2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
As I give my heart to prayer – I become more obedient
As I give my heart to obedience – I am able to endure trials
As I give my heart to patience – I enter into contentment
As I give my heart to contentment – my prayer life becomes powerful
2 Corinthians 11:24-28
Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.
I.What is contentment?
The word contentment means to be satisfied.
II. How Do I Develop A Heart Of Contentment?
Change My Heart
The first half of our life we spend our health getting wealth and the second half we spend our wealth on our health
III.Cultivate A Heart Of Gratitude
Jewish feasts were to remind the people of God’s acts of deliverance and provision so they could renew their sense of gratitude and dependence on God.
IV. Let Christ Determine The Content (Noun) Of Your Life And You Will Find Contentment.
Four contentment killers:
Comparison leads to covetousness there will ALWAYS be people with MORE!
Covetousness leads to competitiveness…to do better than my neighbor
This kind of competitiveness tempts us to compromise
There are times when God may take away our toys to force us to transfer our affections to Christ and His character.
Contentment is not found in having everything, but in being thankful with everything we have.
Contentment is not the fulfillment of what we want, but the realization of how much we already possess in Christ.