JUNE 27, 2021
HOW TO LIVE THE SATISFIED LIFE
Verses 11-12 – I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.
1. I must avoid comparisons.
a) Verse 11 b – I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
b) II Cor. 4:18 – We do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven, the troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
Misconceptions about happiness:
- I must have what others have.
- I must be liked by everyone.
- Having more of everything.
I Timothy 6:6-8 – Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
2. I must adjust to change.
a) Verse 12 – I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I have learned to be independent of circumstances
Types of circumstances:
- Those we can control and do.
- Those we can control and don’t.
- Those we can’t control.
b) Rom. 12:18 – If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
3. I must draw on Christ’s Power.
a) Verse 13 – I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
THERE IS NOTHING I CANNOT MASTER WITH THE HELP OF THE ONE WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.
b) II Cor. 12:9 – But God said to me my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in (your) weakness.
4. I must trust Christ to meet my needs.
a) Verse 19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
b) Matt. 6:31-33 – So do not start worrying, where will my food come from? Or my drink? Or my clothes? Your heavenly Father knows you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with God’s Kingdom and He will provide you with all these other things.