Attitude of Gratitude

August 27th, 2015 by sandy

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.

A grateful heart is a must in the Kingdom of God. This is not something that comes naturally to most of us. Life is full of hardships and most of us like to complain. I don’t know why we are that way. It doesn’t change the situation and it doesn’t make us feel any better. But getting anxious and complaining seems to be the path that most of us take. We have to work at not going to that place. We have to make a decision to do what God tells us to do. Pray, not fret, give it to God and be thankful. Continue to make your wants know to God and He will give you His peace. He tells us to think on things that are worthy of praise.

We always have something to be grateful for because we have God in our lives. Our life and times are in God’s hands. Our lives are hid in Christ with God. We can be assured that God will work things together for good. He loves us with an unconditional love and nothing can separate us from His love. The Lord is our shepherd. He leads us and guides us and restores our souls. He renews our strength and lifts us up out of the pit. Our God is always faithful and is longing to have an unbroken companionship with us.

We have been called and justified. God knew us when we were in our mother’s womb. He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. He knew exactly what He was getting when He called us and yet He still wanted us and said we should be holy and without blame before him in love. He has adopted us into His own family. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ. In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He has made us acceptable. He has a plan for each of us and it is for good and not for evil. I think that is amazing love and something to rejoice about.

There is an alternative to having an attitude of gratitude and unfortunately many Christians take that path. It is not a pleasant path to go on at all. It is described in Proverbs 15:15 (Amplified Bible) “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings]”. Not a very pleasant picture. But in the same scripture it also describes the fruit of an attitude of gratitude. “But he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].”

Isaiah tells us of an expected outcome that we can look forward to seeing. It will give us cause to rejoice with a grateful heart that we are children of God.

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. Isaiah 41:10 (Amplified Bible)

Work Out Your Salvation in the Body of Christ.

August 11th, 2015 by sandy

The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. Romans 12:5-6a (MSG)

God has provided a way for His children to mature and grow in love. The scriptures tell us that we are one body in Christ and individually we are parts of one another, mutually dependent on one another. We grow in Christ as we work together and walk in love. This is God’s plan. There are no lone rangers in God’s Kingdom. We all need each other.

God has given all of his children gifts and talents. They all differ according to God’s plan. It is our responsibility to find out what our gifts and talents are and to use them to benefit the Body of Christ and spread the Gospel. God will show you what His plans are for you and it will always be confirmed by the pastors and elders of the body of Christ in which you are a member. God will give you opportunity to work out your salvation in His body.

Our love must be sincere and that is not an easy task but it is all part of working out our salvation. It helps to understand that love is not necessarily an emotion. Godly love is a decision. We will not always understand one another. We will not always agree with one another but we must always honor one another and live in harmony with each other. It is God’s command to love one another. The day is coming when we will be judged by that standard.

Making decisions to walk in love is a learning process that takes a lifetime. But, God has given us everything we need. It is not an impossible task. God never tells us to do something that He does not give us the ability to do it. He has given us His grace and His Holy Spirit to enable us to do His will. We need to stop choosing to live life our way and start choosing to live life God’s way. We must stop demanding our own way and start learning God’s ways and following them each day of our life here on earth. Paul tells us what to do in Romans 12:1-2 (Message Bible).

“Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Work Out Your Salvation With Fear and Trembling

August 3rd, 2015 by sandy

Work out your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling self-distrust, that is, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ. Not in your own strength, for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you– energizing and creating in you the power and desire–both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Phil 2:12b-13 Amplified Bible

The above scripture states that we are to work out our salvation. Just what does that mean? I thought our salvation was free, a gift from God, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. And that is true but that is only the beginning. Salvation is an on going process. It is a lot more than just dying and going to heaven. When we are born again a righteous seed is planted within us. Now, that righteous character of Christ must be worked out into our lives so that it becomes part of the way we live and think. Saved means to be made whole. God is in the business of making us pure and holy. We need to seek to know God and learn what righteous living is all about.

