Week 6. Friday: The Secret of Being Content
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 4:10-13
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.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: In this passage Paul talks about the ups and downs of his own life and how he learned to be content in any circumstance. According to Paul there is a secret to being content in any situation. It seems simple yet profound. The secret is to focus on Christ and the strength He gives. Christ gives us strength by helping us realize that whatever situation we are in part of His plan. We can trust that His plan is best. That kind of mindset will give us the strength we need.
Takeaway: “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” - 1 Timothy 6:6
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
Why do we struggle with being content?
What are you discontent with in your life right now? Why?
What can you do to change your mindset and be thankful?
PRAY: Ask God to help you be more content with the life He has given you.