Godliness with Contentment

The Holy Spirit is my teacher.  I ask Him to teach me everything.  The Apostle John wrote:
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:27 NKJV).
Yes, the anointing of the Holy Spirit in us teaches us concerning everything.  Even when we are listening to someone else teach the Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us from that message, and open up our understanding to God’s Word.
When I asked the Holy Spirit to teach me about godliness, He told me that it is the opposite of worldliness.  We are not of this world anymore, we are now of God, and we do not follow the wisdom and values of this world.
While we were in the world, before we got saved, we were rarely content with what me had.  We always wanted to have more.  This is the way of the world around us.  Now that we are in Christ, God wants us to have a whole new perspective on how we live our lives – He wants us to be content in whatever state we are in!
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, I know how to abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV).
 
This means that the Apostle Paul did not allow himself to be moved by his circumstances!  He remained content in every situation he was in.  He knew how to be content in prosperity, and he knew how to be content in lack.  The result was that he was able to rejoice and be in gratitude regardless of his financial position.  He didn’t do this in his own strength, but he did everything through Christ who gave him the ability to live above his circumstances.  This is because he knew that, in whatever state he found himself in, God was his source.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NKJV).
God wants us to be content with His supplying all of our needs, and not cling to the things we see in this world.  God is the one who richly gives us all things to enjoy.  For this reason Paul wrote:
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17NKJV).
Those who live like the world are always craving and coveting what others have.  In fact you will find that they are rarely happy with what they own.  God wants us to trust Him for everything, and be joyful and thankful for everything we possess.  We need to realize that God will not give you more, unless you are thankful for what you have right now.
Does that make sense to you?
In the same way, He will also not give us more, unless you are willing to be generous with what we have.  This is why Paul added:
“Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:1-19 NKJV).
Those who are of this world tend to cling to everything they have and not share it with anyone else.  This tends to come from having a covetous heart.  A covetous heart is a stingy heart.  In contrast, God expects those who are godly to have a generous heart, knowing that everything they have came from Him in the first place.  We are simply giving to others out of His hand!
Finally, the writer of Hebrews wrote:
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).
Regardless of what situation we may find ourselves in, God is with us.  He will never leave us or forsake us, even for a moment.  The Lord will supply all of our needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ.  When we are content in Christ, we can rest in the confidence that He is taking care of us, and that every need will be met.
You are holy, dear saint!
Steve Smith
[Today I would like to commemorate and honor those brave men and women of our armed forces who have given their lives in various wars and military conflicts around the world.  They sacrificed their lives so that we and our children might enjoy the life and freedom we have here in this great nation of Canada.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with those they have left behind.
All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

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