From Fathers Heart To Yours
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Learning to Be Content

Learning to Be Content

I do not know a single person that is content. In this world today there is so much pulling on people. There is so much offered to people that pulls them right into a vacuum that never ends. Enough is never enough. Enticement comes so often and so fast that resistance seems to be far from us. There is such a craving for the new things that are rapidly occupying almost everyone’s lives.
Paul wrote in Philippians 4:10-20 that he had learned to be content no matter where or what circumstances he found himself in. this state of contentment is a learned virtue. None of us are born with it. We rather are born with a selfish nature that is never satisfied.
The apostle said he learned by being instructed. If our spirit man is not fed the right food after we are born again, it will not desire the right things and will not grow properly, not be able to hear and receive from God correctly. But when we desire to be taught and become teachable, so as to have a real hunger for the things of God, we will find our spirit man growing in the diet of the Word, prayer and fellowship.
One of the things today that has misguided so many so much and produced discontentment is a perverted prosperity message. Before you say that I’m against prosperity teaching, let me reemphasize the word “perverted”. I believe in Biblical prosperity. But I believe it like the Bible teaches. “Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world, and we will take nothing out, with food and clothing be content.” 1 Timothy 6:5-11.
The love of money is the root of all evil. When people covet after it, and desire to be rich, they err from the faith and pierce themselves through with many sorrows because they fall into temptation and snares and many foolish and hurtful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. This is what much of the prosperity teaching today does. It pulls on people so as to entice them to love and seek after money more than God.
When I see and understand that my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory b Christ Jesus then I’m learning that God’s way of giving and receiving does not pull on me to do more than what I’m able or purpose in my heart to do or what I hear God tell me to do. Then and only then can I begin to learn contentment. I learn that if I have much I prosper and if I have little I still prosper because I know where my supply comes from. It is also more blessed to give than to receive.
Jesus spoke of giving and receiving in Luke 6:38. He said give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will men give into your bosom. When Paul spoke to the Philippians he said your communication with me of giving and receiving, and he emphasized that they first gave themselves to the Lord. We will never prosper more than what our soul prospers. When our emphasis is n the giving we are content. When it focuses on the receiving we become discontent.
We as believers are to be content in Christ, to find our completion in Christ and Christ alone. We are rich in Jesus Christ! To have the promises of God in Christ is more wealth than this world has or could ever have. There is no amount of worldly goods, gold or silver that can compare to the unsearchable riches of Christ!
Obey God’s instructions and learn to be content in Christ, where there is great peace and fullness of joy!