Choosing Contentment - Tuesday, November 20th 2012

2 Peter 2:19

"They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you."
NLT

Throughout our lives we will be faced with various temptations. It could be in the form of a false teacher promising something unbiblical or an activity that appeals to our sinful nature but is empty in the end. One of the temptations the bible refers to is the "lust of the eyes" and it has the power to cause us to become bitter, unhappy and resentful towards others. Another word we could use to describe this sin would be the word covetousness. You see, when we look at the blessings of others and desire it for ourselves we begin coveting. At that moment we can begin secretly resenting that individual for nothing more than being blessed by God. It's true, they probably don't deserve it, but none of us do.

How can we battle the lust of the eyes? I believe we find the answer in the words of Paul from Philippians 4:11 "not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content." Contentment is the key. Also, notice what Paul said, "I learned." Paul did not start off content but through God's power he learned to be that way whether he was in prison or enjoying the blessings of food and fellowship. This can be difficult at times but there is true freedom in learning contentment. If we learn it, then no matter what happens in life we will be joyful because we have God and He is enough. As you begin your day ask God to help you learn contentment but don't be surprised if you find your coworker getting a raise or your best friend got a new car. Rejoice with them and thank the Lord for graciously saving you. After all, if God can forgive us of all our sin what more do we need?

Life Lesson: Contentment is a choice.

Father God,
I thank You for the grace you have shown me. You have given me life and because of Christ I know that I also have eternal life. Help me to be content with whatever You plan for my life. I desire to walk in peace and joy regardless of my circumstances. Use me today to share Your love with others. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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