God Thought 3/22/23

I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me—it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles.

You Philippians well know, and you can be sure I’ll never forget it, that when I first left Macedonia province, venturing out with the Message, not one church helped out in the give-and-take of this work except you. You were the only one. Even while I was in Thessalonica, you helped out—and not only once, but twice. Not that I’m looking for handouts, but I do want you to experience the blessing that issues from generosity.
And now I have it all—and keep getting more! The gifts you sent with Epaphroditus were more than enough, like a sweet-smelling sacrifice roasting on the altar, filling the air with fragrance, pleasing God to no end. You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.

Give our regards to every follower of Jesus you meet. Our friends here say hello. All the Christians here, especially the believers who work in the palace of Caesar, want to be remembered to you.
Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within yourselves.'  

Philippians 4:10-23

Be Content
By Sean Fryer

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:”—Philippians 4:11 (NKJV)
We live in a world that always teaches us to strive for more—more money, more popularity, more, more, more. As Christians, though, we’re called to be content or satisfied with what our lives look like, no matter our circumstances. Today, we’re going to break down this chapter and look at what contentment should look like in our lives.

We’re to be content wherever we’re at. Now, I don’t mean like where we actually are physically, but with where we are in life—young or old, rich or poor, popular or unpopular. In Philippians 4:12–13, Paul makes it clear that Christ gives us the strength to be content in all circumstances. I don’t know how anyone can face day-to-day life without Jesus, but with Jesus, we can face it all.

Be content enough to give (Philippians 4:14–18). When we’re willing to give to the Lord, in whatever way that looks like, Paul tells us it’s “a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” (Philippians 18 NKJV). It can be so hard to give, especially if we don’t have a lot, but God wants our best. And we might not always be the ones who do the work, but we can be a part of it through giving, like supporting a missionary. The way we’re asked to give is described in the same way Jesus’ sacrifice for us is described: “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:2 NKJV).

Be content with what God has given you (Philippians 4:19–20). Paul tells us very clearly that God will supply all our NEEDS—not wants, but needs. So often, we can strive for more, and more, and more, and we miss out on what’s right in front of us. It can ruin friendships, marriages, and so many other things. God has abundantly given to us and blessed us. And the giving is “according to His riches.” His riches don’t run out. He doesn’t lack supply. He freely gives!

Be content with Jesus (Philippians 4:21–23). This might seem like a weird point for these verses but bear with me. Paul starts this letter with the grace of Jesus (Philippians 1:2) and ends it with Jesus. This entire letter encapsulates Jesus. Jesus is enough; He should be all you need to be content.

Pause: Ask God to help you be content in everything.

Practice: Practice giving from a place of contentment, and do it often!

Pray: God, thank You so much for Your Son, Jesus. I’m sorry for the times I haven’t been fully content in Him. I want to start living that life now! Amen.
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