Talks for Growing Christians
Content in All Circumstances
Lesson Number 19
- The secret of contentment is adjusting, not abundance.
- The secret of adjusting is Christ, not circumstances.
- Let’s give our fellow believers the benefit of the doubt.
- Let’s pray for our fellow believers who are not in need.
- What did Paul mean when he wrote, “Your care for me has flourished again”?
- Why would Paul have need of a financial gift during his imprisonment?
- What is the secret of contentment?
- What is the secret of adjusting?
- How do Christians sometimes misquote Philippians 4:13?
- Why should we pray for those who are not in need, but in abundance?
- Apparently, the Philippians had let some time elapse before sending Paul another gift.
- Paul was able to rent a house during his imprisonment, and he would need finances for this, and possibly for entertaining those who came to hear him preach and teach.
- Adjusting, and not abundance
- Christ, and not circumstances
- Sometimes when they take on more than they can handle. The verse is not promising success, superhuman strength, the miraculous, or the impossible.
- So they will learn how to handle prosperity for God’s glory and the furtherance of the kingdom
- How have you learned the secret of contentment? How have you learned the secret of adjusting?
- Do you know Christians who are emotional yo-yos? How can you avoid having this kind of a temperament?
- Give fellow believers the benefit of the doubt, as Paul did. Think about times when you have been quick to judge others concerning their motives. Ask the Lord’s forgiveness.
- “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Philippians 4:11