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LET US LEARN CONTENTMENT

  Paul Said, ďI have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to
be content.Ē (Phil 4:11). Contentment means to have a feeling of well
being, that we have enough, that we can make do with what we have, 
a feeling of sufficiency. There should be no contentment in religious
error, or in a state of lethargy where we are not doing what we should
be doing in life. However, if we are following the Bible, living a 
righteous life, and serving the Lord to the best of our ability we 
should have a measure of contentment. Let us notice today some things
in which it is vital to be content. 

 1. Be content with what you are in life. Everyone cannot be president.
    We all cannot do the same jobs. We all cannot be preachers or even
    public teachers. Ladies especially are not to teach in religious
    matters in a public way that they will be usurping authority over
    the man (I Tim. 1:11, 12). We all cannot have riches. We are told, 
    ďBut godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought 
    nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing 
    out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.Ē 
    (I Tim. 6:8). 

 2. Be content with the marriage you have and the family relationship,
    which is yours. If you have a decent, faithful mate then donít 
    think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence because
    it isnít. There are disagreements in all marriages. There are 
    faults in every husband and every wife. If your mate is not
    cheating on you then every other thing can be worked out. We 
    should be open to improvement in all our lives. There are many 
    thing husbands and or wives can improve upon but if at all possible
    be sure to keep those marriages together. It is Godís plan for
    marriage to last a lifetime and that a home with two parents be
    had for the children. 
    (See Heb. 13:4; Mat. 19:3-9; I Cor. 7; Eph. 5:21-30). 

 3. Be Content with the Bible as an all sufficient guide in Religion.
    (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). The emotional feelings that some follow in 
    religion are unsafe, unreliable, and contradictory. They are based
    upon what some man has said and not on what the Lord has said, but
    man cannot direct his footsteps (Jeer. 10:23). Let us all determine
    to delve into that book and rightly divide it so we will come up 
    with Godís plan for us (2 Tim. 2:15). Let us speak as the oracles
    of God (I Pet. 4:11). Keep in mind that to add to or take away from
    the word is to face future punishment (Rev. 22:18,19). God speaks 
    to us through Christ and Christ speaks to us through the New 
    Testament (Heb. 1:1-3; 2:1-4; John 1:17). Hear, accept, and obey
    the teachings of Jesus to be saved. 

 4. Be content with the church as revealed in the New Testament. Many
    want to add what pleases them to the church so it will be their 
    church instead of Christís church. Timothy was told, ďHold fast
    the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and
    love which is in Christ Jesus.Ē (I Tim. 1:13). It is the obligation
    of every Christian to do the same. Christ is the only head of the 
    church (Eph.1:22, 23). Every congregation is autonomous and when 
    fully organized a plurality of men serve as elders to over see the 
    work and as deacons to assist in carrying out the work. There are
    also evangelists to preach, teachers to teach, and members to do 
    various works in the local church. Be content with Bible names 
    which glorify God and Christ
    (Rom. 16:16; I Cor. 1:1,2; I Tim. 3:14, 15). Be content with singing,
    praying, taking the Lordís Supper on the first day of the week, 
    preaching the word, and giving on the first day of the week. These
    are the items of worship as the Lord laid them out in the New 
    Testament. Any other things in worship are innovations of men who
    are not content with how the Lord wants it done.  

 5. Be content with Godís plan of salvation. Jesus gave the particularS
    in the Great Commission as recorded in Mat. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15, 16;
    Lk. 24:45-49). These things are carried out by apostles inspired
    of the Holy  Spirit as found in numerous cases of conversion as 
    found in the book of Acts. They preached Jesus Christ and him 
    crucified for the sins of the world. They taught people to believe
    on Him, repent of sins, confess faith in Christ and be baptized 
    for the remission of sins (Acts 2:36-41; Acts 8:5-12; Acts 8:35-39;
    Acts 10:34-48; Acts 16:13-15; Acts 16:30-34; Acts 18:1-12). During
    his personal ministry Jesus Christ taught every one of these things 
    as well (John 8:24; Lk. 13:3-5; Mat. 10:32,33; Mk. 16:16). Be 
    content with this plan and obey it. 

Let us learn contentment in vital things!



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