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← You Can Learn to Be Content - Geoff Thomas

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Showing Revision 1 created 05/20/2019 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. Where can contentment be found?
  2. And so often, Christians
    admire contentment
  3. and they long for it
  4. and they confess they're
    strangers to contentment.
  5. They make it so unattainable.
  6. "Oh, if only I had the second blessing
  7. how contented I would be."
  8. And they blame their upbringing
  9. and they blame their personality.
  10. They say, "My mother was discontented,"
  11. "my grandmother was..."
  12. and I'm discontented too.
  13. Paul says he learned contentment.
  14. He learned it. He learned it.
  15. It didn't come to him
    on the Damascus road.
  16. One moment, driving, rabbinically furious,
  17. and then the Damascus road,
  18. and after that he was just
    laid back from then on.
  19. It wasn't like that. He learned it.
  20. He was in a meeting once -
    a prayer meeting -
  21. and an old Christian got up and he said,
  22. "Let's think of Psalm 23...
  23. 'The Lord is my Shepherd,
  24. and so I will not be in want.'"
  25. The Shepherd - like my Lord?
  26. The King of the universe is mine?
  27. Oh, I'm not going to be in want.
  28. I'm going to trust Him.
  29. I'm going to be content.
  30. Paul listened.
  31. Paul learned like you learned
  32. coming here Sunday by Sunday.
  33. He learned it.
  34. And you have to learn it too.
  35. What did he learn?
  36. He learned one:
  37. being discontented is a sin.
  38. It's against our whole position
  39. that our Lord looks after
    us and cares for us.
  40. All things are working
    together for our good.
  41. You know, we can parade
    our discontentedness
  42. because: "I love her,
    but she doesn't love me."
  43. "She won't marry me and I'm sulking
  44. for the rest of my life."
  45. You're saying Jesus made a mistake then
  46. in closing that door.
  47. Being discontented is a sin.
  48. Secondly, it's possible to be contented.
  49. Those of you who've had
    a very trying upbringing,
  50. it's possible for you
    to learn contentment.
  51. Not just a few people who are
  52. self-integrated and intelligent
  53. and sensible men and women.
  54. Not just them, but you
  55. with all the pressures and strains
  56. that your life has been under,
  57. you can be a contented person.
  58. And no circumstance,
    no set of circumstance
  59. can take that contentment from you.
  60. That's the Christian life.
  61. I have learned in whatsoever state I am
  62. therewith to be content.
  63. And then thirdly,
  64. Paul discovered how -
  65. how to be content.
  66. Well, I've taken over the
    Hilton in San Antonio.
  67. It's only $100 you have
    to pay next weekend.
  68. I'll be giving lectures on
    how to learn contentment.
  69. Not. Not.
  70. I'll tell you without
    money and without price
  71. how to be contented.
  72. You go to God
  73. and you say to God,
  74. "Thy will be done."
  75. That's it.
  76. Thy will be done.
  77. I don't want my own will.
  78. I want Your will.
  79. And that's why so often
    I'm a discontented person
  80. because I don't like God's will.
  81. I don't like what God
    has done with my life.
  82. And there's no way I'm going to wear
  83. the red jewel of Christian contentment
  84. without taking my stand on this:
  85. what I want in my life is the will of God.
  86. And then when God says,
    "Alright, My child,
  87. this is My will for you."
  88. "This is the way I want you to walk."
  89. "I want you to be brave."
  90. "I want you on the narrow path."
  91. "I want you to be looking
    unto Me every day."
  92. And then when I know,
    well, it's God's will,
  93. and I'm not frustrated,
  94. I'm not discontented, I'm not depressed,
  95. I'm not plaintive,
  96. I'm not self-pitying
  97. because this is my Father's will.
  98. And so I rejoice to do Thy will, O Lord.
  99. And Jesus could say that perfectly.
  100. And that's my righteousness.
  101. That He's left me and example
  102. and I walk in His steps.
  103. And I want to be content
    too following the Savior.