Contentment in Christ – The Secret to Facing Abundance and Need

” . . . for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11b-13

” Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6-12

” Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say,

                                                                                                          ‘The Lord is my helper;

                                                                                                               I will not fear;

                                                                                                           What can man do to me?’ ” Hebrews 13:5,6

  

Dear Believers,

How we must never forget and forsake our need to “set our mind on things above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”(Colossians 3:2,3) Let us constantly look to the Lord our helper Who sets us free from all kinds of fear, even as Joshua was given greater confidence in God’s promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”(above quote) As you “fight the good fight of the faith”, be ever mindful that your security does not lie in the things of the world, “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” Our Lord blesses us with the things we need and even more as we look to Him, trusting in Him, resisting temptation, and continuing our delight in the One through Whom we can do all things. Therefore, as we look to our sweet Savior for strength and perseverance as sojourners in a foreign land, may we ever be content.

May you find all contentment in Christ this week and thus be greatly blessed!