Are You Content?
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Are you content? Contentment means in a state of peaceful happiness. It means to be satisfied, gratified and fulfilled. It means to be at ease, at peace, tranquil and serene.
Men and women by nature are not content! Paul tells us in Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation (your way of life) be without covetousness. This is why men and women are not content. They always covet something more, something bigger and better. But Paul tells us by inspiration of the Holy Spirit to be content with the things that we have.
For whether those things are great or small, positions of high or low degree the children of the living God have God’s promise that He will never leave them or forsake them. Now if we can truly believe that then we should be very content, satisfied, gratified and fulfilled knowing that we have Christ who promises to always be with us.
It is good to be content with what you have, but never with what you are. The best thing that we can do for ourselves as believers is to endeavor to be content with the portion God has given us. Living in contentment is a wonderful place to dwell knowing that our God does all things well and always gives us exactly what we need. Lord, teach us to be content!
Pastor David Eddmenson
Past experience is like the old manna; it breeds worms and stinks if it be relied upon. The moment a man begins to pride himself on the grace he used to have six years ago you may depend upon it he has very little now.
A Real Christian
A Real Christian in the apostle Paul’s account, is a new creature. He is God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. And Jesus tells you how dead souls are quickened. Mark His words: they come with a double seal, to show their weight and certainty: “verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” John 5:25 Jesus is not speaking of the body’s resurrection at the judgment day, but of a resurrection that now is and is coming every day; a resurrection of dead souls to life, not a merely moral, but a spiritual life; and a resurrection not by us, but by Himself, even by His voice. He has many voices to call the dead by: the voice of His Word, of His servants, of His providences: but all these avail nothing without the voice of His Spirit. His Word is but a dead letter without the quickening Spirit; His servants are but as barking dogs, who growl yet cannot bite unless He sets them on; and His providences are but as clasps of thunder, alarming for a time, yet quickly over, except He rides Himself upon the storm. When He takes the work into His own hand, and the voice of His Spirit accompanies the voice of His Word, or His servants, or His providences, then a sinner hears, and starts from his grace like Lazarus, and lives. And having thus received life, he feels his condemnation and his ruined nature, and crieth after Jesus. When the world was brought into this ruined state by sin, man could do nothing more to help himself than fallen angels could; and must everlastingly perish unless the Lord prevent it. He does, and provides another covenant; the stores of which are not laid up in Adam as before, nor in his ruined children. God does not choose to trust a bankrupt. If a man could not stand upright when set upon his legs, how shall we stand when he has none? Therefore help is now laid upon One that is mighty, and able to save unto the uttermost. And the Saviour thus bespeaks the ruined sinner: “Thou hast destroyed thyself; but in Me is thy help.”
—By John Berridge 1716-1793
Salvation by Free Grace
The longer I live, the more I feel that if there was one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I see and feel now that if one hair breath is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a plea before God, I am undone forever and ever.
“Dost Thou believe on the Son of God”
Art thou a professor of religion? Dost thou believe on the Son of God? “Why should you address the inquiry to me? Had not the church been satisfied with my character, and deemed me a believer, they would not have admitted me to their communion.” But they might have been mistaken. They could only judge from outward appearance; and it became them to be candid. There is no certainty from this quarter.”But if I had not hoped that I was a real believer in Jesus, I should not have proposed myself as a member of a Christian church, and have come to the Lord’s Table, where I should have eaten and drunken unworthily. Why, then, do you suspect me?” My friend, I do not suspect you; but I love you – and love, though not suspicious, is cautious. As mistakes are possible, and common, it cannot be improper for you to examine yourself, and prove whether you are in the faith. If the house be built on the sand, it is well to know it before the storm comes. But if it be built on the rock, the discovery will yield fresh satisfaction, and you will be encouraged to say “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.”
Art thou a real Christian? Dost thou believe on the Son of God? I know that thou believest.” Yet, pride blends with the humility of the most humble, and impatience with the resignation of the most patient. When our Savior had expressed himself more fully and clearly, his disciples exclaimed, “Now we are sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee; by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do you believe?” You think so: but imagination is not reality. I know you better than you know yourselves. And you yourselves, in a little time, will see that you have much less faith than you now profess. “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” And, all may cry out, with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
—William Jay 1769 – 1853
God never clothes men until He has first stripped them, nor does He quicken them by the gospel till first they are slain by the law.
— Charles Spurgeon