Battle for ContentmentJun 28, 2023
The struggle for contentment is real!
Most women tell me that contentment or finding peace in the day is the number one battle and it's incredibly challenging to possess.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11 NIV
The enemy wants to steal and destroy our peace, joy, and contentment we gain and it's done with distracting us from God's plan for the day.
It’s truly a battle, a war, and we MUST be firmly planted and grounded to win the battle of contentment.
Are you like me? I work hard to stay in rest and satifaction in my mind, being grateful for all God has given me each day. One day of contentment leads to the next and then I slip into a ease and I slack in the war plan to keep my ground - I skip my quiet time, I swipe over the inspirational post, I don't sit down to rest when the nudge comes......
Then I get tripped up. I feel like I fall flat on my face and the peace is gone, the thankfulness turns to critical judgement, and I begin to complain. My eyes are facing downward and I only see the grind of the day and have forgot the glory of God living in me. Geez.
Contentment is a novel idea in our complicated world where nothing holds our minds attention. Most of us are easily distracted by the zoom, flash, and buzz of whatever is in front of us. There is no promotion of peace in the marketing world, oh no, that doesn’t sell as much. Peace is gone. Long gone. It’s like trying to find a diamond in a stack of hay. Good luck!
BUT, with God we can do ALL things when we come to Him in prayer seeking what He wants for our lives – contentment.
Contentment as defined in the dictionary is:
- Resting of the mind.
- Satisfaction which holds the mind in peace.
- Feeling of satisfaction with one’s situation.
- Having a mind of peace.
Contentment is a quality we'll strive for until we reach heaven’s gates. I don’t believe we will ever be TOTALLY satisfied because God wants us to come to Him, to seek Him in the morning giving our requests (prayer) so He can hear our voices and build a solid relationship with us.
We will get glimpses of peace and satisfaction along our journey, and they may even last for long periods of time. Learning to understand these times are from God is a key because then we can enjoy them for a minute or two, maybe even longer.
When we look at striving for contentment it can be compared to a battle. There will be times to gain a foothold and celebrate the win when we’ve been able to rest; by enjoying a good book and a great cup of coffee with a friend. We will feel the satisfaction in our mind and body. Then there will be days when the battle rages and the enemy is attacking from all sides as we feel him stocking us and sense he's just around the corner ready to pounce.
As the battle intensifies with opposition from all sides we must remember what we are made of; God within us, the hope and glory.
We MUST shake off the fear and reposition ourselves in a battle stance to fight.
We fight back by holding up our shield of faith with our sword of the Word close by.
We solidly plant ourselves with the boots of peace and tighten our belt of truth.
We take our stand with God as He covers us with the breast plate and robe of righteousness along with the helmet of salvation.
We are fully dressed and ready for war!
The battle can be won as we keep our eyes on the goal - to have peace, satisfaction, and contentment with God by our side as we live in this imperfect world until we meet Him face-to-face.
Go out and fight the battle for contentment.
How do you fight to keep your contentment and peace?
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Prayer: Father God we come to you and ask for your daily leading in our battle to fight for contentment. We pray for the wisdom to know when we need to rest to gain quietness that helps us still ourselves in this fast-paced world. Please help us enjoy the peace and contentment when we receive it, and to thank you for it. We love you and thank you for all the blessings you have poured upon us. In Jesus name. Amen
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