Scripture reading for June 4th: Philippians 4
Key Scriptures: Philippians 4:10-13 “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.”
Paul was in jail in Rome and had to supply his own needs through the generosity of his friends and the church. The Philippians had sent an offering that helped him and he explained to them how he rejoiced in the gifts and in the fruit that they would enjoy from giving. For his own needs, he explained that he had learned how to be content with God’s provision. Sometimes he was in want and sometimes he had abundance. But in every situation, he knew that he could do all things needed through Christ Jesus Who alone gave him his strength and supplied his needs.
Philippians 4:18 “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Ephaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, continue to help me learn how to be content with You as the source of all my wants and needs. Help me to be generous with God’s ministers who are in need, giving as You direct and pleasing You, trusting You to supply all my needs!
Philippians 4:29-30 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Scripture reading for October 1st: 1 Timothy 6, Psalm 46, Proverbs 11
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
Paul encouraged his son in the faith to continue to be godly and learn contentment. The pull of our world toward riches and fame is strong. When the desire to become rich in this world replaces the desire to be rich in our relationship with God, nothing but ruin and destruction can follow. We will take no riches of this world into the next. If we lose our soul for earthly gain, we have lost everything.
Faith Confession: I choose to be a godly man and live in contentment with God’s provision for me in this world. I am thankful for daily food and clothing and a place to stay. Lord, deliver me from the trap of seeking earthly riches and fame.
Proverbs 11:4-5 “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.”
Scripture reading for March 23rd: 1st Samuel 29-31, 2nd Samuel 1
Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 30:6-8 “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me an ephod. Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” He answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
David and his men returned to their encampment to find their women and children gone and their goods plundered. The men were bitter and blamed David. David turned to the Lord for strength and directions. God assured him of victory and restoration of all that was lost!
Thankful for strength from God: God gives strength to His people through His Word and promises! “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
Scripture reading for September 6th: Philippians 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Philippians 4:11-13 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed of hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Paul was in jail in Rome and had to depend on the churches he had founded for his support. In reality, Paul knew it was Christ who provided for his needs and the needs of the church! But sometimes, he was hungry and had no food. At other times he had needs that no one met and he felt alone and suffered. But Paul shared the secret of his learning to be content with whatever circumstances he found himself in: He could do all things through Jesus Christ who gave him strength. He was not alone and in Christ he could be content knowing that “my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:18)
Observations for over-comers: The choice to rest in Christ Jesus and His strength and ability to meet every need keeps us full of joy and contentment no matter what our life-circumstance. “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; . .” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)