“Surely Lord Jesus Christ took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
“I know what is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12,13)
In our daily life we face different situations, all the times we are not convinced to be happy. Sometimes we undergo through hardships, persecutions, trials and tribulations. Moreover every child of God is surrounded by all these things. God who knows our situations expects us to be content in all our ways. A Christian life teaches us to live a contentment life.
The above word of God says us to learn the secret of being content in all our situations. Contentment is an important character that each and every God’s child should have.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
Apostle Paul write to Philippians that he learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation. On his second journey to bring the gospel to the Gentile world, he helped to start a Church in the city of Philippi, a colony of retired romans soldiers.
When Apostle Paul was in Rome at prison, he writes this above verse as he appeals to his own life as an example how to respond to hardship with joy.
How to be content in all our situations?
- Rejoicing in the Lord always:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
When we are joyful in the Lord, nothing around us will make us to depart from being contentful in the Lord.
When we think of our salvation which we received on the cross from our Lord Jesus Christ, the price which He paid for our redemption, the forgiveness of sins we had received, the righteousness we had received, make us to rejoice in the Lord.
King David in the book of Psalms writes, not to take away the joy of his salvation from him.
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:12)
Habakkuk, the prophet of God says,
“Though the fig trees does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crops fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God my Savior. (Habakkuk 3:17,18)
Therefore let us rejoice in the Lord.
- Being Gentle towards everyone:
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5)
If we are gentle towards everyone, not judging anyone then we will be content in our ways. The word of God says,
“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time, wait until the Lord comes.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)
Let us be gentle towards everyone.
- Always Praying to God with thanksgiving:
The word of God says, not be anxious about anything. If we need something or if we are trouble by something, let us take it to God.
“Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks giving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all undersanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)
If we have the peace of God in our hearts and minds, then we will content in our situations. Let us always pray to God with all our requests and petitions.
- Always having Faith upon God:
If we have faith that God will meet all our situations, then we will be content. The righteous will live by Faith.
“I can do all this through Lord Jesus Christ who gives me strength.”
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His Gloryin Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Being Joyful in the Lord, Being Gentle towards everyone, Always Praying to God with thanks giving, Always having Faith upon God.
These are the fruit of the Spirit which we receive from God. God will teach us to be content by the fruit of His Spirit.
A Blessing in the Inner Man as well as Outer Man:
The Man of God who was content in all his ways:
Moses, the man of God was content in all his ways. Many situations are recorded in Bible about his contentment. From his brith till he grows, he was facing all kinds of trials. When Moses was born he was hid for three months, he was took by Pharaoh’s daughter. One day after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor.
The word of God says,
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By Faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:24-27)
The above four verses describes the whole life of Moses, that how he chose to be content with his fellow people. He came out from the palace and left the life of fleeting pleasures, instead he chose to suffer with people of God. This was the burning desire which Moses had inside him.
When he saw an Egyptian beating an Hebrew, one of his own people. He went and killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian. Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from there and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by the well. At that time one of the Midian priest who had seven daughters, they came to draw water from the well to fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
The seven daughters of Midianite went to their father and said how Moses rescued them from the shepherds who drove them. Then the Midianite invited Moses to stay with him. Moses was content to stay with the man. Also the Midianite gave one of his daughter to Moses in marriage, her name is Zipporah. She gave birth to a son. Moses named him as Gershon means “I have became a stranger in the stranger’s land. (Exodus 2)
When Moses was content in staying with the Midianite, the Israelites were groaning in their slavery and cried to God for their help. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them,
When Moses was tending the flock in the wilderness, “the angel of the LORD appeared to him in the flames of fire within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up.”
The LORD called him Moses, Moses and said I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. The LORD said to Moses I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.
God saw a man who was content in his ways, also God saw the burning desire how he got troubled in his heart to rescue the Hebrew.
Though Moses was an Egyptian, he killed the Egyptian. This symbolizes that in our heart there are two things which fights contradictory within us, the life of Egyptian and the life of Hebrew. The life of sin and the life of Godliness.
They are in conflict with each other. Therefore Moses killed the life of sin. There are two laws in our inner man struggling each one to overcome, we have to kill the Egyptian life inside us, and to live a life of Hebrew living a Godly way of life. Moses was chose by God to be the ruler and deliverer of Israelites to deliver them from the hands of Egyptians. A person who is content in his ways can please God also receives Blessings in the Inner Man.
A Blessing in the Outer Man:
David was a man content in all his ways. We know that David was always surrounded by his enemies. When God delivered him from all his enemies, he was content to write Psalms and sing songs to God.
“David sang to the LORD the words of the song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” (2 Samuel 22:1)
When Absalom tried to kill David, Shimei one of Saul’s family man came to David and cursed him. He even pelted him with stones and said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are murderer!”
One of David’s person, Abishai said to David I will kill Shimei for cursing you. David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood is trying to kill me. How much more, then this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me His covenant blessing instead of His curse today. (2 Samuel 16)
This shows the Contentment of David. When he was cursed by his enemies he was content in that situation.
