God has been gracious to me and I have all I need. Genesis 33:11
We are to be content with the things that we have, be they more or less, knowing that in God we have enough. As we are in Christ and as His Spirit lives in us, we are to be a people who find our sufficiency in God—we are to be thankful for everything we have, be it more, or less. We are to be content in every state, whether it be trials or blessings; adversity or prosperity. We are instructed to be patient and to submit to God’s will for our lives. He has the plans and hope for our future. We should cheerfully, and in full contentment accept whatever He decides is our portion in life, and in all things we should give thanks to Christ our Lord.
The key given here in scripture is to not be content with the things we have, but rather with who we are. The world—and all the things in it—cannot give us this, or teach us this. This is not something that we can acquire by our carnal nature, but only by and through His grace. Learning to be content and satisfied does not come naturally. It does not come by what we learn from man, but it comes to us by what we learn from God, from our relationship with Christ, and under the teachings of the Spirit of God. We learn as students in the school of heartache and trials, from courses in a lifetime of experiences, sorrows, afflictions, and distresses. God takes the things which we experience and He teaches us, not by prosperity, but by the adversities in which we face, endure, and overcome.
There are many things of this world to entice and excite us, but they pale in comparison to our heavenly grace. It is God that decides how every person’s state and condition is to be settled. It is God that decided when we came into this world, and it will be God that decides when we go out of it, naked and bare of this world’s things.
Our worthiness and mercy are to be found in the nail-scarred hands of our Lord Jesus. He is our portion and reward in this life and in the life to come. In Him is our profit and pleasures of a life of contentment. In Christ, we have available all the promises which God has made to having such a life; and in Christ we have the hope of the future glory and happiness in the New City not built by human hands. In Christ, we the redeemed can say, this life in covenant with God, written in the blood of Christ Jesus, with grace here on earth and heaven hereafter, He is enough.
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GRACE FROM IMMANUEL’S VEINS THAT FLOWS FROM HEAVEN’S THRONE TO US. THE WORLD CAN NOT GIVE US GRACE BUT KNOWING THAT IT IS NOT MADE BY MAN’S HANDS IS JOYOUS. WHAT GOD HAVE GIVEN US MAN CAN NOT TAKE. RESTING IN GRACE IS RESTING IN THE ARMS OF OUR FATHER AND BROTHER JESUS WHERE ALL THINGS COME FROM. GRACE!!! GRACE!!! GRACE!!!!
Amen, Amen, Amen Thanks for a wonderful comment Sandra- Blessings in Christ Darrell
Yes, we are called to be content in all things, except for knowing Him. Thanks.
Amen Larry -Great Point 🙂 Blessings Darrell
Amen, Jesus is enough. His grace is sufficient for us.
That it is and I am eternally grateful 🙂 Thanks for sharing – Blessings Darrell
So very true, Darrell. A question I pose to myself often, ‘Is His grace enough?’ Blessings!
It is, it is Praise God it is 🙂
Praise the Lord He is all we need. His grace is sufficient for us -thanks for this beautiful reminder Darrell And yet as I awaken to a new day in Singapore and after reading this blog, the Lord reminds me that the satisfaction we have received must prompt us to be dissatisfied with the borders of His kingdom today and He wants to extend the borders of His kingdom. He wants us to share our satisfaction with the rest of the world. May we be content with Him and be discontented with the borders of His kingdom as it exists now. May we go out and extend the borders of His tent. Amen. I want tio share this contentment I have with the faithful including those on ChristianBlessings and beyond, Darrell. Thank you for being a blessing to us. Praise the Lord.
Thank you Evelyn- I am so happy to have you as a spiritual partner in sharing God’s grace with me- Blessed and thankful Darrell
Is Jesus enough?
Ask Peter and John as they were on the way to the temple to pray and met the lame beggar. He wanted money, instead they told him, “silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”
Ask Stephen who said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,” as he was stoned to death.
Ask Paul as he received all that came to him, “preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things concerning The Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence.”
Darrell, another great and provocative post!
Thanks Nin – Jesus is all we need indeed 🙂 Thanks for sharing- In Christ – Darrell
How glad and relieved am i that i am a redeemed of the LORD. Thank You LORD JESUS.
Blessings to you and Gracie Darrell!
Thank you so much Belinda Blessings to you the name of the Lord Darrell 🙂
I am HIS…what more could I want or need? Yet when I neglect my relationship with God, the world starts to entice me to want more. Jesus was clear, we must watch and pray because the spirit is willing but our flesh is so weak. It takes daily commitment.
I apologize for not responding to this comment earlier as it was in my spam folder for some reason. I read Wisdom of a Fool at http://tcavey.blogspot.com/. Thank you for sharing – Blessings Darrell
Hi Darrell, thank you, it’s good to remember that God knows when we will be Born and when we will die it was written in the Book of life before we were conceived and it is very True that whatever the world afflicts us with, we are to be thankful that we do not bear it alone, that God is always with us (see below) and so we can give thanks as you said, for His Love and mercy and that He strenghtens us so we can endure and how wonderful that He works all things for good in our lives and for this we rejoice.
Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
So very True Darrell,what you said about not seeking wordly riches and fame and it is confirmed in the Scriptures too….
Mark 8:35-37 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne.
Wow..Powerful stuff Anne 🙂 Thanks so much. I love the truth of the Word – Blessings Darrell
Thanks for your words. As I read I realized that when we become secure in Whose we are, what we have becomes less of an issue. There isn’t a desire to acquire more and more stuff in an effort to show that we are “important” or “valuable.” Hmm. Hadn’t considered that before!
I’m looking forward to reading more.
Thank you Tami – I enjoyed John 3:16 reading Da Jesus Book at http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/. Stuff is just stuff, Jesus is everything 🙂 Blessings Darrell