That word, seek, means to desire, inquire, and require. We must be serious about wanting to know God. 2 Peter 1:3 states that we have everything we need for life and godliness through the true knowledge of God. Everything comes through knowing Him. So if we are serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, we must act like it and pursue the things over which Christ presides and not just the things of this world. The things of this world will pass away but the things of Christ are eternal. Message Bible says “Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.”

So how do we go about working out our salvation? What is our part? We need to have a reverence and awe for God at all times. This includes the hatred of evil, pride, arrogance, and perverted speech. It includes a respect and awe for Godly counsel. An awesome regard for God’s knowledge, understanding, might and power. The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. God is the One who directs our steps and makes them sure. The reward for the reverent respect of the Lord is riches, honor and life (Proverbs 8:13-21).

Wise children of God will never put faith and trust in themselves. If we do not like or understand what God is doing in our lives there is only one attitude that we must have and that is — Our lives and our times are in God’s hands. God knows what He is doing and He is always right. We do not have to understand. We only have to trust. Pride and demanding our own way will cause destruction in our lives. Proverbs 26:12 states, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes and conceit? There is more hope for a self-confident fool than for him.” That is scary. We must let the Word of God change the way we think. God knows what is best for our lives. After all, He created us.

Remember that God is faithful to His Word and to His compassionate nature, and He can be trusted. God will do the work that needs to be done in our lives.

Work Out Your Salvation With Fear and Trembling

July 27th, 2015 by sandy

Work out your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling self-distrust, that is, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ. Not in your own strength, for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you– energizing and creating in you the power and desire–both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining against God and questioning and doubting among yourselves. Phil 2:12b-14 Amplified Bible

The above scripture states that we are to work out our salvation. Just what does that mean? I thought our salvation was free, a gift from God, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. And that is true. When we are born again a righteous seed is planted within us. (1 Peter 1:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21) but salvation doesn’t stop there. We have been saved, we will be saved, and we are being saved. It is an on going process.

God wants to save us completely. We are to grow in the character of our Lord. That righteous seed of Christ must be worked out into our lives so that it becomes part of the way we live each day. (Romans 8: 28-30) We must seek to know God and learn what righteous living is all about. (Matthew 6:33)

That word, seek, means to desire, inquire, and require. You must be serious about wanting to know God. 2 Peter 1:3 states that you have everything you need for life and godliness through the true knowledge of God. Everything comes through knowing Him. “So if we are serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, we must act like it and pursue the things over which Christ presides and not just the things of this world. The things of this world will pass away but the things of Christ are eternal “Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1-2 Message Bible

Who We Are In Christ Jesus!

July 24th, 2015 by sandy

But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:4-6

Our life is hid with Christ in God. Jesus said that He has given us the very glory that the Father gave Him so that we could all be perfected into one (John 17:22-23). How many times do we really stop and consider who we really are in Christ Jesus? 1 Corinthians 1:30 says that Jesus has been made unto us wisdom and righteousness. The righteousness of Jesus has been placed in our account. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are in right standing with God because of being in Jesus. That is why we can come boldly before the throne of grace to receive mercy to find grace to help in time of need.

What is this righteousness that has been gifted to us by our Heavenly Father? Strong’s Concordance tells us that righteousness is justification, innocence, holiness, and rightness. It is being equitable in character. I wasn’t sure what equitable in character meant so I looked that up and I was delighted to find out that it meant lawful and legitimate. We are legal, official, justified, excused, vindicated and acquitted. That’s who we are in Christ Jesus. We are legitimate, official sons of God, part of His family, beloved and always welcomed at the throne of Grace. The blood of Jesus was enough to pay the price for sin and set us free. The death and resurrection of Jesus gave a new life of righteousness and a great inheritance to all that will believe. The welcome mat is always out because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. God does not condemn those who are in Christ
John 5:24. “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.” (Amplified Bible)

