Finding joy amidst contentment is sometimes easier said than done. There’s a difference between momentary contentment and a Spirit-led contentment and joy.
“In contrast to happiness stands joy. Running deeper and stronger, joy, the quiet confident assurance of God’s love and work in our lives—that will be there no matter what! Happiness depends on happenings, but JOY deeply depends on Christ.”
-Life Application Bible, introduction to Philippians
Paul shares with us the “secret” to contentment in Philippians 4:10-14. His contentment was found through knowing, understanding and believing that he could do all things through Christ. Paul had found a “Spirit-led” contentment that would run deeper than our circumstances.
Paul taught us how to “train our thinking,” how to “fix our thoughts” on the ingredients that would help lead us toward a contentment in Christ in Philippians 4:6-9.
Like Paul, I want to encourage you when you lose perspective, when life feels out of control, when you are overwhelmed by your circumstance:
To immerse yourself in the study of what’s true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Surround yourself with people who can remind you to FIX YOUR THOUGHTS on Christ to allow you to find joy through your contentment in Christ.
This week, let’s do what we can to fix our thoughts, to train our thinking and to exchange our worries for prayer. It’s then that I believe we can discover the joy that runs through a Spirit-led and deep contentment. Take a moment and re-read Psalm 23, placing yourself amidst the Psalm. It’s a good reminder that we are in good hands.
Celebrating the joy in contentment today!
Message Title: Finding Joy in Contentment Message Date: February 21, 2016 Speaker: Scott Tilley
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