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The Secret Of Contentment – Philippians 4:10-13

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The Secret of Contentment

Philippians 4:10-13

October 11, 2009

Ryan Heller

“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got”

Sheryl Crow

I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I 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 who gives me strength.

                                                            Philippians 4:10-13 (NIV)

 

Contentment defined   Learning to be satisfied with what you have, not what you want

 

1)         I have to learn contentment

…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

                                                            Philippians 4:11 (NIV)

2)         My level of contentment has nothing to do with my situation

 

…for I 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.

                                                            Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV)

3)         My contentment comes from God’s power

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

                                                            Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

I am ready for anything through the strengths of the one who lives within me.                                             Philippians 4:13 (PT)

“My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.

                                                            2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him…

                                                            2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)