May 18, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
Learning to be Content
God wants us to learn how to face life with joy and confidence. To do this we must learn to be content in all the varying circumstances of life. In this lesson, we are going to learn a great truth that can change our life. What is this truth? It is this: God and what God provides for me is all I need.
Point #1 God the Provider
The Bible teaches that the sovereign God of the universe loves us and has promised to provide all the things that we really need. He has not promised to give us all our "wants," but He has promised to meet our needs. The Apostle Paul said, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19.
God supplies our material needs. In Matthew Chapter 5, the Lord Jesus tells us not to be anxious about our material needs, such as food, clothing, and other necessities of life. (read Matthew 6:25, 32-33). God supplies our deepest inner needs. God supplies our need for significance and security. He has made us members of Christ's body, and every member of the body of Christ is important. He has "accepted us in the Beloved." He loves us unconditionally. God says to us, "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love…" Jeremiah 31:3.
God supplies our spiritual needs. In Christ, God has given us everything we need for our spiritual life. The Bible says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS in heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3.
God freely gives us all things. In giving us His Son, God has given us the greatest gift of all. Since He has given us the greatest gift, His Son, we can be sure that He will give us whatever else we may need. The Bible says, "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32. It is wonderful to know that we have a heavenly Father who has taken upon Himself the responsibility of meeting all our needs.
Point #2 Satan the Tempter
Although God has provided for all our needs, we must not forget that we have an enemy who hates us and wants to destroy us. The Bible says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8. We need to understand how Satan tempts us. Most, if not all, of Satan's temptations have to do with putting wrong thoughts into our mind. Satan puts thoughts like these into our mind: "God has not provided all you need. You need something other than God and what He has provided for you." This was exactly the way Satan tempted the first man and woman.
Things are not perfect in our little “circle,” nor will they ever be in this life. We live in a world that is under the curse of sin. Therefore, we will face many trials and troubles. God has not promised us an easy time in this life, nor has He promised to give us everything we want. But He has promised to meet our needs and to be with us always. I can truly say, “God and what God provides for me is all I need.”
Satan, our great enemy, will seek to deceive us as he deceived Adam and Eve. He will seek to put wrong thoughts in our minds. Satan will point to something outside of our “circle,” and suggest to us, “You need this. In fact, you cannot be happy unless you have it.”
Point #3 The Danger of Accepting Wrong Thoughts
We may not be able to keep Satan from suggesting a wrong thought to us, but we can refuse to accept it. To see the danger of accepting wrong thoughts, we need to be reminded of this truth: We are controlled by the way we inwardly see and believe things to be. What we believe determines what we do and what we feel. If we accept a wrong thought, it becomes a wrong belief, and wrong beliefs lead to wrong actions and wrong feelings. These wrong feelings usually lead to inner problems.
What is the secret of contentment? The secret of contentment is believing that God and what God has provided for me is all I need. It is learning to be content in whatever “circle” God has provided for me. God says that we are to live without covetousness. To “covet” means to strongly desire something that belongs to someone else. We are commanded not to be covetous, but rather to be content with the things we have (read Hebrews 13:5).
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