quinta-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 38
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Philippians 4:11 (AMP) 11 “Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.”
Paul was Born Again and called into the ministry in 36AD and ten years later (46AD) taken to the third heaven where he saw and heard things he was not allowed to speak about. In 60AD, twenty-four years after being converted, Paul wrote about his heavenly experience in 2 Corinthians 12.
In 64AD, twenty-eight years after his conversion, Paul tells the Philippians he has learned to be content, to be satisfied, to not be disturbed (troubled. bothered, concerned, worried, anxious, distressed, upset) in all circumstances and every situation he faced.
Can you imagine being beaten, or stoned, or shipwrecked and floating in an ocean for a night and a day? Can you imagine being content while experiencing the dangers, the risks, the threats, the exposure to hunger, and cold and hot weather that Paul faced in his life?
In our world people get irritated, bothered, and upset, when simple things like having to wait at a long traffic light, or when a grocery line is too slow, or when a driver cuts them off in traffic. Discontentment in our, “got to have it my way” societies abound and keep us more concerned with left and right then we are with above and below.
Being content is tied to taking up our cross of obedience and dying to our selfish desires, which is the same as dying to the dictates of the flesh. The New Covenant principle of Exchanging Strengths with Christ is spoken of by Paul in Romans 8:13 (AMP), “For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.”
Paul learned to use Christ’s power through the Holy Spirit to stop discontentment. We too can be content in all situations but first must we learn to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to stop the deeds of the flesh.
Think about areas of your life in which you are discontent and ask Jesus to teach you to use the power, He has made available through Holy Spirit to overcome your selfish desires.