I can live a humble, self-denying, self-sacrificing life because my mind is centered on lovely, pure things of Christ. What movies are we watching? The Greek word is used to calculate, to count, and to ponder. Even Christians have bought into this religion of self-actualization, pursuing God only because they see him as an agent for happiness. Most people desperately want to be content, to be satisfied. He wanted to grow deeper and learn more. He will one day make all things new. It is in regard to this requirement that the apostle more immediately records this assurance of sufficiency of strength. Only God can satisfy. 32 thoughts on “ Philippians 4:13 is for losers, too ” God has given us what we need for salvation and life in him. He also wrote, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. This verse is so famous that it is even known by non-believers. Paul tells them that he is not in need because he has learned to be content in whatever situation he is in. Keep up with Good Shepherd events and announcements by signing up for our weekly newsletter: ©2017-2020 Good Shepherd PCA  |  All rights reserved. Both are grievous weights to the human spirit. Im a teardrop from the girl who got him. For him true contentment was not absent of any emotion. Less is more is not the answer for contentment. It would have been something like a month long journey. Paul had God-sufficiency, not self-sufficiency. Philippians 4:10–13, Part 4 March 31, 2020. The secret or mystery to contentment is this: The more discontent you are, the more content you’ll be. What are we reading in books? Supposedly those bikes help children figure out how to balance on a bike. We believe that our circumstances dictate our contentment. And on the other hand he didn’t want them to think he was in desperate need. Philippians 4:13 doesn’t say that we can do anything we want and Christ is going to give it his full endorsement. He didn’t say that we should rejoice in circumstances. B. Phillips New Testament says it this way: “I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives within me.” So to find contentment, we must do our part because God has done his. Paul was content. We live in a world where we’re barraged by the successes of others. Our thoughts will either lead us to Jesus or away from Jesus. If only you just pared down the items on your to do list, cut back on the busyness, and finally got rid of all the junk in your attic, life would be easier. It takes prayer. You’ve probably seen and heard this verse several times. I don't know how you would define contentment if you had the opportunity, but I suspect that most of us would come up with some variation of the idea that contentment is having everything you want. My friend Max Lucado says, “The good life begins not when circumstances change but when our attitude toward them does.”. But sometimes, the saying “fake it till you make it” meant go through the motions until you convince yourself you enjoy it. (800) 821-3300, The Ups & Downs & Ups of a World Changer - I. Who are you? You’ll never find rest, you’ll never find peace, and you’ll never be content. For many Americans, the pursuit of self-fulfillment and personal happiness has become a religion. Nothing in life will satisfy you. One teardrop said to the other, Who are you? This was the focus he had learned at last, to face life as it really is. Because of Christ, Paul has hope. Once again he writes of a life fully adequate to meet any demand placed upon it, because in Christ it was the out-living of an indwelling life. What we set our mind on affects the direction of our lives. We are naturally inclined to view poverty as a severe trial, but abundance as a great blessing, and are continually seeking after a state in which we have everything we want. They’ll fight over the toy they’ve determined is the best one. What are we streaming online? Our phone operators are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve you: You read Philippians 3:12-14 and you are struck with Paul’s discontentment. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We normally think of Philippians 4:13 as a verse that suggests that Jesus will empower you to do whatever you set your mind to. They want happiness, and they think they can use God to get it. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”. Many of the televangelists and biblical teachers will try to convince you that you can have a good life now if you would simply think positive thoughts. Learn how to follow Him with your whole heart in this. We must consider what our greatest need is. Paul understood this and that’s why in some places he’s so dissatisfied and yet at the same time can say “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”, Christ gives him the strength to face any circumstance. Stop and think about this for a minute. Gratitude enhances relationships and contributes to longevity and even our quality of sleep. God made life this way so that we would see that joy and satisfaction are in Christ alone and begin to seek him for that joy. It takes years and years to learn how to ride a bike well. In 1965, the Rolling Stones released their hit song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. This is why the apostle Paul taught the Corinthians: We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. The more important question is: are you, like Paul, trying to learn what it means to be content in the present - not letting your circumstances control your contentment? Paul Found Lasting Contentment in God’s Will. That’s a shabby counterfeit of the real thing—the God-given opportunity to live out love and commitment to another human being for a lifetime. But this is not at all what Paul is saying. God sustains me. Other than it just being a catchy song, it’s relatable. This is a secret that I believe everyone would like to discover. We should mourn with those that mourn. Daily Devotion © 2014 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Both tend to twist, distort and degrade the personality. We see people divorce and remarry and have affairs online to find that they are still unhappy. Contentment is a somewhat ironic concept in our culture today. