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Let’s Be Content!

Philippians 4:11

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned,

in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

 

 

In the previous post, Paul thanked the Philippians for their generosity even though they had faced tough financial times.  In a continuation of that thought, he says that he was not speaking in respect of want.  Paul did have needs that must be filled, not just because he wanted them. How often do we get our wants mixed up with our needs?

Pretty soon we’ll be in Philippians 4:19 where it says “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus”.  We all have needs that must be supplied.   I need to have air to breathe, I need to be able to pay the rent, I need a certain amount of help in order to survive.  Then there are wants.  Extra money so I can go out and play a round of golf today would be a want.  To be completely healed would be a want.   There’s nothing wrong with those two things except they are wants and not needs.  God said he will supply our needs.  We should never expect God to supply our wants.  If He does, that’s His grace working on our behalf.  And make sure you don’t get your wants and your needs confused.  My suggestion would be that every time you pray, separate your wants and needs.

The last part of Philippians 4:11 is a verse that I try to live out every single day.  And I know, no matter what’s going on in my life, I will be content.  That does not mean if I’m sick I don’t pray for better health.  Or if I need financial miracle that I don’t pray for it.  What it means to me is that I know that God is in control and so it really doesn’t matter what’s going on around me.  I can be content with what God has given me at that time.

I see so many discontented Christians in the world going after the same thing as the world.   The world will never lead us to a state of contentment – it always demands more.  When I am content, I won’t worry, I won’t fear, and I won’t get anxious.  I just go about my life and know that God will take care of me. I know that He’s a good God, that He loves me and His mercy and grace are endless so why shouldn’t I be content?  Is this the attitude that you have in life?

Too many Christians are discontent.  They complain about their lot in life.  This is pride pure!  We will see this as we continue the pride study on December 10th.  None of us needs pride in their life and I pray you’re following the pots on pride so perhaps you can see if you are caught up in pride.  Pride hides and you don’t know you have it until the Holy Spirit reveals it to you.  Pride will keep you from being content faster than anything else will. So, turn your eyes on Jesus and give him all the glory. Thank Him for what you have and forget the things you don’t have.  He supplies your needs, and you can be content in that!

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The Attitude of Gratitude.

Philippians 4:8 Part 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.

 

 

How thankful are you?  Are you someone who rarely says thank you to those around you?  Do you tend to find fault everywhere you turn?  I bet if you’re not that person you know someone who is.  There are plenty of people who fit that description.

 

I bet there were the same type of people back in Paul’s day.  Ungrateful, not responsible, not accountable.  They refuse to acknowledge the good deeds of others, preferring instead to find the one thing that wasn’t done right.  The scribes and Pharisees in Jesus day are a perfect example.  Look at all the good Jesus was doing, yet all they could see was the people following Him instead of them.

 

If there be any praise, think on these things.  Now we start out by giving praise to God, of course.  And there is NEVER a time that He is not worthy of our praise – NEVER.  No matter what is going wrong in your life, there are a million things going right that you can praise Him for unless you are dead, and then hopefully you will be praising Him in heaven.  There is always reason to give Him praise!  Are you breathing?  Praise Him for the sair He supplies.  Can you see? Praise Him for the sunlight, even on the cloudy days it’s still there!  Are you sick?  Praise Him that your blood is still flowing through your body.  Do you have cancer (Yes, I do)?  Praise Him that your breathing, that He gave the doctors amazing knowledge, that you still have sight, hearing, taste, touch, the list is endless of things I can praise Him for, not matter what my situation.  Give Him praise.

 

But this verse goes beyond that.  If there be any praise!  What about that janitor in your church who does such a good job – doesn’t he deserve some praise?  How about the grocery clerk who helped you out with your groceries?  Or the bank teller who helps you with a transaction?  Or the convenience store clerk who assisted you today?  Don; these people deserved praise – in the way of a thank you?  A simple thank you is praise in it’s simplest form. And we as a church need to be doing more of it.  An attitude of gratitude is what it is often called.

 

Our world today has lost a lot in this area, and we need to show the way.  We as a church should be the most grateful people alive.  We should never have reason to gripe and complain.  So many blessings have been lavished upon us by our Heavenly Father.  Let’s let the world know that gratitude is he way to go!