Hello to my precious family!
The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:11-12,
- I have LEARNED to be CONTENT, whether I’m abased or abounding, whether I have plenty or whether I’m in need.
Notice he had to LEARN to be CONTENT! It does not happen automatically. It is a choice we have to make.
BEING CONTENT does not mean we do not want to change; it does not mean we give up on the bigger vision for our lives and ministry, or that we just settle where we are – It means we are trusting God’s Word and His promises. We need to know He is working behind the scenes and at the right time, He will get us to where we need to be.
I have found that some situations will not change until we change. As long as we are frustrated, stressed out, and constantly asking “Why is it taking so long?”, “Why this and why that?”, we are not going to grow and come out of that trial strong and having learned patience. Remember, it is through faith AND patience that we inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).
I want to encourage you in this: You do not grow in the good times when everything is going your way; you grow when there is pressure. For example, you may feel like being angry, but instead you choose to be joyful. Or you could easily complain, but instead you say, “Lord, thank You for another great day.” Even though all your desires have not yet come to pass, you choose to rejoice anyways. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18to rejoice ALWAYS, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Remember 1 Corinthians 10:13 says,
- No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it.
Let us make sure we pass the test!
Let us bloom right where we are planted!
Let us learn to BE CONTENT with every season. CONTENT when God blesses us with a lot, and CONTENT when we have a little. CONTENTwhen our desires are coming to pass, and CONTENT while we are waiting.
1 Timothy 6:6 says,
- Godliness with CONTENTMENT is great gain.
Life becomes very freeing when you can say “I’m CONTENT with who God has made me to be.” There is nothing wrong with improvements, being your best before the Lord, but do not ALWAYS be wishing you were something different. BE CONTENT with who God made you to be! Let us do our part and LEARN TO BE CONTENT!
“Father, thank You for the grace to enjoy every blessing You give us. We choose to LIVE CONTENT through every season, blooming where we’re planted, not always wishing for something else. I pray that You teach us how to enjoy our lives more and cause us to become stronger and stronger, living lives CONTENTED and joy-filled, in Jesus’ Name Amen.”
Walking in His contentment,
Jesus City Church ⛪️