Also when David was exhausted in the wilderness, God met all his needs through the people of Israel. They brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds, sheep, cheese from cow’s milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”
God will meet all our needs. King David was content even when he was exhausted in the wilderness receives Blessings in the Outer Man.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His Glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“Lord Jesus Christ was content in His ways, Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.” (Philippians 2:6-9)
Lord Jesus Christ even though He was rich, He became poor to make us rich. He was joyful in His Father, He was Gentle even to the point of death-all for the sake of others. This is the new way to be human that is revealed in God’s kingdom.
Moses, David and Lord Jesus Christ was content in all their ways that God was pleased to fulfill His purpose through them.
God will teach us to be content in all our ways that we will please Him and God will accomplish His will through us.
Learning to be content.
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Good News Prayer House/M2H
How can we identify the children of God and the children of Devil?
“Lord Jesus Christ said, You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.” (Matthew 7:16)
The word of God says, No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother or sister. (1 John 3:9,10)
The life of Cain:
The way Cain acted towards his brother testifies about him that he is of evil. Because of his jealousy upon Abel, Cain killed him.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. (Matthew 12:35)
Cain bought evil things out of the evil stored up in him. The word of God warns us not to be like Cain.
“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. (1 John 3:12)
The life of Cain’s grandson Lamech:
The first man who married two woman was Lamech. Lamech coveted his neighbor’s wife and he killed his neighbor and took his neighbors’ wife. Cain’s evil seed continued in Lamech’s life. The Spirit of Murder which passed on to Lamech.
The commandment of God is:
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And also You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:17,13)
Lamech said to his wives; “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech , hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.” (Genesis 4:23)
Lamech struggled to covet his neighbor’s wife at the point of shedding his own blood. But the word of God says,
You should stand against the sin.
“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12:4)
Thus the life of Lamech was cursed by God.
The life of Lamech’s three children:
Lamech’s wife Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in the tents and raise livestock. (Genesis 4:20)
Jabal, the father of those who live in tents: Those who live in tents wander from place to place. They don’t trust in God, since their foundation is not strong, they wander from place to place putting their trust in wordly things. This is the Spirit of Girgashites.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not except to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:6,7,8)
They don’t have a sure foundation.
Lord Jesus Christ said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is a like wise man who built his house on the rock (Lord Jesus Christ). The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had the foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears the word of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on a sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Thus Jabal lived an unstable life, and also he became the father of those live unstable. The children of devil lives unstable as they set their minds on earthly things wandering here and there. For the children of God looks forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10)
Jabal’s brother name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. (Genesis 4:21)
Jubal, the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes: Here we can see Jubal is the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments. But at the beginning, Lucifer the devil is the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments.
Lucifer had the workmanship of tabrets and pipes on the day he was created. In his pride of his heart he was pushed down from heaven to this earth. Till now he is leading a band of troops who play these pipes and stringed instruments. (Ezekiel 28)
“All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread beneath you and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of dawn! (Lucifer) You have been cast down to the earth, you once laid low the nations.” (Isaiah 14:11,12)
People who play these pipes and stringed instruments celebrating with their wrong mind for their pleasures are the children of devil. They have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands.
“They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands. Therefore Death expands its jaws, opening wide its mouth; into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers.” (Isaiah 5:12,14)
Jubal became the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments. Children of God should be aware of playing instruments which please God and which does not please God.
Tubal who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron:
Lamech’s wife Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. (Genesis 4:22)
There is a spiritual meaning of these bronze and iron.
When God gave his commands to His people of Israelites, He said if you do not follow or obey the Lord your God, all these curses will come on you and overtake you. One of the curse is this:
“The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron.” (Deuteronomy 28:23)
Sky refers to the mind. The children of devil has the mind like bronze. Bronze refers to the earthly things, visionless life or fruitless life. Their mind is occupied by the lust of this world.
“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:28)
Also it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” (Romans 11:7)
Ground refers to the heart. “Lord Jesus Christ said, For it is from within, out of person’s heart, that evil thoughts come-sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:21,22,23)
Iron refers to a stone-heart, which has no understanding.
We children of God should not set our minds on earthly things, but on things above, where Christ is seated. (Colossians 3:1)
Bronze and iron refers to the deeds of darkness. The word of God warns us to put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (Romans 13:12,13,14)
Tubal forged all kinds of tools using bronze and iron. Tools is our heart and mind, Let us not forge it with bronze and iron.
Jabal was the father of all who lived in tents.
Jubal was the father of all who played pipes.
Tubal was who forged his tools with bronze and iron.
By their acts we can identify who the Children of God are and who the Children of Devil are.
Adam and Eve gave birth to a child in the place of Abel, who was named as Seth. The generation of Seth was blessed by God. The Grandson of Seth was Enoch. The word of God says Enoch walked faithfully with God and he was taken up by God. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5)
Here in the generation of Seth there comes another Lamech who walked faithfully with God and gave birth to a son Noah. God testified about Noah and saved Noah’s life. The children of God always walk faithfully with God. Lamech who was the grandson of Seth lived a life of 777 years and died. But the grandson of Cain, Lamech was avenged 77 times than Cain. The life of Lamech who lived 777 years reached the fullness of God’s blessing.
The children of God should attain perfection in God’s holiness and righteousness.
The one who is born again through the faith in Lord Jesus Christ will never continue to sin, because they are born of God. (1 John 3:9)