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I have learned to be content.

Posted by appolus on May 29, 2016

Phil 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Paul is a great example to us when he tells us that he had “learned” to be content. There is no magic wand to arrive at this position. We must “learn” And we learn by walking through the fires and the floods. Giving ourselves over and surrendering in every situation so that we can find the freedom that is found in the darkness. What do I mean by that? Well the greatest freedom ever wrought was formed and delivered to us from Calvary. It is on the tree that Jesus set us free from the laws of sin a death. Gethsemane, Calvary, the cross, the resurrection, this is the path. There has to be a willingness to take up our crosses and die. I do not believe it is every forced upon us. Well I remember the day in 1995, four years after I came to Jesus, that I cried out to my heavenly Father” whatever it takes Lord for me to be useful to you.” One of those prayers that you know that you know that has been heard before the throne.

The next 20 years there was one trial after another. The kind of trials that make you fall to your knees. Over and over again. Yet, I began to discover deep truths in these trials. After so many of them it occurred to me how faithful God was to me in the midst of them. How He was always there. How disappointed I was by my lack of total trust in Him a I walked through them. How I was determined in my spirit to walk through the next one, which I knew that was coming, with more faith and trust in the faithfulness of God. I discovered that this journey was a journey not about my own faith but about discovering just how faithful the Lord was to me. It was all about His faithfulness!! And the light bulb began to come on. I was “learning.”

7 Responses to “I have learned to be content.”

  1. Prayergate said

    The Word of God never changes, but our personal journey through the living depths of that Word continually changes us from “glory to glory”. Blessed be the name of the Lord for His loving faithfulness towards us. Simply incredible!

  2. This reminded me of the christian classic “Hinds Feet In High Places” and my own personal experiences in the Lord. It is wonderful and incredible to see His faithfulness – through all the trials, that is what is left. His faithfulness.

  3. Barbara said

    We humans are so prone to thinking this journey is “all about me and where He is taking me”, when in reality it is just as you have said….it is all about discovering the faithfulness of our God, learned through many trials of affliction.

    • appolus said

      Yes sister, a discovery not of self but of the depths of the heart of the Father of lights. And of course in this light we can see who we are and could cry out like the prophet ” woe is me.” Yet we have something far greater than a coal from the fire to cleanse us from that, we have the Blood of the Lord Jesus therefore we can cry out ” Abba Father,” send me………..bro Frank

  4. David C Brown said

    Still learning!
    2 Corinthians 12:9: “And he said to me, My grace suffices thee; for [my] power is perfected in weakness”.

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