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Sep172006

In Any and Every Situation

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Philippians 4:11 – 13 says, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned the secret of being 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 whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

It is easy to be content when we have everything we need and we get to do what we want. I can only be content in the absence of these through the power of God who gives me strength.

My contentment is far too dependent on getting to do in ministry what I want. I love being with people. I have not been able to go out for ten days due to illness. My contentment level with this circumstance is often less than Paul’s contentment “in any and every situation”.

This passage forces me to ask some hard questions of myself.  Am I content when I am not able to be with people?  Why is contentment such a struggle?  What does it say about me that I "need" to be with others so much?

The past ten days have caused me to grapple with these.  I have grown closer to the Lord as I have done so.  I am thankful to get out for the first time and worship with my church family.  I am looking forward to being with people again.  I pray that I will be joyfully content and thankful especially when things don't go my way.

Today could you remember to pray for the following:

1. Contentment in any and every situation.

2. Our pastors, Peter and Zdenko, for whom we are incredibly thankful. They are a great blessing to our family and the church. Ask for God’s strength in their life and ministry and God’s wisdom to guide them.

3. The international youth are having their first meeting tonight at 6 PM (noon on the east coast). Remember to pray for our kids.

Trey 

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