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A Road Map To Lasting Contentment

Can you honestly say you are “content” both, inside and out?

What is “Contentment”?

Where do we find contentment?

Should fleeting environmental circumstances affect our contentment?

Should we rely on personal pleasures or perishable possessions to fuel our contentment?

Apostle Paul seems to share the answers to these questions in Chapter 4 of his letter to the congregation at Philippi.

The secret to un-wavering contentment can be found in Paul’s statement:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

The key word in this scripture is: ALWAYS. Here the word always is used to mean “completely and infinitely rely upon” the LORD (Jesus).

Just as we all made the decision to have faith in and believe upon our Lord (Jesus), we must also remember to rejoice (or find our Joy) in Him at all times. No matter the environmental or emotional circumstances that happen often and inconveniently in this earthly life.

Rejoicing (to have joy or be joyful) is not a right nor a privilege; it is a choice. I think my personal relationship with Christ is what allows me to be joyful in all circumstances; pain, and suffering included.

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Are you positioned to freely receive?

Dr. Lewis Smedes says, “A real gift never puts the receiver in debt.  A real gift is only to enjoy.”  If this is true then why must we feel the guilt wave of reciprocation at the time we receive a gift from a family member, friend, or co-worker?  Could it have something to do with how we view ourselves? Could we feel shame because we perceive we are unworthy of receiving anything other than what we have worked for?  There is a trick to receiving freely.  “The trick is to remember that we are worthy of gifts even though we do not deserve them.  If we are made to feel unworthy of them, gifts shame us.  But grace-based people know and feel that they are worthy of gifts that they could never earn or deserve.”  Next time you are freely given a gift, freely receive.  You won’t understand why you are feeling joy, and that’s ok – feel it anyway!

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