Well, I’m curious what your stories are (for those who heard message on Sunday) regarding contentment and your battle for it. I’m not looking for sermon review, rather your response to the truth proclaimed. So, as you’re comfortable share a brief (or not so brief) bit of your own battles and victories.
I do want to remind all of us (I’ve told you a struggle with being content) that the real progress is godliness WITH contentment. Sanctification is the process of being made more into the likeness of Christ. Sanctification certainly includes sinning less, and in this case being satisfied with having less, but that must be in concert with being satisfied with Christ MORE.
We tend to know our pet sins, those besetting type of sins that make you so angry at yourself. What we forget is how utterly deceitful the heart is. Even in our realization of our seemingly greatest sin battles, there is an inherent pride – we think we’ve got it figured out, so that’s what we attack. Our essential problem is idolatry and the pride that accompanies it. We saw this in Jeremiah 2 & 17 a few weeks ago.
So, in your ongoing battle this week be sure to go hard after godliness and satisfaction in the “fountain of living water” Jesus Christ. As you do so, your sin will become “in the way” of your real desire and passion – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While you battle, fuel your love for Him. Catch up on that yearly reading. Pray like you mean it, holding nothing back. Renew your spiritual vows to your spouses, guarding the marriage bed in every way and praying alongside that most blessed sanctifying agent! Resurrect family worship – the simplicity of read, pray, and sing. And do not forsake assembling with the saints, the local body of believers, for it will guard your soul as you pursue Him.