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4 Keys to
Contentment

Table of Contents
* God is in Control
* Being Content with Little
* Do not Heed the Circumstances
* Draw Strength from God
* Looking out for others

God is in Control

Php 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly

Pr 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Joseph and his brothers

Ge 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

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Being Content with Little

Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Learn to differentiate between necessities and desires

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Do not Heed the Circumstances

Php 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

2Co 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

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Draw Strength from God

Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

It may take time

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It will be alright later

I Thes 4:13-16

God's Grace is sufficient

2 Cor 12:7-10

God will see you through

Eph 3:13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

God will see you through
with Victory
with Strength
with more than you can imagine

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Looking out for others

Php 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Putting others first, always pays.

Pr 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again

Pr 22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Pr 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Lu 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

2Co 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

James Leinneweber, Pastor
Heritage Baptist Church
Bulverde, TX

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