We do not work to deserve this. The fact is we do not deserve this and never could no matter how hard we tried. Romans 4: 5-6 tells us “But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God). Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does:”(Amplified Bible)

This righteousness is imputed righteousness, a rightness that is gifted to us by God Himself. It is God’s righteousness. He gives us part of who He is. Then he tells us in His word to put on this breastplate of righteousness and never take it off. We must always remember who we are in Christ Jesus. Our life is hid with Christ in God. We are not illegitimate. We are lawful heirs of God, born anew by the Spirit of God unto good works. We are God’s workmanship in right standing with Him because it was His good pleasure to give us His righteousness.

It’s All About Relationship!

July 14th, 2015 by sandy

Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
Ephesians 1:4 (Amplified Bible)

From the very beginning and even before time existed God had a great desire to share Himself with others and have a loving relationship with them. Out of that great desire He created man. He created him perfect and for a period of time God and Adam walked together in perfect unity. They had a sweet fellowship that we can’t even imagine today. But sin came into the picture and that fellowship was broken. However, God’s desire for relationship has never changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

How can we describe our wonderful God who wants to have this relationship with us? Trying to describe Him is almost impossible. His greatness sets a standard that is so high we can not even begin to understand it without the help of the Holy Spirit. One word comes to my mind and that is perfection. He is absolutely perfect. He knows the beginning and the end. He even knows before time began and on into eternity. He is the all wise One, the all powerful One, full of grace and mercy. He is love. He is also light and life. There is no darkness or death in Him. He is eternal.

There is another side of God we need to consider. “He is the rock…all His ways are law and justice. A God of faithfulness without breach or deviation, just and right is He” (Deuteronomy 32:4 Amplified Bible).

Let’s take a quick look at what man is like since he fell from perfection. We can lump us all together and compared to God we are a mess. We are a mess even if we don’t compare us to God. Just look at us in general. Death reigns in man’s life. Man is full of fear, anger, resentment, lust, pride, and selfishness. He is untrustworthy and unfaithful. The Prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick.”(Jeremiah 17:9 Amplified Bible) The Prophet Isaiah said that man’s righteousness is like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) We can’t depend on ourselves to do what is right no matter how hard we try. Romans 3:23 says, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The Message Bible puts it this way: “We’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us.”

Man is full of sin and death and yet God still has this great desire to have a love relationship with His man. But how can this be possible? How can darkness fellowship with light? How can death fellowship with life? Sin has separated God from His beloved man. (Isaiah 59:1-2) But God had a plan! He had made provision for this dilemma before time began. God’s love provided us with a way back to God.

Since the wages of sin are death, there had to be a death to pay the price for sin. That is the spiritual law, that is justice and God is a God of justice and righteousness. So God Himself provided the perfect sacrifice.

Love and justice met on the cross. We were powerless to help ourselves but God proves His love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly.(Romans 5:8) And we are now justified by Christ’s blood and saved by Him from the wrath of God. We are saved, daily delivered from sin’s dominion through His resurrection life. Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ provided a bridge over the great gulf of separation between God and His man. For all who will believe and receive, our lives are hid in Christ with God. The relationship and fellowship with God is restored.

Christ Will Return

July 8th, 2015 by sandy

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

What a day that will be! What a great hope we have! The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, shouting! The voice of the archangel will shout! The trumpet of God will blast! Those who are dead shall rise and also those who are alive on earth shall be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And they will always be with the Lord.

There are many educated guesses on how this will happen. But this is the description that the Word gives us. The specifics and details are irrelevant speculation. The truth is that we can’t even imagine what this will look like. But we do know this: Jesus Christ will be glorified.2 Thessalonians 1:7 says He will be revealed with mighty angels and flaming fire. From the Word of God, we can get a glimpse of what He will look like. The apostle John saw Him in His Glory and describes it in Revelation 1:12-16 (NLT):

“I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a band of gold across His chest. His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And His eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in His right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from His mouth. And His face was like the sun in all its brilliance.”

