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June 14, 2015 - Contentment - Philippians 4:10-14

posted Jun 16, 2015, 1:58 PM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jun 16, 2015, 1:58 PM ]
Main Thought
Not every struggle will end. Some struggles are supposed to be endured and to transform us along the way.
  • Struggle has always been a part of human life.
  • We struggle not just with each other but with powers and principalities.  Our struggle is between good and evil.
  • The real battleground where this struggle takes place is within our own hearts.
  • Salvation means we are save not just from an eternity in hell and separation from God.  It also means that we are saved from ourselves.  And we are given the life of Jesus Christ.
  • To live as a Christian means that we take not only His salvation, but we also take on His struggles.
  • Our contentment is found in knowing that we have spent our years struggling for the right things.
  • If you are looking for a trouble-free life, Christianity isn’t the right religion for you.  It doesn’t take away struggle.  It focuses your struggle by claiming that there is a war out there between good and evil, and you have to decide which side you are on.  We are contented because our lives are focused around a great mission.
  • God isn’t easy on the people He uses.  That is because their lives were caught up in a great struggle.
  • Life is a struggle that can make you angry, mean, and cynical.  Or, it can make you tender, loving, and humble.  It is your choice, and you make it every day.
Pastor Jim Spon | Philippians 4:10-14