Initiated into the Secret Mysteries of Contentment
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There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed. (Lao-tzu) Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. All other worldly passions seem to follow in its train. (Buddha) Just as a tree, though cut down, can grow again & again if its roots are undamaged and strong, in the same way if the roots of craving are not wholly uprooted sorrows will come again & again. Contentment is the greatest wealth. (Dharmapada) Contentment is the kernel of happiness. (Kabir)
Phil 4:10 opportunity 11 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 been initiated into the secret of being content in any and every situation, well fed or hungry, living in plenty or in want.NIVish 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
2Tim 2:1 Heb 13:34
Grace - the coin of the realm of heaven; power and desire to do God's will and experience His favor
Sources of Discontent: desires raised to needs; greed, comparison; envy. circumstances; poor self-esteem/insecurity; lust; love of money; Satan
Commit to Christlike Obedience so Christ can give power (Phil 4:13) and peace (as well as worth and value - Ps 84:11). Jn 15
Occupy yourself with One consuming passion/objective; everything else becomes immaterial; make that passion something that's accessible, intransitory, eternal: Serving/glorifying God...mastering His word...making disciples; squander your life on a worthy purpose
Need only what is Necessary. Diminish the fire of desire, don't add more fuel to the flame. Enjoy the simple pleasures, don't develop a taste for truffles (not the chocolate kind) nor morels. Exalt in the everyday blessings. [Can’t do unless worth and value is fixed in God.]
Transform your Desires from the earthly to the ethereal, from the carnal to spiritual, into God's desires (if we want what He wants to give us or what He wants, then it's a done deal) [closing might take a little longer than we'd like]. Rm 12:1-2 transform renew experience
Express needs and desires to God and Evaluate them through the grid of His perfect will Phil 4:4-8 rejoice…pray…do
Notice the chisel of God in the circumstances of your life 1Cor 4 - temporary trials produce an eternal weight of glory
Trust that God will supply all your needs in His perfect timing, so you don't have to worry about how to gratify your needs and desires Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with what you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Mt 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things.
Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. NIV
Ps 84:11 Lord God is a sun & shield: the Lord will give grace & glory: no good will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.
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