Living in ContentmentJuly 5 2012 at 7:33 AM
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...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances
(Philippians 4:11, NIV)
TODAYS WORD from Joel and Victoria
In life, its easy to get so focused on our dreams and goals, the things we want, that it consumes us. We can get to the point where were not happy, and were not going to be happy until it happens. But Ive found that if we have to have something in order to be happy, our lives are out of balance. When our goals and dreams start to frustrate us, and we lose our peace and were not enjoying life, thats a sure sign that were holding on too tightly. Whats the solution? Youve got to release it. Freedom comes when you say, God, Im turning it all over to You. You know my desires, and You know whats best for me. Im choosing to trust You and Your timing.
When we learn to be content whatever the circumstances, the power of the enemy is broken. It takes away his ability to frustrate us. Not only that, but by our actions we are showing our faith in God. When you choose to trust in His timing, you can live in peace, you can live in joy, and you can rest in Him, knowing that He has good things in store for your future!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, today I choose to trust in You. I release frustration over the dreams and desires in my heart, knowing that You know whats best for me. I choose to trust in Your timing because You are faithful, and I will bless You in all things in Jesus name. Amen.
The Dark Side of Serving Others
|July 5 2012, 7:35 AM |
by Charles R. Swindoll
2 Corinthians 4:5--9
Read the words of the apostle Paul---an honest, humble, transparent servant of God:
For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves. (2 Corinthians 4:5--7)
We Christians have received a priceless treasure (the glorious gospel) in a very frail and perishable container (our weak bodies). There is a reason. So nobody will have any question about the source of power, it must be of God and not of any human origin.
And so---to verify just how frail our humanity is, Paul lists four common struggles servants live with. I'm calling them consequences. Let's see all four in the two verses that follow before we analyze each one in the next few posts.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8--9)
If you have a pencil handy, you might circle the four terms in your Bible: afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, struck down. These are four consequences of serving God. Although we'll unpack and apply these terms in the next few posts, take a moment and read those verses again---emphasizing words you've circled.
Have you experienced these consequences---yet?