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What Is The Secret to Contentment?

What Is The Secret to Contentment? Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
The Bible identifies contentment as a virtue and speaks of contentment as a command. You are to be content with whatever you have. You are to be content with food and clothing. You are to be content with your wages. You are to be content because you understand that an infinitely and supernaturally resourceful God will never leave you or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 ~ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Contentment is a virtue. Contentment is a command.
Can you search your heart and answer these questions truthfully?  Am I content with who I am? Am I c…

Unlikely Tools

Unlikely Tools  Philippians 1:12-21 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;  So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;  And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.  Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I there in do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldne…

Overcoming Impossible Circumstances

Overcoming Impossible Circumstances Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Our Lord delights in solving what we would call, “The hard cases.” When we acknowledge God’s wisdom and truly glorify Him as we see him bringing good out of evil and making beauty out of the ashes from our impossible circumstances, it strengthens our faith to know there is nothing to hard for God. Jeremiah 32:17 ~ Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jeremiah 32:27 ~ Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
There is no circumstance or situation that is hopeless. No matter what failures have taken place in our past or how wronged we may have been, God can enable us to be joyful and content even in the midst of impossible circumstances. God is eager to make our life a trophy of His grace by His strength. He do…

Laughter, the Best Medicine

Laughter, the Best Medicine
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
I love to laugh and because I love to laugh, I would like to bring a smile to your face and apply some medicine to your heart. There have been times when I have laughed at myself and at my circumstances and was able to bring laughter to others as well. I hope this short story will bring at least a smile to your face.
Sometimes we take life way too seriously. We have been taught to run through our lives with such a speed we have no time to laugh. I remember reading that children laugh over 300 times in a day when adults laugh less than 15 times. 15! What happens to us when we grow up! If you are down, laughing aloud may seem impossible. You may even look at laughing people and feel they are inconsiderate and loud. But if you are one of the laughing groups, you’d n…