How We Can Realize True Contentment in Christ

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Generally speaking, to be content means to be satisfied. So, when we talk about having contentment in Christ, we are talking about being satisfied in Christ.

Some of you may be of the view that contentment in Christ is incidental to being a Christian. But the truth is that not everybody who is a Christian has arrived at a sense of contentment in Christ.

Moreover, some believers, through no fault of their own have been dealt a tougher road to travel than the average believer; and that can make it more of a challenge for them to realize a sense of contentment in Christ.

In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul talks about how he achieved contentment in Christ. Let’s see what we can learn from this model Christian on the subject of Christian contentment.

Three Characteristics of Contentment in Christ

What does contentment in Christ entail? Here are three characteristics that I have drawn from Paul’s epistle:

1. Contentment in Christ is a learning process. Paul writes, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11, KJV).

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Balancing Liberty in Christ with Brotherly Love

By Frank King 

Salvation in Christ delivers us from the bondage of legalism. We are not saved by rules of dos and don’ts, but we are saved by grace through faith in what Christ did on the cross for us.

I often say that the book of Leviticus is perhaps my least liked book in the Bible. It’s got all kinds of rituals, sin offerings, trespass offerings, offerings for when you touch something that’s unclean, etc. On the other hand, when we read the book of Leviticus as a Christian, you will appreciate even more the fact that Christ has delivered us from the legalism of the Law.

Actually, our liberty in Christ is two-fold. One, we are liberated from the legalism of the Law. And two, we are liberated from the bondage of sin. For whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

We must be careful, however, not to become lifted up about our liberty in Christ. For not everything that’s lawful is expedient (1 Cor. 10:23). In other words, something may be lawful or permissible but not in the best interest of the gospel. Accordingly, sometimes, brotherly love is far more important than the expression our liberty in Christ.

To drive this point home, Apostle Paul uses a simple example involving two divergent views on the foods we eat. He writes:

“I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean” (Romans 14:14, NASB).

Liberty in Christ vs Brotherly Love

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Three Reasons for God Not Granting Your Request

Prayer is vital in our life because prayer is the means by which we make our requests known to God. If you don’t make your requests known to God, you don’t have a basis for expecting Him to grant your request.

Of course, God is omniscient. He knows our needs before we make them known to Him. Nevertheless, in James 4:2, we are informed that one reason we have not is because we ask not. You see, God wants us to exercise our faith in Him by asking Him for what we want or need.

One day, Jesus’ disciples came to Him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1, KJV). Now some people would argue that there is no need for anyone to teach us how to pray. Everybody knows how to pray, they say. Prayer is just talking to God. In simplest terms that is true. But there is prayer and then there is effective prayer.

During Jesus’ public ministry, He often taught about how to pray. The more conscientiously you and I apply those teachings, the more successful we will be in the area of prayer.

Three Reasons God Does Not Grant Your Request

So, have you been praying and it seems as if God is not listening? Consider these three reasons for God not granting your request.

1. It is His prerogative to respond to your request a different way. Yeah, this first reason sounds rather cold but hear me out. In the twelfth chapter of Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, he writes about this messenger of Satan that was tormenting him. He prayed to the Lord three times for deliverance (2 Corinthians 12:8).

But the Lord chose not to grant Paul’s request. Instead, He said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (verse 9, KJV).

So, God did not grant Paul’s request but chose to give Paul ample grace to get through the affliction. It is God’s prerogative to respond to our request the same way whenever He wants to.

Furthermore, sometimes when we pray to God, He knows we don’t know how to pray as we should for the matter at hand (Romans 8:26).

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How to Encourage Yourself in the Lord

We all can use some encouragement at one time or another. Church attendance should be an important source of encouragement to believers. But you also need to know how to encourage yourself in the Lord.

Sometimes, the time at which you need to be encouraged can’t wait until the next gathering at church. Or that may not be the kind of message you will hear the next time you attend church. If you don’t know how to encourage yourself in the face of circumstances that threaten to overwhelm or depress you, you are going to have a problem standing during times like that.

