The Blessing of Contentment

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

January 31 – The Blessing of Contentment

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn 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 4:11-13

Paul said these words from a transformed heart.  He had learned contentment.  In his early life, he prided himself with achievements and self-effort to attain what he thought was important.  As God transformed his heart, he learned to be content before God, whatever his circumstances.  Whether he had a lot or a little, he was content.  God was the focus of his life.  Paul didn’t demand his own will, He wanted God’s.  Paul faced harder circumstances than we will ever face, but he accepted them, endured them in God’s strength and found daily joy in the Lord.  Whatever God has given you, acknowledge it as God’s; honor Him with it, and be content and grateful.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

Make of list of your complaints – why aren't you happy or content?

Confess your self-centeredness and ask God for the grace and strength to be content with what you have.

Make a list of everything you have to be thankful for and thank God for each one.

Father, I would like to learn to be content like Paul.  Show me what entices me to want things or money more than pleasing You.  Help me to continue to surrender to Your will and live in Your strength.   Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."  1 Timothy 6:6-10

"What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."  James 4:1-3

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:4-7

 

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