Monday, October 1, 2012

The Secret of Being Content



            Most likely you have seen, read, or even heard the verse, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4: 13 NKJV)

            These words have led many to make it through trials in life and to achieve awards in sports and academics all in the name of Jesus Christ and the strength He gave them. But have you ever looked at the rest of the paragraph the words before Philippians 4:13?

            My favorite quote for Philippians 4:13 is from the NKJV but for the words written before it I like to look to the NIV where Paul shares his secret of being content.  Paul said, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:12 b NIV

            In a world where unemployment is up and many are looking for jobs, being content in our present circumstances can help us move forward into God's plan and will for our lives. "Being content in any and every situation," means we are trusting God in that moment.  If we are trusting God then we are on the right path and doing God's will.  Christ is strengthening us to leave behind what has happened, to deal with what is happening, and handle what will happen.

            I ask you to pray Philippians 4:11b - 13 (NIV) placing your name into the verses.

Here's an example:

I (your name) have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through Him (Jesus Christ) who gives me strength."

            You can also place your name everywhere Paul said "I" if you are lead to do so.

Here's an example:

"I (your name) have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I (your name) know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I (your name) have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I (your name) can do everything through him (Jesus Christ) who gives me strength."

I pray for God to bless you and all the people you cross path with today,

Annie Laurie

(Scripture taken from the NIV Quest Study Bible, Revised 2004 Zondervan Pub.)

 

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