Episode 6: Bravely Content
What does content mean to you?
- Contentment vs. complaint
- “The art of contentment”
What feelings does the word evoke?
Do you identify with any of these perspectives?
- Being satisfied, not lacking regardless of circumstances
- Always looking to next step, always a slight discontent
We can be…
- Rooted in the present.
- Grateful for the present.
Radical acceptance of current moment empowers and is a catalyst for changes we desire.
Discontent with our present circumstances is opportunity lost.
In what areas of life can you identify discontent?
Do you abide by what you believe about contentment?
Discontent chokes out joy.
Not settling, but trusting God’s truth about our lives.
Romans 7:14-25 Paul describes a tug-of-war: what I want to do I don’t do and what I don’t want to do, I do.
Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; You fill me with joy In Your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
(“Content” is same word as used in “My grace is sufficient…”)
Philippians 4:11-13 “I know what it means to lack and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance… the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty… I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Joshua 21:45 “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
What truths are you speaking over your life?
- My joy is found in God’s presence.
- God’s grace is sufficient.
- Christ’s power is shown in my weakness.
- I am content in every circumstance.
- My abundance is in Christ.
- I am never alone.
- God will never leave or forsake me.
- God provides for all my needs.
- I will not worry.
- God keeps His promises to me.