02 Nov Philippians 4:10-20

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.

15 You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. 18 But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

In our devotional thoughts yesterday, we touched briefly on the secret of contentment. The contented Christian will change the situation around him, rather than have a bunch of spiritual ups and downs depending on his circumstances. According to Phil. 4, there are three resources that give us contentment. 1.) The Providence of God. When the Apostle Paul was in need, God used the Philippian church to help. At first, they were concerned but lacked opportunity. I find that most Christians today have opportunities, but lack concern. Do you believe that life for you is not a series of accidents, but one of appointments? 2.) The Power of God. Paul rejoiced because his joy did not come from poverty nor prosperity. As a matter of fact, prosperity has done more damage to believers than adversity. The power of Christ is our source of spiritual contentment. 3.) The Promise of God. The Philippians invested again and again in Paul’s ministry, and that would pay spiritual dividends. Give materially, receive spiritually. Because they met Paul’s needs, God would meet all their needs and He will do the same for you. When we give out of our poverty, God will supply our needs out of His riches in glory.