I wonder how many of you have lost heart. I wonder how many days, weeks, or even years you have felt tired, weary, depressed, discouraged, and ready to give up. That is exactly what it means to “lose heart.”
If you haven’t experienced this kind of trouble, you will. It’s inevitable. No one is exempt!
But friends I’m here to remind you tonight of some good, good news. God’s beautiful word says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
Jesus clearly tell us, “take heart.” If you’ve lost heart, why don’t you make the choice to take it back.
Don’t lose heart throughout your trial. If you have no one and nothing to look to, keep looking up and stay connected to God.
You never know God is all you need, until He’s all you have.
Contentment is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation.
But contentment can be an elusive pursuit. We go after things we think will make us happy only to find out it didn’t work. These days contentment is hard to come by. Many of us are in a continual race, chasing after bigger and better material possessions. For some, nothing is ever good enough, living under the assumption that when they attain that thing they want, they will be happy.
But happiness doesn’t come from things. True contentment is an inner sense of peace that comes from being right with God and knowing that He is in control of ALL that happens to us. It means looking up with every situation.
Paul’s words in the bible teaches it best. While sitting in a prison cell with nothing to call his own he knew the secret to being content.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.”
Let’s strive to know God in the ways Paul did, then we will know contentment.