To truly find contentment in one’s life, one must become acceptant to everything that happens in your life at all times. The Bible States it like this….
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Did you hear that?? Rejoice at all times and in every thing give thanks. Not in some things. Not only when things are going the way that you like them or wish them to be. But In Every Thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The Lord wants us to be thankful at all times!!!
So how does one become thankful at all times?
First one must recognize that……
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Amen!! So all things work together for good to them that love God and our called according to his purpose. We also learn something else of interest. Those whom God foreknew he also did predestinate.
Would this eliminate choice? Of course not. God knew the end before the beginning. So through this foreknowledge God already knows the choices you will make and who then are His. So those that were His, he did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. And so those that He predestinated, He called, and those He called, He justified through His Son, and those whom he justified, He then also glorified. This is why the Apostle Paul states, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Our Job as the children of God is to Press on!!
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
We must also fully Trust in God, having Faith in His Word, and have an understanding of trials, tribulations and the final outcome.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Do you believe it?? Do you want your path directed by God?? Then one must apply a few things. First, one must trust in the LORD with all of your heart. Does this sound familiar???
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Second, one must learn not to lean upon your own understanding. Why??
24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
And Finally, in all of your ways, you must acknowledge God. If you will apply these three things, then God will direct your path.
So what about trials, temptations, and tribulation?
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
So here we see that temptations, try our faith. And this trying of our faith will teach us patience. If we then let patience have her perfect work, then we will learn to want nothing.
So the understanding of trials and temptations is a big part of understanding how we can become content.
But I will forewarn you. Don’t find yourself content without God. For contentment without God is the path of a fool.
1 Timothy 6:6-12
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
So what about Tribulations?
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
We as Christians must learn that……
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
This is a key ingredient for how the apostles achieved contentment through their persecutions. They were aware that to be absent from our bodies is to be present with the Lord.
Remember what Jesus tells us…..
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Up to this point we have found that for one to find contentment and Godliness, one must become acceptant of everything that happens in one’s life at all time, by acknowledging that all things work together for good to them that Love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. We must Trust in God with all of our heart, having faith in His Word, leaning not on our own understanding. We must acknowledge God in all of our ways, and then God will direct our paths. We must also remember that the trying of our faith works patience. And if we let patience have her perfect work, then we will be complete and lacking nothing. Because it is through our trials and tribulations that we gain patience, then we gain experience, which leads to hope. And this hope makes not ashamed. Why? Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which has been given unto us.
And what is this hope??
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Finding Godliness with contentment also requires Temperance or Self Control. Want Peace in the midst of your Storm? You Must find Contentment. Without Contentment, there is no Peace.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Here what Apostle Paul tells us??? I can do all things through Christ. Not through his self, but through Christ which strengthens him. Remember….
2 Corinthians 12:10
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
How is he strong?? Through Christ that strengthens him.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Do you believe today???
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