2 Phil 4: 11 “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
3 1. Being content“satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.”Satisfied with what one isSatisfied with what one hasNot wanting more or anything elseSatisfied with what one is: What are you?Not defined by your station in lifeYou are an adopted child of God if you have received Jesus
4 1. Being contentYou are an adopted child of God if you have received Jesus“Eph 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[ predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”ChosenAdopted as a sonBlessed with every spiritual blessingAdopted as a son
5 1. Being content You are an adopted child if you have received Jesus Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings… NIVAdopted as a son
6 2. “Knowing what it is like… “In want” is relativeHaving empathy for the poorTake a busgo with someone on public aidPoverty makes life inefficientWhat does “in want” mean for you?What does “plenty” mean to you?
7 3. Knowing the Secret “The secret” is Jesus Christ. Why? Because of Jesus you were:ForgivenMade righteous because of His deathPlaced in God’s familyMade an heirThe secret to contentedness is based on your position, not your possessions
8 4. Being an American Christian What about drive? Shouldn’t I better myself?We live in a unique setting in history.Delay gratificationIs now OK?Postponing the enjoyment of life til laterLet’s go to Luckenbach TX.The early days without much is a blessed timeSo baby, let's sell your diamond ring Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away This coat and tie is choking me In your high society you cry all day We've been so busy keepin' up with the Jones Four car garage and we're still building on Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of loveLet's go to Luckenbach, Texas With Waylon and Willie and the boys This successful life we're livin' got us feudin' Like the Hatfield and McCoys Between Hank Williams' pain songs and Newberry's train songs and Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no painRead more: Waylon Jennings - Luckenbach, Texas Lyrics | MetroLyrics
9 So What? Making faith fun again… Live in your position, not your possessionsGod LOVES you!God is your “daddy”When life crumbles around you, it doesn’t change your position