Contentment in Life by Rodney Howard Browne

Some lessons in Scripture are completed instantly. As an example, after we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior, our deliverance is accomplished.

Though we might need guarantee sometimes, the problem is settled forever. At other times, a lesson must be learned continually. Just when we think we have it down, something comes along to check our understanding. One of those lessons involves being content in all circumstances. To experience happiness is to be free from worry and disappointment about unsatisfied wishes in our life.

When we look closely at Paul’s words in Philippians, we recognize 2 critical guidelines. First, happiness is not ruled by circumstances. If it were, we’d have huge issues. We can’t flip a switch and make everything right at our workplace, in our home, among our kids, or in eventualities which we will not control. But the majority are discontent because they don’t understand this principle.

Paul’s secret may also be ours : “And the peace of God, which exceeds all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” ( Philippians 4:7 ). The second principle is that our inner self, or angle, is what manages happiness. Paul failed to have a “roller coaster faith” that went up and down ; instead, he had a calm confidence that no-one could thieve something he possessed on the inside – his relationship with God was his source of satisfaction. We all experience stress, but when we reply with religion and prayerfully cast cares on Him ( one Peter 5:7 ) our sense of happiness can’t be thieved.

The Emotion of Displeasure by Rodney Howard Browne

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Have you been envious of somebody else’s success? Perhaps your neighbor brought home a mint vehicle this week, or maybe somebody at work just got the promotion you desired. When eventualities like these stir up inexplicable reactions inside us, we just might have an issue.

Envy is the emotion of displeasure on seeing some other person’s good fortune. Are your sentiments always the clearest indicator of truth? Most frequently, the answer’s no. In fact, Scripture announces that our hearts are “deceitful” ( Jeremiah 17:9 ). We must instead concentrate on what we are true: God’s Word.

Let me ask you a query : what pleases you? Does your joy rely on possessions and accolades, or do you draw your pleasure from the Lord? If your pleasure is in “things,” then you should expect a tussle with envy at any moment. In our proud spirit, we believe that we have entitlement to somebody else’s blessings. In a way, we are pronouncing, “God, You gave this thing to that person, but you must have given it to me. You were wrong.” We may not say it so really, but our actions could be talking louder than our words. When you’re feeling the beginnings of an envious angle, ask God to refocus your attention from “things” back onto Him.

Have you been envious of somebody else’s success? Maybe your neighbor brought home a mint auto this week, or perhaps someone at work just got the promotion you desired. When situations like these stir up inexplicable reactions inside us, we just might have an argument. Envy is the emotion of displeasure on seeing someone else’s good fortune.

Are your affections always the clearest indicator of truth? Most often, the answer’s no.
Truthfully , Scripture asserts that our hearts are “deceitful” ( Jeremiah 17:9 ). We must instead focus on what we are true: God’s Word. Let me ask you a question : what pleases you? Does your joy depend on possessions and accolades, or do you draw your pleasure from the Lord? If your pleasure is present in “things,” then you can expect a tussle with envy at any moment.

In our proud spirit, we believe that we have entitlement to someone else’s blessings. In a way, we are announcing, “God, You gave this thing to that person, but you must have given it to me. You were wrong.” We may not say it so truly, but our actions may be chatting louder than our words. When you’re feeling the beginnings of an envious angle, ask God to refocus your attention from “things” back onto Him.