Monday, February 16, 2009

Contentment During a Recession

We are driven to have more. It began in the Garden of Eden. God gave everything to mankind except for one tree. Guess what. We had to have it all. This desire robs us from enjoying what we have, being thankful, and living content lives. Contentment doesn't come naturally. It is something we must learn. I am still trying to learn this lifestyle. Check it out!

Here are some things we can learn from this passage:
Learn to Relinquish
Be WILLING and ABLE to live on almost nothing. We are trying to figure out how little we need to live with. (We stopped our cable TV, Internet, and land-line phone.) It's actually becoming an enjoyable challenge.

Learn to Embrace.
Be able to receive blessings. STOP trying to explain why you have what you have (God sometimes chooses to bless us.) and STOP telling people how poor you are. Poverty is not a virtue, but contentment is.

Learn the Source of all you have.
Since contentment doesn't come naturally, it must be aquired super-naturally. WITH CHRIST I can be poor and content or I can manage a bunch of junk and be content.

Learn to Share.

Sharing is a "sweet smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God." God provides FOR you and God provides THROUGH you.

Learn to Trust.
The Scriptures say, "And this SAME God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."

I love the conclusion of the matter: "Now all GLORY TO GOD our Father forever and ever! Amen." Live to God's glory, in a recession or during prosperity, in good times and in bad times.

Something worth learning.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thoughts on Suffering

I serve in an area of ministry where I continually counsel and console people who are facing difficult, painful, and overwhelming situations. I thought that maybe someone who reads my blogs (there has to be at least six or more people) might be interest in what the Lord has shown me.

James 1:2 - 12 has four important verbs in it that help me in times of suffering.

“Consider” What is God doing?

“Know” What do you know about God?

“Let” Allow God to do what He wants.

“Ask” Ask God what He wants you to do.

Sounds simple, but taking time to meditate and pray over these four verbs will do more than anxiety and panic.

Just some thoughts.