that you can't be content? Paul says we can if Christ is in us and we are in Him. Stay connected to God through prayer and the Word of God.
If we follow Paul's examples in how Christ helped him to be content, we too like Paul, will be able to boldly confess that we too have learned to be content in plenty or in lack."
People of God, we are not alone for Christ is with us. David ask "where could I go from your presence"? Regardless of where I go, up or down, Thou art there.
Philippians 4:13- I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me.
Set your mind on things above and not on things on earth and we can do through Christ, what we are not able to do in and of ourselves.
Contentment does not mean that we deny reality, we deny that the struggles of life are real or deny that our wants and desires are real.
Contentment is not pretending that things are good and right when they are not. NO!
Contentment is to know that God is in control of all things. He is bigger than any problems we can and will ever have and that He is going to work them ALL out for our good if we belong to Him.
1 Timothy 6:6-But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Philippians 4:19-But my God shall supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God.
Contentment! Can we find it? Can we learn it? Yes, through Christ we are able to do all things.
Instead of saying "I don't know how I am gonna do this today, say Lord, I can't wait to see how you are gonna work this out for my good."