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for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
PHIL. 4:11-13

These words were written by the Apostle Paul from prison. He said he had learned the secret of happiness and was content regardless of his outward circumstances. He had discovered that our life does not consist in our possessions, titles, accomplishments, or our station in life. Paul had learned that life itself was found in Christ and he could be satisfied despite adverse circumstances. Paul had found contentment in Christ alone.
Jonathan Edwards often spoke of the happiness that is only available from the Lord. In his sermon “God Amongst His People” he says, “When so great a holy God dwells among a people, he not only is able to supply them with all good, God is theirs, and therefore they are happy, if they have nothing else. If all other things fail, the enjoyment of God is sufficient to make them completely happy”.
This is one of the greatest, and yet, hardest lessons to learn in our Christian walk. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s our ministry went through some very painful experiences. Our local economy was suffering and it was effecting the church members as well as the church itself. The in suing problems caused anxiety and fear to set into my life. To me, it seemed as if all of the years of work were in vain, and there was a real possibility of losing everything. I had to take a real look at the possibility that ,that could take place. That was not a fun time. During this season, the Lord visited me and our church with an unusual outpouring of His Presence. What a contrast, in the physical world, nothing but trouble. In the spiritual world incredible, unspeakable joy. Then the Lord posed the question, “If you lose everything, am I enough for you?” What a question! I grappled with that thought for weeks, but came to the inevitable conclusion. “Lord, You are more than enough.” That was it. I was dealing with the greatest of all questions, “Could I be satisfied with Christ alone?”
This is the question we answer everyday, “Is Jesus enough?” Maybe you have not yet discovered the secret of total contentment, if that is the case, your greatest discovery and greatest joy in life is just ahead.

2 Replies to “Content”

  1. been there brother the lord helped us out i had a ranch in the mountains feed went up and the price of livestock went down i couldnt even give away the stock people were even leaving stock at the sell barn if they couldnt give them away turning cattel loose in the woods my children left home to start families of their own i had surgery on my hand almost lost it in a job related accident over the years i got most of the use of my hand we shut down the ranchand lived in only halve the house it was huke 9 bedrooms three baths only me and my wife she was very ill in and out of the hospitalthis went on for sometime we told the lord we would go and do anything he wanted us to do we put the place up for sale and we really loved this place the first person that we contacted bought the ranch at the price we had to have this was when nothing was selling we moved out of the ranch in a blizzerd made it down out of the mountains wiyh the road completely snowed in behind us we just barely got over the mountains praying all the way we gave up our way of life for something better that the lord had for us we where at the ranch for many years loved it but the lord had better for us i pray to be counted worthy to be a laborer in his harvest knowing him is better than all the riches good times amnything i can think of the lord allowed us for a season to have the mountains now its on to what ever we are suppost to be doingwe will let the lord lead us on allwith the lord all things work out even bad stuff we grow and learnim sure glad he puts up with us and intervenes thank you again for making this site possiable the lord bless you for careing and taking the time to be involved in our lives your brother Randy

  2. Thanks so much for your daily blog. It is always so inspiring. Your love for the Lord is a beautiful thing to behold. God Bless You Abundantly!

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