WHICH "TENT" ARE YOU LIVING IN?
08.9.20 // uNSPEAKABLE jOY, pART 11 // pHILIPPIANS 4:10-13// hESS HESTER, LEAD PASTOR
Philippians 4:10, I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
Vv. 11-13; I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Contentment is learned.
V. 12a, I know what it is to be in need…
“Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living. We accept and thank God for what is given, not allowing what is not given to spoil it.” (Jim Elliot)
If material things are the basis of your contentment, you’ll never be content.
V.12b, …and I know what it is to have plenty.
V. 12c, 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.
Paul learned to adapt to change by focusing on Christ who never changes!
Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Ph. 4:13, I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
“I am strong for all things in the one who constantly infuses strength in me.”
Jesus Christ infuses you with his strength as you spend time with him daily.
Choose to live in the “tent” of contentment!