Contentment and Godliness – By the Book

Some Words on Contentment from Paul

Rejoice… in my Affliction!

Php 4:4   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Php 4:5  Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Php 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Php 4:8   Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Php 4:9  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Php 4:10   But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.
Php 4:11  Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
Php 4:12  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
Php 4:13  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Php 4:14  Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.

Flee & Pursue!

1Ti 6:3   If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,
1Ti 6:4  he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
1Ti 6:5  and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.
1Ti 6:6  But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
1Ti 6:7  For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
1Ti 6:8  If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
1Ti 6:9  But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
1Ti 6:10  For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1Ti 6:11   But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

The Living Water and the Lord’s Food

Joh 4:7 There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
Joh 4:8
For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Joh 4:9
Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
Joh 4:10
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Joh 4:11
She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?
Joh 4:12
“You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”
Joh 4:13
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;
Joh 4:14
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Joh 4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
Joh 4:32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
Joh 4:33 So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”
Joh 4:34 Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
Joh 4:35 “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
Joh 4:36 “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

The Bread of Heaven

Joh 6:23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
Joh 6:24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.
Joh 6:25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”
Joh 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
Joh 6:27 “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
Joh 6:28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
Joh 6:30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?
Joh 6:31 “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'”
Joh 6:32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
Joh 6:33 “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
Joh 6:34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
Joh 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
Joh 6:36 “But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.
Joh 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.
Joh 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Joh 6:39 “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
Joh 6:40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
Joh 6:41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.”
Joh 6:42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?”
Joh 6:43 Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.
Joh 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Joh 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
Joh 6:46 “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.
Joh 6:47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
Joh 6:48 “I am the bread of life.
Joh 6:49 “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
Joh 6:50 “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
Joh 6:52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
Joh 6:53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Joh 6:55 “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.
Joh 6:56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Joh 6:57 “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
Joh 6:58 “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Grumbling About the Bread of Heaven

Num 21:5 The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.”
Num 21:6
The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
Num 21:7
So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people.
Num 21:8
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.”
Num 21:9
And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

The Cure for Our Affliction

Joh 3:14 “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;
Joh 3:15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Teaching From Our Savior: Provision, Contentment, and Eternity

Luk 12:15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
Luk 12:16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.
Luk 12:17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’
Luk 12:18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
Luk 12:19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘
Luk 12:20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
Luk 12:21 “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Luk 12:22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.
Luk 12:23 “For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Luk 12:24 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
Luk 12:25 “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?
Luk 12:26 “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?
Luk 12:27 “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
Luk 12:28 “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
Luk 12:29 “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
Luk 12:30 “For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.
Luk 12:31 “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
Luk 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
Luk 12:33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
Luk 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Fruit of Worldliness Evidenced in the Flesh; of Godliness Evidenced in the Spirit

Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Gal 5:14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
Gal 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
Gal 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
Gal 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
Gal 5:21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Gal 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

A Reminder From Paul

Rom 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
Rom 13:9 For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
Rom 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Rom 13:11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
Rom 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Rom 13:13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
Rom 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

A Warning From John

1Jn 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1Jn 2:17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

An Exhortation From Christ Our King

Mat 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Teaching From Moses: Contentment, Provision, and Eternity

Deu 8:10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.
Deu 8:11 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;
Deu 8:12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them,
Deu 8:13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies,
Deu 8:14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Deu 8:15 “He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.
Deu 8:16 “In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.
Deu 8:17 “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’
Deu 8:18 “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Deu 8:19 “It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.
Deu 8:20 “Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

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