Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Seven Reasons why we should be content

A Biblical argument for being content which is intended especially for the persecuted church in the world but it is profitable for all. --Steve Bloem

These comments are based on Philippians 4:10-12. This is taken from the book Spiritual Depression, Its Causes and Cures by D. Martyn Lloyd Jones.

1. Conditions are always changing; therefore I must obviously not be dependent upon conditions.

2. What matters supremely and vitally is my soul and relationship to God--

3. God is concerned about me as my Father, and nothing happens to me apart from God.
Even the very hairs of my head are all numbered. I must never forget that.

4. Gods will and God’s ways are a great mystery, but I know that whatever He permits is of necessity for my good.

5. Every situation in life is the unfolding of some manifestation of God’s love and goodness.Therefore my business is to look for this peculiar manifestation of God’s goodness and kindness and to be prepared for surprises and blessings because His ways are not my ways, neither His thoughts my thoughts. What for example is the great lesson that Paul learned in the matter of the thorn in the flesh. It is that: When I am weak then I am strong. Paul was taught through physical weakness this manifestation of God’s grace.

6. I must regard circumstances and conditions, not in and of themselves but as a part of God’s dealing with me in the work of perfecting my soul and bringing me to final perfection.

7. Whatever my conditions may be at the present moment they are only temporary, they are only passing, and they can never rob me of the joy and glory that ultimately await me with Christ.