Sometimes life gets busy, but in the business we don’t wan’t to forget to be content in all circumstances. Did you know that in Christ you can have contentment? Jesus has given you His peace in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. Jesus is telling us that we have peace because He is always with us, we do not have to be afraid because we are not going through things alone, for God is always with us.
We can have contentment in every circumstance, this doesn’t mean that troubles will not come but when you have God with you walking right through everything with you you have nothing to fear. Being content in all circumstances also means that you are not tossed all around but that you know that in Christ everything will be okay. When you are content you know that you don’t have to have everything you want right away, you will be happy with what you have. This is something parents need to teach their children as well, if you are always giving a child what they want all of the time they will never learn to appreciate and value things, they will just think that everything will be done for them and in the real world that does not happen you have to work for what you get.
Here are some scriptures from the Bible that I wanted to share with you about contentment that I think may help. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 1 Timothy 6:8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. Hebrews 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”
When going through life, sometimes things are not always easy and you may wonder where is God when I go through really hard times, such as the loss of a loved one, financial hardship, marital problem or even issues in the workplace. Well I’m here to tell you that God is right with you. He has said in His Word that He will never leave you nor forsake you, so know that you are not alone when you go through things because you have Jesus. Did you know that Jesus experienced suffering? Now you probably want to say, Michelle of course He died on the cross, but let me get a little more in depth. Let’s read the passage in Isaiah 53:3-5 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried: Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our inequities; The chastening for our well being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. So we see that Jesus not only suffered physically but also it says here in Isaiah that He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. I want you to know that Jesus took our suffering for us, physically and mentally, that means if you are depressed or have suicidal thoughts, God has not left you. One of the things the enemy loves to do is to attack people in their mind, that is why it is so important that we read God’s Word daily, so that way when thoughts come up that are not of God you can cast that thought down. The Bible talks about casting down vain imaginations, so we need to know God’s Word in order to do that, for instance if you have a thought that comes into your mind that says no one loves you, you can say God loves me and He will never leave nor forsake me. You also need to know who you are in Christ, because if you do not know who you are in Christ you will look for people or things to fill a void or to love you in only the way that God can. Prayer is also very powerful, it is so important that we pray even when we do not feel like it. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit, this means that what comes out of our mouth, whether it be life or death has power, so you want to make sure that you speak good things over your life and over other people, our words have power! Put praise and worship music on, when you are going through hardships you probably won’t feel like doing this but I promise you when you begin to praise the Lord and thank Him it will set the atmosphere and it will also lift your spirits up, for you will not be focusing on your problems but you will be worshiping God. The enemy cannot stand it when you are praising, because their is power when you praise God especially when things are not looking good, it confuses the enemy. Fasting is another powerful weapon to use when you are going through suffering. I know you’re probably thinking here we go, but some demonic spirits or some things cannot be broken but by prayer and fasting, read Matthew 17:14-21. A man comes to Jesus because his son has a demon and the man says to Jesus, I brought my son to your disciples and they could not cast it out. Jesus tells the man bring the boy to me and He casts the demon out, the disciples come to Jesus privately and ask Master why couldn’t we cast it out, and Jesus replied this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Fasting is very powerful along with prayer. You want to make sure that you consult your doctor before going on a fast, some people have certain health restrictions that they have to follow a certain diet, so make sure to use wisdom when doing this and start out slow if you have never fasted. God knows what you can do and He will reward you. Always remember that you are not alone when you are going through hardships and it can also develop a certain level of faith that you didn’t know that you had. Trust God, He has a good plan for your life and always remember that Jesus is with you when you are going through things. You are never alone!
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