Being Content No Matter What: Sunday’s Sermon Summary from Philippians 4:10-13

Sunday, May 31, 2015 Sermon Summary
Being Content No Matter What – Philippians 4:10-13
Pastor George Tallmage
North Aiken Church of God

 

When you hear the word of God, when you receive the Word of God, when God speaks to us through his word, he doesn’t want us to keep it to ourselves. He allows us to grow in order that we may be a conduit to help someone else grow.

The phrase, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength is inappropriately applied when we say it in order to further praise ourselves for our own accomplishments. The depths of Paul’s words are much deeper. God’s desire (for us as believers) is to learn to walk (in spite of the chaos, problems, and issues in our life) with complete contentment in Jesus Christ. Discontentment with the outcome of life has caused many people to make drastic life changing decisions. When the going gets tough most often we look for a way of escape. Christ has not called us to escape he has called us to draw closer to him.

Contentment is more than just looking for the positive in the bad. Sometimes life is just too bad to find any good. It’s when life is too bad to find any good that we can rest in the knowledge that God is good. Contentment in Christ doesn’t mean we are dismissed from life’s problems. But, in the middle of life’s problems we have a comfort and hope in Christ. Contentment is resting in the truth that we have a good God in spite of the bad things going on in our life. In the middle of my problems it’s not about me finding the positive in the bad, it’s about me finding a good God in spite of what I’m facing.

Contentment isn’t something we simply walk into or that is passed on to us. Contentment is a learned trait. We “learn” to be content. Paul would say, “no matter what situation you find yourself in learn to be content. Contentment is developing a godly outlook not necessarily a positive outlook. It’s not about what I can do; it’s about what Christ can give you the power to overcome.

Further, contentment is more than just living; its living the life God has planned for us in Christ. We cannot find lasting contentment in temporal things. Temporal things produce temporary contentment. Eternal things produce eternal contentment.

In Conclusion, being content in this life; starts by making the right life changing decision, a life changing decision with eternal impact. It’s the decision to follow Christ. We can only live the life God has planned for us in Christ. We can only learn true contentment by following Christ.

 

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Contemplating the Last Week

Today’s photo of the day is once again of my youngest son, Connor. Today he is a week old. I captured this photo a few days ago and thought I would share. Considering his posture, it made me think the following, “Each day we should make time for quiet reflection.”

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Today’s picture of the day features my 4 day old, Connor. My Sunday afternoon consisted of his routine; Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

  

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, the future worth living for. (Author Unknown)

Celebrating Our 8 Year Old

Today is a special day. Peyton turns 8. The past 8 years have flown by. The following are a few things that describes Peyton. First he is thorough. He takes pride in his work and wants it done correctly. He pays attention to detail and likes routine. He’s systemic. He has a soft spirit that displays compassion. He’s loving. Who does he love more? Mommy and Daddy!

Here’s a few pics.

The first picture is his bike. He wanted a trick bike, one with the pegs. He was surprised when he saw it. The next picture is the cake Chanelle baked for him. He wanted a Carolina Jersey.

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If you’re family, friends, or a part of Peyton’s life in any capacity; what are a few things that you could say that would describe Him?

We All Experience Pain

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There’s something to be said for pain. Some would say, “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” I’m not so sold on that. Don’t get me wrong I understand the sentiment.

In a few days I’m hoping to begin the process if getting relief from years worth of teeth issues. The past week and a half have been painful to say the least. If you’ve ever had pain due to teeth problems you know the excruciating pain of not being able to get comfortable due to the throbbing and sharp knife like stabs that seem to puncture deep into your gum line. What do my teeth issues have with this post? It’s simple really. No matter the pain that we endure whether physical, mental, relational, insert your pain here ___________, one thing is certain.

Pain keeps us from rest. Rest keeps us refreshed. Exhaustion keeps us from accomplishing our purpose.

We don’t rest from a days work/activities, we rest in preparation for the next day.

Two days of my thanksgiving break last week was spent in and out of the bed away from family trying to get comfortable. The pain was so unbearable it made me edgy. I thought if I could just go to sleep I could get some relief. It didn’t work. Since last week my sleep is often interrupted by being up for a few hours each night trying to find relief. The pain is too intense to even sleep. Sleep is Gods design for us to rest. If my pain is keeping me from sleep than my pain is keeping me from rest. We don’t rest from a days work/activities, we rest in preparation for the next day. If our pain is keeping us awake tonight then our pain is standing in the way of our refreshing for tomorrow.

It’s hard to function in a weary state. Rest is important because it offers refreshing.

My days the past few weeks have not been refreshed because I have not gotten rest. Honestly if you followed me step for step you would probably classify me as lazy. In truth the pain is making it difficult to perform even the simple tasks. It’s hard to function in a weary state. Rest is important because it offers refreshing. Refreshing only comes from rest. God designed rest, daily, weekly, and yearly, in order for refreshing.

We must come to a point where the pain gets so unbearable that we stop making excuses, stop trying to relieve the pain ourself, and we get the issue fixed.

If we aren’t accomplishing our designed purpose we aren’t living on purpose. We are just existing taking up space. That’s what I feel like I have been doing, simply taking up space the past few weeks. Maybe you feel the same. Maybe the pain of whatever you’re facing is has left you drained and dry. You aren’t refreshed. Maybe your just existing and not living on purpose. What’s the anecdote? We must come to a point where the pain gets so unbearable that we stop making excuses, stop trying to relieve the pain ourself, and we get the issue fixed. The truth is that we become comfortable in our pain and make excuses for permanent relief. However a point comes when we’ve masked the pain for so long that we go to extreme measures for relief. Instead of getting the right kind of help we take matters into our own hands and cause more damage.

Many times we settle on extreme measures of trying to fix our pain ourself instead of seeking out those who can help us and bring healing.

My pain has been so extreme I have literally looked up info and thought I can take my tooth out myself. I could save some money and the pain of the extraction would be no where near the constant pain I’m currently in. I’ve stopped that silly notion with the risks of what could happen and have settled on going to someone who is experienced and can provide permanent relief. How many times have we settled for extreme measures of trying to fix our pain ourself instead of seeking out those who can help us and bring healing? Here’s my point…

Pain will keep us from rest.

Rest will keep us refreshed.

Exhaustion will keep us from accomplishing our purpose.

Don’t simply settle to live with the pain. Doing so will affect not only you but also those around you.

Public Virtue is a Reflection of Private Virtue

The following is a snippet from sermon that I found very insightful. By permission, I shared the sermon at the Church I Pastor. This was one of the statements that stood out the most.

Our [American] government was established on Christian principles and will only be successful if we are a virtuous people. The way we’re set up is that our leaders are a reflection of our people. If we have immoral, godless leaders, it’s because we have an immoral and ungodly society. We can’t have public virtue in the nation if we don’t have private virtue in the home.

• Virtuous homes make for virtuous families.
• Virtuous families make for virtuous churches.
• Virtuous churches make for virtuous cities.
• Virtuous cities make for virtuous states.
• Virtuous states make for virtuous nations.

Before we blame the White House [State House, County Council, City Hall] for not being virtuous, we must first look at our [own] house

Mike Deguzman
Sermon, Where’s God, There’s God, 2014
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Psalm 33:12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”

Deut. 6:4-9
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”