Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Doctrine of Contenetment. Part 4. Contentment related to lifestyle and the spiritual life.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
PHI 4:11 Not because I am speaking with reference to poverty or lack; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
The Doctrine of Contentment.
Point 1. Definition.
Point 2. Godliness or Living the Spiritual Life That God Has Provided is a Means of Great Profit When Accompanied by Contentment.
Point 3. The Challenge to Contentment is Boredom.
Point 4. Contentment is Related to Lifestyle, HEB 13:5.
HEB 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness;
“Love for money” – NAS and “covetousness” – KJV = aphilarguros.
Arguros = money!
Phileo = to love.
Negative “a” = “do not.”
Lifestyle – tropos = your lifestyle or character, not conversation!
When money becomes your master, you become a pitiful slave to money.
The objective is to have money as your slave and perfect happiness as your master.
If you are content with what you have, you have perfect happiness in spiritual autonomy, the second stage of spiritual growth.
This promise assures you of both temporal and eternal security.
There is a great deal of difference between enjoying money and loving money.
If you love money then you are the slave.
If you have capacity for life and contentment you will enjoy money; then you are the master and money is the slave.
You can be a wonderful person and over-night, you can become a slobbering, slithering, evil person – because you’ll do anything for money or someone who has your price.
Point 5. Contentment is the Result of Spiritual Maturity, PHI 4:11-13.
You still have the Lord and you still have the doctrine in the soul and the doctrine in the soul gives you capacity for life.
Once you reach spiritual maturity, you have an entirely new and refreshing system of thinking, and you never think in terms of needs.
Once you reach spiritual adulthood, needs become inconsequential, so you do not have to spend time thinking about them.
Your needs are not nearly as important once you reach spiritual adulthood, resulting in an improved prayer life that does not include all your needs.
Contentment and happiness is something you learn, not something you have, want, or anticipate.
To learn to be content takes a lot of doctrine repeated, knowledge about the uniqueness of the Church-age and all the mystery doctrine resulting in understanding your personal sense of destiny.
One of the greatest signs of prosperity is maximum use of perfect happiness and true contentment.
Humiliation is associated with arrogance; being humbled is associated with spiritual growth and understanding God’s grace.
What we cannot learn from Bible doctrine, we must learn from adversity and undeserved suffering.
PRO 16:18 First pride, then the crash – the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
PRO 29:23 Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors.
PRO 13:10 Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord,
It is difficult for prosperity to successfully work in anyone simply because of arrogance.
1CO 4:7 What are you so puffed up about? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why act as though you are so great, and as though you have accomplished something on your own?
To be initiated = to learn the secrets of the fraternity and to endure the testings of the fraternity.
“How to be prosperous and how to suffer need” – both categories are necessary for the advance to spiritual maturity and the fulfillment of the spiritual life that God has provided.
“I have the power” = the availability of divine omnipotence for the execution of the spiritual life that God has provided for the Church-age believer.
Whether you are strong or not depends on you learning that God’s power exists in three categories (omnipotence of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit) and is available to you, and then utilizing it through the perception of doctrine.
Perfect happiness and true contentment actually equates living with dying for the believer.
PHI 1:21 “For me, living is Christ and dying is profit.”
“All things” = the three stages of spiritual adulthood, the problem-solving devices, and the tremendous invisible impact on history.
The source of this power is the Father – “through Him” – the preposition en + instrumental of agency expresses personal agency.
Endunamoo = “through Him who makes me strong,” or “through Him who pours the power into me.”