There came such a time in David’s life. When he and his men returned to their city, they found that “it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives” (1 Samuel 30:3, KJV).

David and his men were devastated:

“Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (verse 4).

But David’s trouble didn’t stop there. The people who were with him talked about stoning him (verse 6a)!

Why would they go there? David did not burn down their city. He did not take their wives and children captive. He was with them. He was feeling the same loss they were.

Perhaps they felt he was to blame because he was the leader. Or maybe their thinking was that it was his fault because the enemy came while they were following David’s lead.

Imagine that you are in David’s shoes. Everybody’s pointing the finger at you. Nobody has anything positive to say to you to encourage you because are the problem. It’s all your fault.

At that point, you have two general choices. You can go somewhere and hide and have a pity party or you can find a way to move forward.

How did David respond? “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (verse 6b).

Three Ways to Encourage Yourself in the Lord

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Why Under Grace Moral Integrity Still Matters

Frank King

Integrity is defined as moral uprightness. It is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral principles and values. It goes without saying that God wants us to be men and women of integrity—even during this grace era.

It’s not unusual for us to see men and to a lesser degree women in high places brought low by a lack of integrity. Whenever that happens, it means that their commitment to strong moral principles was weighed and found wanting.

Now some may argue that they are people of integrity solely on the basis of the fact that they are Christians. But integrity is not incidental to being a Christian. Being a Christian gives us all the wherewithal to become people of moral uprightness. But realizing that end requires one to make a personal decision to be consistent and uncompromising with regard to strong moral principles.

Joseph, the son of Jacob, is a good example of a man of integrity. His master’s wife was persistent in trying to get him to lie with her. But he repeatedly refused to do so. He said, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9).

To me, Joseph’s experience is a sobering biblical account because for some reason we don’t talk much about the importance of integrity even in church these days. But I believe that one of the primary objectives of the Word of God is to be a moral standard for us to live by.

In Psalm 119:11, the psalmist writes, Your word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You. In effect, he is saying that I have hid your Word in my heart that I might be a man of integrity.

Practical Reasons Why Integrity Still Matters

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Our Struggles in the Area of Faith

By Frank King on Jan 14, 2021 11:38 pm

You can be a genuine Christian and still struggle at times with living by faith in the teachings and promises found in the Scriptures. My saying that is not intended to make light of that fact or to suggest that you should accept that and not challenge yourself in that area. We should always be striving to deepen and to grow in our faith in the Lord.

To grasp how real this subject is, we have only to look at the Lord’s disciples. They were with Him throughout His public ministry and saw the things He did and heard the things He taught. But at times they struggled to believe. We know that to be true because on several occasions, Jesus rebuked them because of their unbelief.

This subject is important because faith is the essence of effective Christian living. In other words, without faith, it’s impossible for us to effectively live the Christian life.

Consider these words by disciple Thomas after the other disciples came and told him the Lord had appeared to them after His body resurrection: “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25, KJV).

So, Thomas has laid it on the line: There is but one condition upon which he will believe that Jesus has risen. He was not going to believe Jesus had risen just because He said He was going to. He was not even going to believe just because the other disciples said they had recently seen Him.

To put this in proper context, remember that while Jesus was with His disciples, on a number of occasions, He told them in advance He would be crucified and then that He would rise from the dead. Well, they saw Him being crucified, just like He said He would be. And since He was right about that, their thinking should have been that He was probably right about the other thing—that is, that He would rise again.

And now the other disciples come to Thomas and say we have seen the Lord; not dead but alive. They were corroborating what Jesus had foretold them which was that He would rise again. Seems as though all this evidence would have erased all doubt. But not for Thomas.

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God’s Power over the Works of the Devil in Our Life

By Frank King on Dec 05, 2020 05:13 pm

The Bible refers to the devil as our adversary who goes about seeking whom he may devour. If God were to open our eyes so we could see the evil at work in the spiritual realm, it would blow our mind.

Of course, all of us who can see with our eyes can see the powers of darkness at work in our world to some degree.  But what we can see only scratches the surface compared to what is really happening in the spiritual realm.

