Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. – (Philippians 4:11)
So I have a confession to make on this bite, one of my struggles is being content. Something when you have everything you can imagine you can still experience not being content. I have been reading the whole Philippians book for the past couple of days.
I’m learning a lot about Paul. He is in prison, but so happy. Paul is not letting anything or anyone steal his joy. He is so joyful, even in his suffering.
In own my life, I can’t say that I’m like Paul. I often times let my circumstance take the best of me. What I have realized that is because I’m not fully relying on God’s strength.
Paul learned to be content because He knew God was with Him. God’s strength was his secret. Paul got it, ladies. We have to learn to rely on God’s strength and not our own. Relying on self causes the un-contentment to creep in. Real life example-social media as came through and swept our generation literally off our feet. We spend most of our day in front of a screen, the enemy has his way of causing us to stumble as we scroll. This is where I begin to see that not being satisfied crept in.
Sister, you may find yourself like me, wavering in contentment, or you may be like Paul. I pray that in whatever position you are, that you would learn the secret this new year. I know that is my prayer because I only want to please my father, wavering in contentment does not please Him. He has given me so much. He has given us His son, His word, and His spirit.
So sister, if you are struggling with being content, in every circumstance. Here is my game plan:
- Instead of scrolling, I’m searching the scriptures.
- Instead of hitting the like button or double tapping the heart, I’m feeling the pages of His Word.
- Instead of looking at what other people have, I’m going to focus on who and what I have.
- Instead of seeing how she does things according to her pictures, I going to see how God does things in my life when I remove the distractions.
Hebrews 13:5b Be content with what you have.
1 Timothy 6:6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. Focusing on God on what he has blessed me with and be satisfied.
Paul knew to focus on God, and what he was doing in this life. He knew he could do all things through Christ, who gives us strength. God’s strength is the secret to being content.
Sister, are you content in every circumstance in your life? Or do you find it hard in some areas of your life?
Be content with who you are in Christ and be satisfied with all the He has given.
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel replied,
“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
- The Lord gave an order
Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.” 1 Samuel 15:3
- Saul disobeys
He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality. 1 Samuel 15:8-9
- The Lord sees Saul as unloyal and disobedient
Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” 1 Samuel 15:10-11
Sister, Have you been loyal to God, or have you refused to obey His commands?
Saul stated “I did obey the Lord.” 1 Samuel 15:20
Saul thinks he has done the right thing but he has only completed what he thought was right. The Lord had given Saul a mission to complete and he failed to complete the task. Maybe you think you are doing what God has told you to do, make sure you fully complete the mission.
What Mission has the Lord told you to complete? Have you completely obeyed?
Saul lies to Samuel, at least twice about completing his mission. Maybe in Saul’s mind, he really thought he obeyed the Lord. But the Lord told him to completely destroy everything. Saul half does the job he was given. The Lord desires all our complete obedience. He doesn’t want half of us. He wants all of us.
What pleases the Lord is that we obey his voice.
When we fail to fully and completely obey, we find ourselves rejecting the Lord.
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
Those who are happy :
- Hear the joy call to worship
- Know how to praise
- Learned to acclaim
- Trained their ear to hear
As a result, they will walk in the light of the Lord’s presence.
The Lord calls us to worship.
Psalm 100:1 Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth!
There is light in His presence.
Acts 2:28 You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.
9 “When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies who attack you, sound the alarm with the trumpets. Then the Lord your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies. 10 Blow the trumpets in times of gladness, too, sounding them at your annual festivals and at the beginning of each month. And blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and peace offerings. The trumpets will remind your God of his covenant with you. I am the Lord your God.”
Praise during the enemy attacks.
When Satan tries to start some mess and attack you, sound the alarm. Start praising and worship the Lord. The Lord will Rescue you from your enemies.
Praise Him during the times of gladness.
When things are going well. Praise Him. Blow your trumpet. When He hears your worship and your praise, He is reminded of His covenant. Sister, He is the Lord your God.
