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Contentment is an attitude independent of our circumstances. The secret of contentment is not about being self-sufficient, but Christ-sufficient.

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  1. 1. Philippians 4:10-11 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. www.networkbible.org
  2. 2. Philippians 4:12-13 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. I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength. www.networkbible.org
  3. 3. Philippians 4:14-16 Yet it is good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. www.networkbible.org
  4. 4. Philippians 4:17-18 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. www.networkbible.org
  5. 5. Philippians 4:19-20 And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. www.networkbible.org
  6. 6. Ironic, for GREAT GAIN I must learn to be CONTENT If you seek contentment by digging in the wrong places, it will be an ever-elusive treasure, SOUGHT but never FOUND One wrong place we tend to look for contentment is in our RELATIONSHIPS with others.
  7. 7. The world is not to DEFINE you, nor does it REVOLVE around you. God frequently meets our needs through OTHERS, but we cannot DEPEND on others to meet all our needs. “Whatever the circumstances” strips sway any and all EXCUSES for discontent.
  8. 8. I’ll be happy IF ONLY…the problem is there will always be another IF ONLY Contentment is an attitude INDEPENDENT of our CIRCUMSTANCES
  9. 9. The secret of contentment is not about being SELF-sufficient, but CHRIST-sufficient. Paul’s contentment is independent of his circumstances only because of his DEPENDENCE on Christ. Once we realize it all COMES from God and BELONGS to God the easier to OFFER it to God.
  10. 10. Please take a moment to fill out your Communication Card My Next Step Today is to: ( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin) ( ) Evaluate if I have learned to be content ( ) Meditate on 1 Tim. 6:6-10 & Luke 12:13-21 ( ) Examine If I am looking to others/ circumstances for what only God can provide ( ) Reflect on what it means to say, “God is enough”, whether in need or plenty ( ) Other________________________