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A FATHERS WORDS OF INSTRUCTION! Gods Word (The Bible), gives life to those who meditate on it, and apply it to their life. It changes us in a …

Contentment

Can I find contentment no matter what the circumstances?

Read these two verses written by Paul and you will find your answer
2 Corinthians 12:10
Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Philippians 4:11-13
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

Contentment is found not in what you have but Who you have in your heart

Can I find contentment in wealth?

Everybody who has money always wants a little more and when they get a little more they still want a little more. It is clear that money and material blessing cannot in and of themselves provide happiness. True contentment comes from and centers on God. Jesus says that we can have material blessings but we must be careful not to let those blessings become the center of our contentment

Paul deals with the issue of wealth and contentment in 1 Timothy 6:17 when he states
Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

And the writer of Hebrews also states in Hebrews 13:5
Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have.

It is hard to be content with what we have when we see others who always seem to have more than us, but in the end it wont really matter. As the old saying goes “you can’t take it with you”.

God can and will give you peace and contentment

We look and look and do not find, why? , Because when we try to look we are looking in the wrong place. 

For years I was like the world looking for contentment in whatever way I could find. The problem was that I was only content for a little while then I needed something else to help me be content. It was only when I came to Christ that I understood what contentment really is . 

I think Isaiah 26:3 sums it up best
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Peter who gave His life to and for Christ sums up the whole idea of being content when he says in 2 Peter 1:3

As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness!

To paraphrase a popular slogan
Know Jesus, Know contentment
No Jesus, No contentment 

There is one final question that needs to be asked

Are you content?

If not ask God to fill you with His contentment.

It’s A Matter Of Life and Death

Did you ever stop to think about how we use the phrase “it’s a matter of life and death”? It just seems to me that these words are used far too much. For instance it’s a matter of life and death that dinner gets done in time. It’s a matter of life and death that I get to my hairdresser appointment. It’s a matter of life and death that I get this new CD, TV or whatever. The list goes on and on. Why in life is everything a matter of life and death?

To me the only thing that these words should be used for is a medical emergency or a conversation dealing with a person’s salvation. It is a matter of life and death about where you spend eternity. Too many times we do not sense the urgency in helping our non-Christian friends and acquaintances understand the impotence of accepting Christ as their personal savior. In fact many times we place more urgency on what we need to do instead of putting an emphasis on what really needs to be done: witnessing. 

Christ said that we should go into the world preaching and teaching others about Him. Christ knew it was a matter of spiritual importance that we tell others because we do not know when we are going to face death. Every time we meet someone new we must say to ourselves “it’s a matter of life and death” that I witness to this person. 

As Christians we need to see the importance of preaching God’s word and helping others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I am not saying whatever else you do in life is not important, because we are called to be good stewards of what we are given. All I am saying is that the next time you are tempted to say the words “it’s a matter of life and death” think about, is it really or is it something that can wait while we take the time to listen to a friend in Christ or to share the Good News with a non believer. 

Think about it!

A Little Work


A little work never hurt anybody?

Proverbs 12:24 says to “Work hard and become a leader” .

If you look at the first part of the verse God calls us to work hard and become a leader: a leader not so much as a manager, but as an example to others. People will see your hard work and want to know why you are doing what you are doing. This will give you an opportunity to tell them about Christ.

When we are lazy the opposite will happen. Our witness will dwindle as will our reputation.

Why is laziness so bad?

Now look at the second part of this verse. Proverbs 24b “be lazy and become a slave”.
If we are lazy it is no benefits to others or us. We are slaves to our lifestyle, never moving forward but always staying right where we are. This means that we are dependent on others to help support us and take care of us sometimes physically most of the time spiritually. God calls for us to do our best for His sake not ours. 

The funny thing is that when you work for the Lord it does not seem like work but more of a pleasure. If you do not think that God frowns upon laziness look up these other verses in Proverbs.
18:9 A lazy person is as bad as a someone who destroys things. 
21:25 the desires of lazy people will be their ruin
Well you get the picture. In the end person’s laziness will be their ruin.

What happens to us when we are lazy?
Proverbs 24:34 says that a little extra sleep, a little more slumber a little folding of hands to rest- and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit.

This verse shows us that laziness will bring a person down to the point of being impoverished both in physical needs as well as spiritual. There are two things to point out here. When we are lazy we end up being a burden on systems like welfare and church aid which means that some people who really need the help are not going to get it. If we are able to do are share we should be doing it.

The same is true of Spiritual needs. If as a brother or sister in Christ we are not doing our share to further the Kingdom of Christ here on earth that means that others who are serving God will have a heavier burden to carry. I read somewhere that if everyone who claims to be a Christian did his or her share of the work this country would see a revival the likes of that has never been seen before.

I don’t want to sound like a broken record but from these verses in Proverbs you can see the dire consequences of laziness. Not only is laziness a physical problem, because it is the root cause of things like obesity, but it is also a spiritual problem because it makes us weak an ineffective when it comes to our service to the Lord. 

In closing remember these words of Paul in Romans 12:11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically

5 Books of the Bible that ALL Christians Should Study and Share with Others

I read a report today that really scared me because it detailed how daily readership of the Bible has hit an all-time low in the United States. Sadly…

5 Books of the Bible that ALL Christians Should Study and Share with Others