Great Gain

Great Gain

I Timothy 6:6 (AMP) But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God].

Today is my birthday. I am 54 years old. I am fortunate to have Fridays off so I slept in until about 6:15 AM. Flipping on the bathroom light, there was a card on the counter from my true love. Reading it brought a smile, he loves me and I am so very blessed to have him. Birthdays are a little different with age. I changed the sheets on our bed and have since done a couple loads of laundry. My gift this year – new rugs for our living room. See I bought a cream-colored rug before God blessed us with a black shedding monster of a dog. The new carpet smell is divine and almost as satisfying as fresh paint. I am not sure what I will do today other than what I do most Fridays. You know what – that’s okay with me.

I thanked the Lord for these years that He has given me today. I would not have lived this long or this well without Him. God has been faithful just as He promised when I gave my life to Him. I have received a wonderful gift from Him. God has given me contentment. I am content. If He did not one more glorious thing in my life – His Goodness is overwhelming. I have not settled for my lot in life but live in the superabundance of God. His Satisfying Fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are hard harvests sometimes but God is faithful to give us sowing and reaping opportunities in life in order to give us His Kingdom and all its benefits and blessings. These are often born of many trials to break our will to settle for the lesser things. It is human nature to embrace compromise to forgo the discomfort, inconvenience and uncontrollable changes that are necessary to live a life of godliness. The death of self is hard and brutal but absolutely worth the pain.

Contentment is only possible with full satisfaction. Contentment is not to settle for less than enough or give up on the impossible. Contentment in God is born of waiting and watching that depends on the accuracy and authenticity of His Word as the Plan for our life. Contentment is not found in what we have but rather in the sufficiency of God’s Superabundance. Could it be that contentment is missed in ignorance? We do not understand that God’s Plan for us is perfect. Complete. Fully satisfying. We do not believe that the Lord is perfectly in love with us and in all His Ways so rather than pursing Him – we live a half-hearted attempt at goodness our way. His Grace is the only way to experience His Power in our life. Grace requires submission and surrender. The seeds of faith will produce an abundant heart for those who seek to know Him and live for Him because He will inhabit our life. Seeds take time to grow. Careful tending. Patience and more patience. It takes waiting on the Lord to do exactly what He has promised to do.

Psalm 17:15 (TLB) But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.

I love this verse. True contentment comes in the knowing that all is well between me and God. It is vital to our existence that our residence is secure in Heaven. This world will pass away. I know that everyone doesn’t want to die. I am in no great hurry. However, the peace of knowing all is when we do offers comfort in the knowing that is inevitable. Full satisfaction is found in heaven. The end of all suffering, sorrow and striving comes the moment that we are face-to-face with that being said – the closest to full satisfaction is our life in oneness with God through His Son – Jesus Christ. To know His Word, obey His Word, surrender our heart and life and seek Him every day until that day. This is the source of contentment. It will only come when our whole heart is set on the Father and His Kingdom.

Philippians 4:12-13 (TLB)  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.

I am learning the secret of contentment and it is a precious gift. To know how to have love, joy, peace, and satisfaction not in my condition or circumstance but simply living in love with Jesus. To live my life for God and His Glory produces a contentment that nothing on this earth will ever provide. Contentment is strength and power to the believer who puts their full confidence in the sufficiency of our Sovereign God through His Son – Jesus Christ. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength – His Strength is contentment in Him. His Power. His Authority. His Provision. His Presence in my life. True strength in the Lord is birthed in contentment. Contentment ends our striving for lesser things and rests in peaceful surrender that God will satisfy you wholly. Though a man (or woman) lives a thousand years twice over but doesn’t find contentment—well, what’s the use?” I believe that contentment is the starting place of miracles in our life. It is the point when knowing and believing becomes loving and trusting beyond our understanding. It is a gift that God wants you to have.

Psalm 92:14 (AMP) [Growing in grace] they will still thrive and bear fruit and prosper in old age; they will flourish and be vital and fresh [rich in trust and love and contentment]…

This is God’s Plan for your future. It is His Will for our life. As we age, God would have us growing in His Grace so that the sufficiency thereof will ultimately produce godliness and contentment. He wants us to thrive, bear fruit, and prosper in old age. I do not really feel old but I am aging. I am a member of AARP and can receive senior citizens discounts. I also have a child who is thirty years old. I am a grandmother. This must mean that I fall in the “old age” category right? God says I will flourish, be vital, and fresh which means rich in trust and love and contentment. Consider the order of these words? Richness is first found in trust that produces love (a commitment to God beyond our feelings) and then contentment – this is considered a fresh life. Vital life. Flourishing life. This is God’s Will for our life. Thank you God for contentment today. It is the perfect gift for today and every day!

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