Be Satisfied . . .

When your mission is to grow personally and achieve things in life, these are commendable goals. However, when you covet what someone else has or desire to be exactly like them, you are entering into territory that is forbidden by Scripture. Contentment does not mean you should become complacent or settle for mediocrity and fail to achieve your  God-given potential in life. One should work to improve yourself, while at the same time remaining completely dependent on God (2Corinthians 3:5). Self-sufficiency means to be "sufficient and one's self" instead of placing you faith in God's assistance. Contentment on the other hand is to know with certainty and firm conviction that God is fully able to meet your every need. When you come to understanding that truth, you do not have to covet anyone else's position, property, possessions, or personality. Why? Because you are assured that all you presently have, and all you are today, is more than enough in the hands of God. Whatever you need to do to fulfill His will, you can do, not in your own strength but in the strength and power of Christ who dwells with your innermost being. Covetousness come to us all naturally, but contentment must be learned. Paul writes: "I have learned how to content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with plenty. I have leaned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:11-13).

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