The Old Testament prophet Habbakuk also describes our glorious God—close to 700 years before John wrote Revelation. We can read this in Habbakuk 3:3-4 (MSG):

“Skies are blazing with His splendor, His praises sounding through the earth, His cloud-brightness like dawn, exploding, spreading, forked-lightning shooting from His hand—what power hidden in that fist!”

What a great picture of an awesome God these Words represent! And Revelation 1:7 tells us that when He comes with the clouds, every eye will see Him. Is it any wonder that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord? What a wonderful future we have to look forward to. We can comfort and encourage each other with this hope.

Hold On To Hope

June 29th, 2015 by sandy

Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil. Hebrews 6:17-19

Hope is a spiritual tool we can use right now. We can hold onto the hope that He is with us, He knows us, and will meet us every day of our lives. The foundation of all hope is that God loves us with an unconditional love. He is all-powerful and has promised never to leave us. His grace will always be enough. We are never without hope. We may not grab onto it and believe it, we may think there is no hope, but that is a lie from the pit of Hell. We can always choose to hope.

We also have a hope that goes into the future. The Word of God tells us that it is a sure thing that Christ will return, and when He does return, He will bring everything unto Himself. All things will be made right. We have the hope of an eternally bright future because of Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5 (MSG) tells us that we also have the hope of salvation. Whether we are awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we are alive with Him. So we should speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope. For some unknown reason, we seem to have no trouble talking about our problems. We complain about the weather, work, lack of money, what someone did or didn’t do and anything else that we disapprove of or anything that offends us. But how often do we talk about our great hope of salvation? Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We need first of all to encourage ourselves in our great hope of salvation.

We who are in Christ Jesus are no longer slaves to death and darkness. We are children of light. We belong to the family of God. We have faith, love and hope of eternal wholeness. We have been bought by a great price, the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are alive in Him. We need to encourage each other with this truth, and build up hope in each other so that none of us will ever lay down our hope.

Keep your mind on the good, not the bad

June 24th, 2015 by sandy

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians. 4:8)

Part of the discipline of not worrying and doing things God’s way is to refuse to meditate and dwell upon the negative things that are worrying you. Instead, think on the things that are positive. There are much better things to think about! God says in His Word to focus our minds on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise (v8, NLT)—“the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (MSG). “Take account of all these things [fix your mind on them]” (AMP).

These are a very practical list of things to think about when our enemy comes and sends worry-thoughts flying through our head. We can keep those thoughts from nesting in our minds by setting our mind on things above and replacing those worry-thoughts with the great things God has done or can do. For instance, the worry-thought pops into your head that the rent is due, and right now you don’t have the money to pay for it. What are you going to do? Worry-thought says if you can’t pay your rent, you are going to be kicked out on the street and you won’t have a place to live. Put your mind on something true: God will supply all your needs, He is your source, He will make a way when there is no way, and He will show you what to do. Worry-thought says you have a serious illness, so you are probably going to suffer long and horribly and alone. You are in a hopeless, futile situation. Worry constantly calls to you to dwell on the sickness. That only causes you to be consumed by it. That worry-thought has to go! It has to be replaced by what is really true, by what is right and excellent: God’s grace is more than enough for me. My life and times are in His hands. He will walk me through this valley of the shadow of death. All things are possible through God and there is no such thing as a hopeless situation with Him.

We can kick worry-thoughts out of our minds and fix our thoughts on these Godly and good things, simply because, if you know Jesus, then you know that His Holy Spirit lives inside of you and the resurrection power of the risen Lord in you makes you able to say “NO” to sin and “NO” to worrying. If you know Jesus, then you can know that your God will supply all of your needs. You can become intimately acquainted with He who makes you able to do all things. You can stop worrying, start believing that He really cares for you, and start talking with your Father. This is the secret to no-worry living. This is the secret to being content. This is how to stay focused on the race. This is how we stay on the right track. This is the secret to true living.

