Sunday, August 27, 2017

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction Part 4

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. 
There is nothing wrong with desiring more, but there is something wrong with not being content until you get it.
The True Course to Contentment (Continued)

·       Learn to be content with less or more.  Philippians 4:12

Christians get trapped into a discontented life by adopting worldly goals: more, bigger, and best.  The Bible identifies these as indulgence, greed, and pride.

True contentment can't be achieved without personal discipline and staying within the lifestyle parameters God has established for you.  

In affluence, anxieties and worries are not usually related to the
lack of things but rather the loss of things.
In "poverty", we may be tempted to curse God. 
In "wealth", we may be tempted to forget God... 

·       Avoid coveting.  Exodus 20:17
Don’t covet what someone else has, but seek to realize your own unique blessing from God.
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

Nothing can poison your tomorrow like the past holding hostage your today.

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

What we consume will consume us. It's our choice whether we are consuming God's life or the enemy's lies.
There is in every man a “God-shaped” vacuum that nothing in the world can fill and it deeply desires God.
Man is not thirsty so much as he is empty; and emptiness takes a miracle to fill.

Contentment has learned the lesson that Jesus is enough.

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