10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:10-13

Every man experiences high moments and low moments in life. Circumstances change all the time and being in control is indeed an illusion. Paul gives an excellent testimony to this because he lived it. He went from persecuting Christ to being persecuted for Christ, and every outcome as a result. Paul is qualified to share the wisdom that contentment is something you learn. He never says contentment is easy, but he does say it is possible.

All men are tempted with discontentment. Remember that temptation is not sin and how you choose to handle it does produce results. Paul wasn't given the secret of contentment; he had to learn it. Learning contentment requires being faced with the desire to be discontent and choosing not to be. Repeating that process engrains contentment in the mind of a man. And the only man strong enough to persevere over time is the one willing to receive his strength to do so from God.

DO THIS TODAY: Be content because of God's strength, not yours. 


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