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little” (Philippians 4:11–12 NLT). Satisfaction will only be found in Christ. But through the years the apostle Paul had been taught by the Spirit of God that circumstances are illusive. That’s why he says, “ I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”. I am content because I have Christ. Yet he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). (2 Corinthians 10:5–6 ESV). One of Paul’s reasons for writing a letter to the Philippian church was to express his gratitude for the gift they gave him. Contentment is being satisfied in Christ. Because of Christ, Paul can be content in prison. Paul begins by teaching that there is the need for proper thinking. The J. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Read What Philippians 4 Can Teach You about Contentment - (Philippians 4:12-13) - Your Daily Bible Verse - November 3 from today's daily devotional. It was not natural. Or we imagine the future and think: I can’t wait until this or that happens - then I’ll be satisfied. We are to take our thoughts captive and think about things that draw us closer to the Lord. What a beautiful picture of the kind, generous heart that the Christian is to have for each other, especially those who are proclaiming the gospel. Yet ultimately, he surrendered his desires to God’s perfect will, even when that meant personal discomfort. Paul says that he can be fine in any circumstance. Could we say the same thing? What is the secret to being content in this life? But we also learn from Paul that there is a certain type of discontentment that is good for your soul. Contentment is seeing our joy in Christ. Previous: Philippians 4:2-7, Defeat Anxiety Like all of us, Paul had hopes and dreams. They needed a messenger to go from Philippi to Rome, which is about 800 miles. The world we live in teaches several views of contentment that are very different from the Bible. The first is something we must learn. Our resolve for transformation begins by calculating what our minds are focused upon. And if you don’t understand that, you’ll experience an insatiable, unquenchable emptiness for the rest of your life. With this in mind, it’s easy to see the power of Paul’s words in verse 12. Philippians 4:13 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible but also one of the most misused and misinterpreted. To be satisfied, not wanting. Do those movies promote us to think about things that are pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy things? 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. He’s looking at Christ! 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. So, he’s in Rome under house arrest as he writes his letter to the Philippian church. But Paul says in verse 12, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. It’s someone who always acts like they have everything together. It doesn’t come naturally to us, because we’re not naturally content. The Secret of Contentment - Part 2 Philippians 4:13-19 09/26/1999. They’re never caught off guard. … I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:12, 14 NLT). A gift can certainly bring you temporary pleasure but it will never give you lasting contentment. And then the third step to learning the secret of contentment is this: 3) Look to Christ for your strength. Earlier in Philippians 4 he wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (verse 4 NKJV). 32 thoughts on “ Philippians 4:13 is for losers, too ” The secret to contentment is full dependence on Christ (4:13). You’ll never find contentment in circumstances, you’ll only find true contentment in Jesus Christ. For instance, children are not naturally well-mannered. Troubles, temptations, and changing circumstances of life must be borne with contentment. Bookmark the permalink . I don't think that is the true definition. It’s hard to figure out how to balance on the bike. But I think Christian evangelicalism has its own version of imperturbability. Because he was not concerned about his finances but was content in every situation, he saw his needs being provided for by God. And so by living in a state of denial we think our problems will just disappear. Our minds must be set on the glory of Christ if we are going to learn contentment. They were the only church to financially help Paul when he left Macedonia to continue preaching the gospel (4:15). Those that have everything must be content. PREVAILING CONTENTMENT – Philippians 4:10-13. How quickly I murmur and complain, forgetting that you are the potter and I am the clay. The result is what we read in verse 12. This Daily Devotion was Inspired by one of Ray's Messages. But in the Bible, God’s concept of happiness is much better defined by the word contentment. Researchers have determined that grateful people demonstrate less envy, materialism and self-centeredness. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,(B) whether living in plenty or in want. For someone who wrote such powerful words on contentment - he really seems discontent. It’s like learning to ride a bike. tent (kuhn-tent) adjective satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. And as he’s imprisoned he pens an eloquent passage on contentment. Just as our day advocates certain views on contentment so did Paul’s. He says he does the very thing that he hates. But the passage is actually set in the middle of something very different.

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