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Contentment is key to Thankfulness

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Introduction

Philippians 4:10–13 CEB
I was very glad in the Lord because now at last you have shown concern for me again. (Of course you were always concerned but had no way to show it.) I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.
Bud Robinson, the well-known Holiness preacher, was taken by friends to New York and shown around the city. That night in his prayers he said, “Lord, I thank You for letting me see all the sights of New York. And I thank You most of all that I didn’t see a thing that I wanted!” Blessed is the man who can sit loose to the charms of this old world, independent of them because he doesn’t want them. Tan, Paul Lee. Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996. Print.
Are you learning to be content?

Who, Which, What

Philippians 4:11 CEB
I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance.

11 I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance

Any Circumstance- In the original language the word circumstance or situation doesn’t appear, however what does appear is the word-hos which means who, which, what- even as

11 Not that I speak 1from want, for I have learned to be 2acontent in whatever circumstances I am.

11 Not that I speak 1from want, for I have learned to be 2acontent in whatever circumstances I am.

Romans 8:38–39 CEB
I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.
Philippians 4:11 NASB95
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

We’ve heard of an old Quaker who advertised that he would give 40 acres of rich farm land to anyone who was perfectly satisfied with that which he had. One seeker came to see the Quaker.

“Are thee perfectly satisfied with what thee hast?”

“Yes,” answered the hopeful guest.

“Then why dost thee want this land?” was the old Quaker’s significant reply.

—Gospel Herald

We’ve heard of an old Quaker who advertised that he would give 40 acres of rich farm land to anyone who was perfectly satisfied with that which he had. One seeker came to see the Quaker.

“Are thee perfectly satisfied with what thee hast?”

“Yes,” answered the hopeful guest.

“Then why dost thee want this land?” was the old Quaker’s significant reply.

—Gospel Herald

We’ve heard of an old Quaker who advertised that he would give 40 acres of rich farm land to anyone who was perfectly satisfied with that which he had. One seeker came to see the Quaker. “Are thee perfectly satisfied with what thee hast?” “Yes,” answered the hopeful guest. “Then why dost thee want this land?” was the old Quaker’s significant reply. —Gospel Herald Tan, Paul Lee. Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996. Print.
Are you focused on your circumstance?

Discontent

Philippians 4:12 CEB
I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor.
Php 4
How does your discontent affect you?

Worry

Daniel 6:18–19 CEB
The king then went home to his palace and fasted through the night. No pleasures were brought to him, and he couldn’t sleep. At dawn, at the first sign of light, the king rose and rushed to the lions’ pit.
Philippians 4:13 CEB
I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.

Illness

Psalm 6:2–6 CEB
Have mercy on me, Lord, because I’m frail. Heal me, Lord, because my bones are shaking in terror! My whole body is completely terrified! But you, Lord! How long will this last? Come back to me, Lord! Deliver me! Save me for the sake of your faithful love! No one is going to praise you when they are dead. Who gives you thanks from the grave? I’m worn out from groaning. Every night, I drench my bed with tears; I soak my couch all the way through.
psalm 6 2-6

Lack of Purpose

Psalm 107:4–5 CEB
Some of the redeemed had wandered into the desert, into the wasteland. They couldn’t find their way to a city or town. They were hungry and thirsty; their lives were slipping away.

Uncompleted business

2 Corinthians 8:11 CEB
Now finish the job as well so that you finish it with as much enthusiasm as you started, given what you can afford.

Rebelliousness

Jeremiah 17:10 CEB
I, the Lord, probe the heart and discern hidden motives, to give everyone what they deserve, the consequences of their deeds.

Identity

Philippians 4:13 CEB
I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.
Php
Are you finding your identity in Christ or in your circumstance?
Galatians 2:20 CEB
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Conclusion

Thoughts and prayers

How are your circumstances defining who you are?
Playing the Triangle in Irish Tune from Country Derry by Percy Grangier.
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