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Contentment

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Contentment

 

Eld. Dennis Morris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil. 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

God says need! We say needs! Our problem living for God often begins when having our need supplied by God isn’t enough. We convince ourselves, or the devil convinces us, that what we want is what we need. So, we become discontent, not just with what we have but also with God.

 

Are We Ever Content With What We Have?

Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Ouch! Content with what we have? Is that possible? The American way is to throw away and get the newest! Even if it’s not worn out or defective, it’s gotta be the latest! We constantly talk about and even covet what others have! Do we ever stop and think, God Almighty said: “I will never leave you”! The psalmist put it this way, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”! Bro. James Morar said, ”I have the Lord, I don’t need anything else“! We need to stop grumbling and start praising!

 

Being Content Must Be A Learning Process!

Phil. 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Paul seems to be saying that learning to be content is a process! Hearing, repeating, practicing, hearing, repeating, practicing! All for the purpose of modifying behavior. Also, exposure to those who have experienced the learned change can be very beneficial in our quest! If we hang around the greedy, we will likely be greedy; but, if we fellowship contentment, we can learn by their example!

Saints and even pastors who are discontent with their church can have a negative effect on our spirit. Oh, don’t take me wrong, by all means work to see your church grow but never despise your “little“ church! After all it’s that kind of church where God saved most of us!

 

Being Godly And Being Content Is Progress! (Gain: furnishing, finishing)

1 Tim 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Instead of always trying to get ahead in the world, why don’t we focus on moving higher in God! The GAIN talked about is not material or monetary it’s Spiritual! That’s worth shouting about!

We used to sing songs like, “I’m Going Higher Yes Higher Some Day“, “A Higher Plain Than I Have Found”!

Moving up in God was always on our minds. What has happened to Pentecost? Have we become so materialistic that we are always discontented and disconnected?

 

When Was The Last Time We Were Thankful For Just Our Food And Clothing?

1 Tim. 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

I understand the need to replace worn out and outgrown clothes etc. Cars wear out, houses get old, time alone destroys the strongest structures. Replacing or renewing is part of life but too often we’re not even happy with the new for very long. Someone else has a better one so our lip drops into a pout because we feel like we’re inferior till we get the latest! Ho hum… Almighty God wake me up to how very blessed I am before I greedy my way into perdition!

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 1, 2019 at 11:37 am

Posted in Christian Living, Life

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  1. Oh God, help me to be content!! I loved the good word, Bro Denny!!

    Carlene

    August 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    • Hey Sis, I’m kinda new at this writing and sharing businesses. I’ve been writing but lately I’ve felt compelled to share with a few and then your dear brother. I value his opinion. He told me one time that I should write, so here I am in my second attempt. Thank you for the encouragement,

      Dennis Morris

      August 1, 2019 at 11:09 pm

  2. Great post by a great Christian gentleman and pastor! Amen.

    Peter Connell

    August 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

  3. Thank you so much for this post! It really spoke to my heart today 💕

    Apostolic Momma

    August 2, 2019 at 1:01 am

  4. I’ve been married 54 yrs. and have accumulated just a ‘normal’ amount. Never had a dishwasher, th’ot they were silly. Have washer/dryer, car, plenty, but not too may clothes, and NOTHING ‘dressy’; only daily casual. at 77 have to wear tenneys/bobby socks. We have a comfortable, 40’s add-on, one story home. But my main ‘possession’ is – JESUS. After 35 yrs. backslid – you bet He is!!

    sydneyheimericks

    August 2, 2019 at 11:39 pm

  5. Too many have listed success by how large a church is or by their prosperity. I at times have felt I wasn’t successful for not having a large church. Elder Morris, I can’t thank you enough. This is actually a lifter up of many souls and…many preachers who may have bore the burdens of “failure” by today’s standard.

    Mark McKinney

    August 3, 2019 at 8:20 am

  6. So glad my daughter married into a church with a wise pastor. Great article that is so needed in todays generation.

    David

    August 14, 2019 at 8:25 am


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