Contentment For All Circumstances by Donald Cantrell

Contentment For All Circumstances
Donald Cantrell
Philippians 4:11

(Phl 4:11 KJV)
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.

I - Peace that Paul Portrayed (11)
''Crafting of one's Contentment - Process''

A) Harsh Life that he Lived
''Extreme Circumstances of Life''
B) Helpful Lessons that he Learned
''Evident Contentment of Life''
C) Healthy Liberty that he Lauded

1 - Liberty of ignoring ''the if's of life''
2 - Liberty of ignoring ''the why's of life''

II - Power that Paul Possessed (13)
''Acknowledging of one's Ability - Person''

A) Positive Statement
B) Powerful Source
C) Personal Strength

III - Promise that Paul Proclaimed (19)
''Providing of one's Possessions - Provision''

A) Reassuring Supply
B) Rich Supply

(Jhn 14:27 KJV)
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

(Phl 4:7 KJV)
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Introduction

Warren Wiersbe gave a wonderful story pertaining how some people are like thermometers and some are like thermostats.

The difference between the 2 is this, thermometers allow the environment to change it but the thermostat changes the environment that surrounds it.
In this sermon we will determine which of these depicts our Christian walk. Do we allow the situations of life to change us or do we stand firm in our trust and our faith?

Our sermon delves into 3 areas that should help make our faith stronger and give us a supreme assurance of peace and contentment.

Poem

As a rule, Man's a fool
when it's hot, He wants it cool.
And when it's cool, He wants it hot,
Always wanting What is not

Illustration

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out ...


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