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154. Finding Contentment

154. Finding Contentment Podcast

Finding contentment a cup full of hope podcast

Have you found that you are discontent with where you are in life? Are you having a hard time finding peace as you navigate the storms and trials you are currently in? If you desire to find contentment in Christ, tune in to this episode to hear what scripture says on the topic of contentment as well as practical steps you can take to find complete satisfaction and contentment in the Lord.

Bible Verses:

Philippians 4:11-14: “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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” I’m not telling you this because I’m in need, for I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Matthew 5:5a, MSG: “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”

Hebrews 13:5, NKJV: “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 John 2:15-17: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

James 4:4, TPT: “You have become spiritual adulterers who are having an affair, an unholy relationship with the world. Don’t you know that flirting with the world’s values places you at odds with God? Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy!”

Proverbs 10:22, TPT: “True enrichment comes from the blessing of the Lord, with rest and contentment in knowing that it all comes from him.”

Proverbs 12:12, TPT: “The cravings of the wicked are only for what is evil, but righteousness is the core motivation for the lovers of God, and it keeps them content and flourishing.” 

1 Timothy 6:6: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Topics Discussed:

Contentment

  • The Biblical definition of contentment is based on the belief that we are made whole because of Jesus.
  • Contentment is being satisfied in Jesus, which leads to Him alone being enough.
  • Have you learned to be content, or satisfied, no matter what the circumstance?
  • No matter what season of life you are in today contentment can be found.
  • Contentment is not found in the thing you are waiting for; it is found in Jesus Christ himself.
  • First find contentment, and then you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.
  • You are blessed when you are content.
  • Contentment is considered a blessing.

Surrender

  • You cannot be content unless you surrender.
  • We must surrender our desires, the “trying to make it happen”, control, anxiety and fear to the Lord.
  • Surrender your right to understand.
  • True contentment cannot happen without surrender.
  • You will know if you have surrendered by what your mind is focused on.

What are practical steps you can take to live in complete contentment and satisfaction in the Lord?

  • Surrender your story – Contentment is only found through surrender
  • Pay attention to what you are focused on – What is the condition of your heart and mind? Are you desiring for things or for people to satisfy you? What do you spend your days thinking about?
  • Take note of discontentment – What are the things that cause you to be discontent? Notice the patterns that lead to complaining and jealousy. Ask the Lord to reveal the areas of your heart that need healing so you can live a life of contentment.
  • Live in community – Are the people you are surrounding yourselves with craving the things of this world or of the Word? Are they living in contentment? Are they running after Jesus?
  • Pay attention to your words – Are you speaking life over yourself and your future or are you constantly tearing yourself apart? God loves the way He created you and He calls you blessed. If you are not content with how God made you, ask Him for His perspective of how He sees you.

Powerful Quotes:

“Major breakthrough in your life will happen when you find contentment before you get the thing you are asking God for.” – Caroline Harries

“The only way that you will find true contentment is when you place your hope in Jesus.” – Caroline

“It is God’s strength, not yours, that enables you to find complete contentment.” – Caroline

“Contentment is not found in the thing you are waiting for; it is found in Jesus Christ himself. “– Caroline

“Admitting weakness always leads to breakthrough.” – Caroline

“Contentment is possible no matter what the circumstance.” – Caroline

“Nothing can bring true satisfaction like God can.” – Caroline

Resources:

A Cup Full of Hope Podcast Episode on Surrender
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