Sunday, February 19, 2017

Contentment

Be satisfied



Well?? It's 2017. Yup. It is the year of our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen. Where are you right now? In life. Where are you? Are you where you thought you would be at this time when you looked back? Do you have the Job or Position that you strive for? Do you have the House or Bank Account? Have you kept up with the Joneses?

We just passed the Holiday Season.. What were you Thankful for? Did you throw that all out the Window and throw yourself into debt? Seriously. Where are you right now? Do you want to be debt free? Do you want to be Thankful? Do you want Peace in your life? Then be Content.
"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." {Philippians 4:11-13}
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that we should not even think about what we should eat, drink, wear, Etc. That God knows we have need of all these things before we even think about asking Him, and that we need to have Faith that He will supply them. All we need to do is trust in Him and ....
"seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
There is much peace in Contentment. Why? Because we no longer have to worry about much of anything. Do you have a Roof over your head? Do you have food on the table? When was the last time you missed a meal? I'm not trying to be insulting or nasty. I'm truly asking you. When is the last time you went out in public naked? Not due to perversion but due to simply having nothing to cover yourself with.

Look at the World Poor. We see pictures all the time. Kids ruining around naked. People living in shacks or out in the elements. People eating bugs and dirt, drinking the same water they and animals bath in. In nearly EVERY other country, if you do not work, you die. If you do not do the things needed to survive, you die. There is no Government Check coming.

Now look at the Poor in this Country. Car, maybe two, or Public Transportation. Free to go wherever you want. Apartment or House with AC and Heat, running water, Electricity. Food. Given freely by Organizations and or Government. Two or more TVs. Cell Phones. All the Cloths you want. Even got ya some money to go do something like see a Movie or take your kids down to the local Store for Ice Cream. Really?

This does not give you reason to pause than think about it I do not know what will. We live in the Greatest Country on the Planet. You know why? Oh, we have forgotten. We are in a Moral Decline in this Country, no doubt about it, However, we are the greatest Country on the Planet, because we were founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a Country, we but God first, always. As a Country we..
"seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
We came here for Religious Freedom. We came here in ever intention of Winning the Race.. The Word declares in 1 Corinthians 9:24
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."
New Living Translation puts it this way..
"Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!"
Nothing else matters. Most professional Athletes will describe getting in "The Zone." They block out everything else. They stay on target and keep the end result in the forefronts of their minds. Why? No regrets. Contentment. When the Race is over, you can go to the finish line with no fear. In 2 Timothy 4:6-7 Paul writes this to Timothy
"For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
He was never concerned with Recognition, or Monetary Gain. He was never striving to be "in charge." He simply went with whatever God came up with. He learned to be Content. To be Thankful. To be the Child of God that God chose him to be.

This is why God gives us this, the Tenth Commandment In Exodus 20:17
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's."
This is why when Jesus was asked which Commandments are the most important,, well, turn to Matthew 22:36-40. Here is the exchange..
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Simply put, If you have no other God before God, you will not worship before Idols. You will not take His name in vain. You will obey His Commandments. If you love your Neighbor as yourself, you will treat them how you would want to be treated. You would not Steal from yourself, you would not Lie about yourself. You would not Kill yourself. You would be content with what you have. Not worrying about what they have.

It is the year of our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen. A time of new beginnings. A time of new starts and fresh Minds. Why not start out re-evaluating your Position in Life. No not just this life, here on Earth, but your Position in Life Eternal. Not Content? Why? Not at Peace? Why? Take a closer look.. You may be surprised.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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