Sunday, August 13, 2017

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction Part II

Philippians 4:11-13
How content are you? There are surely some who seem to have all the pieces of contentment - career, health, family, wealth - but who are still profoundly discontented.  Contentment, contrary to popular opinion, doesn't just mean being satisfied with what you have.  There is a “secret” to finding contentment. 
People who are not content have the tendency to push their happiness forward.

I.      The True Characteristics of Contentment  

·  True Contentment is an internal disposition.

·  True Contentment is a disposition of the heart.

·  True Contentment is a disposition of the will; not a product of circumstances.

·  True Contentment is a LEARNED disposition.

A lack of contentment causes us to look horizontally. 
Contentment invites us to look vertically.

II.     The True Course to “Contentment 

·  Learn to give thanks in all things.  1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have."

·  Avoid complaining.  Psalm 77:3 (KJV)
Complaint is the language of discontent.

·  Avoid discontented people.  Proverbs 27:20

One discontented person who tries to make you responsible for their happiness can possess your mind and destroy your peace and joy.

·  Remember that little is much when God is in it. 
1 Corinthians 1:27-28

·  Avoid coveting.  Exodus 20:17
Living beyond your means creates bondage to debt and steals your contentment. 
When you covet another man’s property, you also are begging for another man’s problems. 

·  Let go of the past. Philippians 3:13

·  Find your sufficiency in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:13

Contentment has learned the lesson that Jesus is enough.

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