Pray and Be At Peace

June 8th, 2015 by sandy

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Knowing you don’t have to worry is not enough to keep from worrying. But, when God tells you to do something He always makes a way for you to do it. This is how not to worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Give it to the Lord. Be thankful you are His child—you have Somebody to talk to Who can actually do something about what you were worrying about! You can go to Him and talk to Him about anything, anytime, anyplace, anyway, in any position. Prayer is not some religious ritual that has to be done in a church. It doesn’t have to be in a certain position, with hands folded or knees bent. It is not a chant or a magic string of words that will magically make something happen. It does not have to be done through someone else.

No, prayer is a part of a relationship between you and your Heavenly Father. It’s going to the Best Friend you ever had and telling Him your problems. You can talk to Him everyday all day long anywhere. You can pray when you are pushing a grocery cart down the aisle in a grocery store. You can pray when you are cutting the lawn. You can talk to God when you are taking out the trash. Talk to Him when you drive a car, when you wake up and when you fall asleep.

It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering matters of dramatic importance…this is a Father-child relationship where you can simply talk with your Dad. You can be that child and talk to Him about simple matters, like ‘What should I do next’ or what He thinks about something, or tell Him how incredible He is. You can thank Him that you’re His child and that you belong to Him. You can thank Him for what He’s done for you and for Who He is. You can just sing to Him—even if your voice sounds like a frog! It’s beautiful to Him… He likes to hear His children sing.

Our Heavenly Father is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He has given us the invitation to come boldly before the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). We can accept that invitation and pour out our hearts to Him over the things we are worrying about.

Tell God exactly how you feel about something or about something happening to you or what’s going on inside you. You can tell Him you want it to change. Don’t be afraid to say that you can’t understand why it is happening.  You can tell Him you don’t like something. You can be honest with God. Why not? He knows what you’re thinking anyhow! You can ask Him to take care of things. But always, always end it by saying “But Lord, I’m just going to trust You. I’m just going to trust You, regardless of how I feel.” Then leave it in His hands, and trust Him to take care of it. If it keeps coming back up in your mind, then you just keep talking to God about it, and keep thanking Him. Our circumstances may not change right away, but the answer will come in God’s way, and God’s timing.

This is the way King David prayed in the Psalms. He poured out his heart to God: help Lord, they are after me! Lord, they want to kill me! Do something! Please help! But he always ended his prayers by expressing his faith in his Lord’s ability and desire to take care of him…“but I have trusted in Thy loving-kindness, I shall rejoice in thy salvation, I will sing to the Lord” (Ps. 13).

God made us a promise in Philippians 4:6-7, NLT: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. The very practical result of ceasing worrying and praying about everything is peace. He gives us peace unlike the world’s peace, so therefore we don’t have to let our hearts be troubled or fearful (John 14:27). God’s peace is a peace where we rest in the assurance of our salvation, fear nothing from God and are content with our earthly lot regardless of our circumstances. And doing what Phil. 4:6-7 says to do, will have the same practical result—peace—every time, if we will diligently discipline ourselves to do what God told us to do: stop worrying and pray about everything.

Doing this will flood your soul with hope and peace. Think about it—His Word tells us He is the God of hope (Rom. 15:13) and the Author of peace (Heb. 13:20). Praying and believing that God hears you, and that He has the power, wisdom and goodness to do something about it, gives you great hope. That hope becomes a “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it” (Heb. 6:19 Amplified Bible). And the stability that comes from this hope brings peace to your soul. This peace will garrison and mount guard over your heart and mind.

We can escape our worldly fears and be content if we quit worrying and stop telling everybody our problems, and instead start talking to our Heavenly Father. That contentment increases as we hold on to these two unchangeable facts: that God will provide all of our needs, and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.