To some, it may even appear that the devil and the powers of darkness are having their way in our world. But I want you to know that is not the case. The devil has some liberty to be the devil, and he will maximize the use of that liberty, but God has placed limits on what the devil can do in our life.

In this post, I will touch on three Bible verses that underscore God’s power over the works of the devil to limit what he can do in our life.

Three Verses That Underscore God’s Power over the Works of the Devil

1. ‘Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord’ (Job 1:12, NASB).

God gave the devil permission to attack Job’s possessions. This was in response to the devil’s claim that if God touched everything Job had, “he will surely curse You to Your face” (verse 11). God responded by removing His hedge of protection from about Job and allowing the devil to touch Job’s possessions but not his body.

The devil immediately went to work. Job lost all that he had, but the devil did not touch Job’s body because he could only do what God had allowed Him to.

In a second instance, God allowed Satan to attack Job’s body but not take his life (Job 2:6). Again, Satan could only do to God’s servant what God allowed him to. That is true about us as well.

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How to Find Rest for Your Weary Soul

Photo of a woman depicting a weary soul

Being human, we can get physically overwhelmed at times. Normally, getting more rest and slowing down the pace in life is what the doctor has ordered for physical exhaustion.

But what about when you experience a weary soul? This state is rooted in your emotions. It is characterized by a sense of depression, sustained stress, and feeling overwhelmed about life.

During this Coronavirus pandemic, I sometimes hear people complaining about how bored they are from being shut up in their home to stay safe from the virus. But that’s not everyone’s reality. Millions of Americans stay up at night and turn every stone through the day trying to put food on their table and to pay the cost of keeping a roof over their head.

Also, let me take a minute to recognize the selfless work of our amazing health care providers. During this pandemic, they have been putting their lives on the line daily to bring us back to health. Oftentimes, they lack the require personal protection equipment for their own safety, but they still do their jobs.

I have seen a number of health care providers on the news talking about how they fear getting infected themselves and infecting their children and spouse at home. No doubt, some of our health care providers are weary, too.

The question is, how does one with a weary soul find rest? It is not something that goes away with a good night sleep. Nor can it be resolved through taking a pill.

THE CURE FOR A WEARY SOUL

God cares about everything that concerns you. It’s not His will for you to live with a weary soul. During His public ministry, Jesus issued an invitation to all who are weary so they can find rest.

  1. The invitation. “Come to ME, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest,” He says (Matthew 11:28, NASB). Are you weary and heavy-laden? This is Jesus’ invitation to you. He says, come to Him and He will give you rest.
  2. The cure. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (verse 29).

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What Is the Holy Spirit Saying to You about You?

What Is the Holy Spirit Saying to You about You?

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When we accepted Christ as our Savior, we became indwelt by His Spirit who lives in us. There is a practical reason why this is important. We can’t effectively live for Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit performs many important roles in our life. One is to “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13a). When we fail to walk in truth or we fail to speak according to truth, He reveals those things to us.

Jesus says, regarding the Holy Spirit, “He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak….” (John 16:13b). This is an amazing truth about the Holy Spirit. First, it confirms that He is a person who can hear and speak. Secondly, He guides us into truth by hearing the will of the Lord and conveying the same to us.

The Holy Spirit does not make us do what’s right. His role is to guide us accordingly. The decision to walk in truth rests with us. So what is the Spirit saying to you about your life, and what are you doing about what the Spirit is saying?

CHALLENGES TO OBEYING WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SAYING TO YOU

To say that the Spirit guides us into all truth sounds great. But realizing this vital work of the Spirit in our life is often easier said than done. Here are three common challenges to that:

1. The Ability to Hear the Voice of the Spirit. We can’t do what the Spirit is saying to us if we don’t know what He is saying. We must have ears to hear the “voice” of the Spirit. To become more attuned to what He is saying to us, we must set our mind on things above and not on the things of this earth (Colossians 3:2).

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How to Build Yourself Up on Your Most Holy Faith

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