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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Finding The Source of Contentment

In review of Philippians 4:19 it says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Bottom Line:
God who takes care of me, will also supply others needs.

What this means to me:
God takes care of all of my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. He can do the same for others.

I can trust that God will always meet my needs. Whatever it is I need here on earth he will always supply, even if it is the courage to face death as Paul did. Whatever I'll need in heaven he will supply. However there is a difference between my wants and my needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain. I may not always get all that I want. By trusting in Christ, my attitude and appetite can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for him.

I'm also reminded how Paul learned to be content whether he had plenty or whether he was in need. His secret was drawing on Christ's power for strength. When I have great needs, or when I become discontented because I don't have what I want. I can learn to rely on God's promises and Christ's power to help me be content. If I'm always wanting more, I can ask God to remove that desire and teach me to be content in every circumstance. He will supply all of my needs, but it will be in a way that he knows is best for me.

Paul was content because he could see life from God's point of view. He focused on what he was supposed to do, not what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight, and he was grateful for everything God had given him. Paul had detached himself from the nonessentials so that he could concentrate on the eternal. Often the desire for more or better possessions is really a longing to fill an empty place in a person's life.

To what am I drawn when I feel empty inside? To find true contentment, the answer lies in my perspective, my priorities, and my source of power.

No matter what I’m facing, God can shine his light on my problem and make it vanish as He meets my every need. When facing something that seems enormous and insurmountable comes up, I can give it God. He is the one who calms the storms with three simple words... “Peace, be still!”

Big or small, whatever my need is, I can give it to God. He has promised to supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. There is no limit to His resources. I need to give Him the opportunity to reach down and touch my life. He his a God of power and might! I can call upon His majestic name, realizing He will meet my needs so completely that things I didn’t even know I needed will be taken care of.

In summary, whatever I really need, God will supply. My trust in Him will help my attitude and appetite (I go from wanting to accepting what he has provided.) I can draw on Christ's power for strength. I can rely on God's promises. Meanwhile, I should just focus on what I'm supposed to do, not what I feel I should have. Continue to work on my overall perspective, my priorities, and the knowing the source of power.