The Secret of Contentment

To what are you drawn when you feel empty? How can you find true contentment?
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Read: Philippians 4:10-19

In this verse, Paul teaches us that contentment is something to be learned.

Contentment in Greek word "Autarkes".

Auto "Self" Arkeo "Sufficient"

Independent on circumstances.

That means that your happiness is not dependent on what is happening in your life.

It doesn't mean that you will not pray for spiritual, financial, and other breakthroughs. Or you will become stagnant in your Christian life. It's not like that.

Contentment is a state of being at peace, rested, and satisfied in whatever circumstances you are in because you know that God is sovereign. He cares for you and has your best interest.

Contentment is being appreciative of what you have and not focus on what you do not have.

Paul revealed the secret of contentment in this verse.

How can we experience contentment?

1. Christ-Centered life

Philippians 4:13

The secret of contentment is on Person.

Contentment comes from knowing Jesus and being empowered by Him.

Many times we think that material things or someone else can fill our emptiness.

I tell you this.

"He who is not content with what he has, would not be content with what he would like to be."

Only God Himself can satisfy the emptiness and longing of our hearts.

2. Counting your blessing.

Philippians 4:10

Paul, despite contented, learned to appreciate Philippians for their generosity. And most importantly Paul appreciates the blessings that he had received from the Lord.

3. You must have confidence in God's promise.

Philippians 4: 19

Paul believed that the Lord will meet their needs according to the riches of God's glory.

You will learn contentment by knowing and believing that God is faithful to fulfill His promises.

Question to Ponder:

To what are you drawn when you feel empty?

How can you find true contentment?

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