Friday, December 9, 2011

It Bears Repeating

This past Sunday Pastor Jeff preached on contentment; a challenging message that bears repeating (if you missed it, click here to download or listen online).

One of the key verses in the whole Bible on contentment is found in Philippians; "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13). What things? What can I do? Can I really do anything and everything?

Pastor Jeff reminded us that this verse was not a blank promise that God will enable us to do whatever we want; rather, it is Paul's reminder that because of God's power in our lives, we have the ability to be content in any and every situation; (remember that Paul wrote this letter in prison).

Pastor Jeff closed by challenging us with the "three G's" as the secret to contentment.

Godliness: We can only be content as we develop and grow in our relationship with Christ. Time in His Word, time in Prayer, time in Worship, Community and Service - all of these are catalysts to help us grow in godliness...remembering that "godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:6)

Gratitude: We have also been reminded throughout Philippians (especially chapter 4), that thankfulness and gratitude are a safeguard for our heart and a key component of contentment.

Giving: Giving then becomes the application of our contentment. As we grow in godliness, living life with gratitude, the outcome should be a life marked by being a great giver.

How are you doing on the three G's?

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