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March 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

We need to realize that God’s provision in all areas of our lives is enough! 


What are you afraid of? Do you struggle with trusting God to meet your needs? The fear of not having what we need is one of the strongest and most persistent fears people experience. We’re constantly attacked with this fear whether it’s finances, relationships, or the ability to do what God has called us to do. God tells us not to fear, more than any other command in Scripture. God never promises us a trouble-free life, but He does promise us His presence and strength to get us through our troubles. We need to realize that God’s provision in all areas of our lives is enough.

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

The definition of contentment is a state of being happy and satisfied. So what’s the secret that Paul learned that would allow him to be content in any circumstance? I mean, for me, being content is a daily battle, sometimes an hourly battle. There are times I struggle with self esteem and I can barely stand to look in the mirror. Some days I get mad and wish I had more money to buy things I want and things I believe my family needs. At times I’m envious of the gifts that others have and I get frustrated with the way God has gifted me. So, how do I battle to stay content? After giving this question some thought, I’m pretty sure I have the answer. I need to maintain an attitude of gratitude. That may not be exactly what Paul was thinking when he wrote what he wrote. But for me, I need an attitude adjustment in order to find contentment in my life. Usually in my case that comes as a reality check.

On days when I wish I my body looked different, I remember the ones I visited in the hospital, the ones who were so sick and frail, that they would trade their whole life for one day in my body. On days when I wish I had more money, I stop and realize that my family and I have a home, clothes and food to eat. I remember the devastation I have seen with my own eyes, as all over our world everyday many would love to have the “little” that we have. On days when I wish I had someone else’s gifts, I remember that these gifts have allowed me to see countless people give their lives to Christ as their savior, and there are people who have never witnessed that.

Is there a particular area of your life where you don’t feel grateful? What is it that you think would help you be more grateful? Has God already provided it? Today, you have a decision to make and I do, too. We can choose either to be content and grateful or we can choose not to. We can let fear win or God win in our lives.

This is my Prayer: God give me an attitude of gratitude. Lord remind me every day and help me to see just how much I am blessed. Show me how you can be a blessing to someone else. Jesus teach me fight the fear of not having what I need, with the knowledge of what You have truly given me. Lord no matter what I’m going through or what’s around the corner prepare me to follow You and trust in Your provision for my life. In Jesus name, Amen.


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