Sister, Do you consider yourself Happy and Blessed? Are you listening to the call to worship Him? Have you experienced the joy of being in His presence? When the enemy attacks you, do you sound the alarm? Blow your trumpet. Bye Satan you have got to go because the Lord is my rescuer and He remembers me. Do you praise in times of gladness? Shout to Him. Remind Him that you are thankful for all things in your life. Because He is the Lord your God.
Blow your Trumpet. Worship the Lord your God.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
The Bite simply breaks down like this: Give Forgiveness. Receive Forgiveness from the Father.
Jesus teaches this in the parable of the unmerciful servant. For a personal example, You have sinned against a person and you beg God for forgiveness. But, when that same person you sinned against, commit sins against you, you run them down and jack them by the neck. This person begs you for forgiveness and you are like “No, I am not doing that.” Remember you just begged God to forgive your sins, you have committed. But when this person wrongs you, you are not willing to forgive. Guess what, Sister, you are not going to receive that forgiveness, you just begged God for on your behalf, because of you not willing to forgive that person.
Matthew 18, Jesus tell us unless we forgive our brother or sister (anybody) from the heart. The Heavenly Father will treat you as you have done to that person.
Pretty deep stuff. Psalm 103:12 reminds us that our sin is removed from the east to the west. On a compass, those points never meet. Our sin is removed to untouchable points. The past is the past. You can’t take it back. But God can. He doesn’t keep a record our sin and we have no right to keep a record of anyone else.
Sister, I don’t know what you have been through, but I know God does. We each need forgiveness from the Father. He can’t give it to you if you are not willing to give it to someone else.
What have you done that requires the Father’s forgiveness? And who do you need to forgive in order to receive His forgiveness?
Give Forgiveness to receive Forgiveness from the Father.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.
The Lord was going to provide the complaining Israelites with rain each day. These people were whining and complaining thinking they were going to starve to death. In this verse we see the Lord, providing the food from heaven daily.
He was providing what they need for each day. He tested them to see who would obey his instructions. In some other translations, states willing to live by my instructions.
Sister, what are you complaining or whining about today? Are you trusting the Lord to provide your daily needs? The main digest for today is: Are you passing the Test? Are you willing to the by His instructions?
Deuteronomy 8:2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.
The Lord has led you in your own life journey, just like he led His people through the wilderness for 40 years. Think about your journey and where you are right now. It may not have been 40 years, maybe much more or less. Who is leading you through or has led you through? If you are listening today, it’s safe to say, He still is providing your life today.
God tests us to humble us and prove to Him what is really in our heart. Do you have an obedient heart?
Prove your obedient heart
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
How You Love Proves to the World You are His!
Jesus commands we love each other.
Love in these two verses:
- Verse 34 is a welcoming, entertaining, dearly love, which is how Jesus loves us.
- Verse 35 is the affection of love, brotherly love, which is how we love others.
- He loves us with that deep passionate love.
- The way we love others shows whether or not we’re really his disciples.
- Love is an action.
- People recognize Jesus in us based on how you love them and how you show love to others around you.
Remember we will always have an audience. Jesus is sitting in that audience. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere.
Jesus gives us a commandment, which is an order to do something.
We are to love the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul. Then love your neighbor as yourself.
Sister, what’s your evidence looking like in your life? Can people recognize the love of Jesus in your life? Can Jesus identify you as His disciple by the way you love his people?
1 John 4:20 states if you say you love God but hate your sister in Christ or your brother in Christ. You are a Liar. How can you love God who is unseen and hate your sister who you can see?
Sister, check your heart today. Love like Jesus.
The opposite of Love is Hate. There is no in between. You are either loving or hating!
Is Hate is polluting your love tank? God can take care of your love tank with His special hate removal treatment. He can make it all clean and make it new again.
Are you willing to let him clean your love tank so that it fills His people and shows others that you are truly his beloved disciple?
Check your love tank