Judith (2 Nov 2011)


One of the key factors in successful christian living is to have a heart full of thanksgiving and to
be content with all that God has provided, whether during our mountain top experiences or
down in the valley where life has challenges which we see as opportunities. 
I love to revisit these teachings and value other's insights.  Some of these that I've found I hope
will be a blessing.
When people cast fear to the wind and spend themselves and risk their lives and fortune in the cause of God’s truth, and in love for other people, then God is revealed for who He really is: infinitely valuable and satisfying – so much so that His people don’t need the fleeting pleasures of sin in order to be content.
John Piper 
Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2002, P. 120.
Christians can be and ought to be content with the simple necessities of life… First, when you have God near you and for you, you don’t need extra money or extra things to give you peace and security… God is always better than gold… Second, we can be content with the simplicity because the deepest, most satisfying delights God gives us through creation are free gifts from nature and from loving relationships with people. After your basic needs are met, accumulated money begins to diminish your capacity for these pleasures rather than increase them. Buying things contributes absolutely nothing to the heart’s capacity for joy… Third, we should be content with the simple necessities of life because we could invest the extra we make for what really counts (God’s kingdom).
John Piper
Desiring God, 1996, P. 102-103, Used by Permission, www.desiringGod.org.
The antidote for covetousness is contentment. The two are in opposition. Whereas the covetous, greedy person worships himself, the contented person worships God. Contentment comes from trusting God.
John MacArthur
Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God.
William Ward
Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 18.
This is God’s universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God and less satisfaction in the world.
John Piper
This is the secret of being content: to learn and accept that we live daily by God’s unmerited favor given through Christ, and that we can respond to any and every situation by His divine enablement through the Holy Spirit.
Jerry Bridges
The Practice of Godliness, NavPress, 1996, p. 99. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.
The very first temptation in the history of mankind was the temptation to be discontent…that is exactly what discontent(ment) is – a questioning of the goodness of God.
Jerry Bridges
The Practice of Godliness, NavPress, 1996, p. 86. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.
The contented person experiences the sufficiency of God’s provision for his needs and the sufficiency of God’s grace for his circumstances. He believes God will indeed meet all his material needs and that He will work in all his circumstances for his good. That is why Paul could say, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” The godly person has found what the greedy or envious or discontented person always searches for but never finds. He has found satisfaction and rest in his soul.
Jerry Bridges
The Practice of Godliness, NavPress, 1996, p. 85-86. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.
Contentment is one of the most distinguishing traits of the godly person, because a godly person has his heart focused on God rather than on possessions or position or power.
Jerry Bridges
The Practice of Godliness, NavPress, 1996, p. 85. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved. 
Gratitude is a handmaiden of contentment. An ever-growing attitude of gratitude will certainly make us more content since we will be focusing more on what we do have, both spiritually and materially, than on what we do not have. But contentment is more than focusing on what we have.  It is focusing on the fact that all we do have; we have by the grace of God.  We do not deserve anything we have, materially or spiritually. It is all by His grace.
Jerry Bridges
Transforming Grace, NavPress, 1991, p. 199. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.
The cure for the sin of envy and jealousy is to find our contentment in God.
Jerry Bridges
Copied from The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, © 1996, p. 120. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.
The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, considering it as an inn, but putting quite out of all consideration the idea of making it his home.
C.H. Spurgeon
You say, “If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.” You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.
C.H. Spurgeon
Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.   
Jeremiah Burroughs
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.
The person with the discontented heart has the attitude that everything he does for God is too much, and everything God does for him is too little.
Don Kistler
Tabletalk, 9-18-01, p.15.  Used by Permission of Ligonier Ministries.
He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men. He will easily be content and pacified, whose conscience is pure. You are not holier if you are praised, nor the more worthless if you are found fault with. What you are, that you are; neither by word can you be made greater than what you are in the sight of God.
Thomas à Kempis
Imitation of Christ.
When a man no longer seeks his comfort from any creature, then he first begins to enjoy God perfectly, and he will be well content with whatever befalls him. Then he will neither rejoice over having much, nor grieve over having little, but will commit himself fully and trustfully to God, who is all in all to him.
Thomas à Kempis
Imitation of Christ.
I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.
George MacDonald
Quoted by J. R. Miller, Finding One’s Mission, Peiner Publications, n.d., p. 2.
We must come back to the soul and to God who made it. We were made for Him, we are meant for Him, we have a correspondence with Him, and we will never come to rest until, like that needle on the compass, we strike that northern point, and there we come to rest – nowhere else.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
I Am Not Ashamed: Advice to Timothy, Baker, 1996, p. 82-83
Be content with what you have, never with what you are.
Author Unknown
For me, true contentment on earth means asking less of this life because more is coming in the next. Godly contentment is great gain. Heavenly gain. Because God has created the appetites in your heart, it stands to reason that He must be the consummation of that hunger. Yes, heaven will galvanize your heart if you focus your faith not on a place of glittery mansions, but on a Person, Jesus, who makes heaven a home.
Joni Eareckson Tada
Heaven: Your Real Home, Zondervan, www.Zondervan.com, 1995, p. 126. Used by Permission.
If I am not satisfied with what I have, I will never be satisfied with what I want.
Author Unknown
The secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift, not a right.
Author Unknown
The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Author Unknown
No one person can be the source of your contentment. Contentment comes only from God, and the sooner we start seeking it in Him, the better off we will be.
Richard D. Phillips and Sharon L. Phillips
Holding Hands and Holding Hearts, P&R, 2006, p. 171. Used by Permission.
To rejoice in another’s prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another’s grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.
Tryon Edwards
Contentment, then, is the product of a heart resting in God. It is the soul’s enjoyment of that peace that passes all understanding. It is the outcome of my will being brought into subjection to the Divine will. It is the blessed assurance that God does all things well, and is, even now, making all things work together for my ultimate good.
A.W. Pink
Comfort for Christians, Baker, 1989, p. 85-86.
True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.
G.K. Chesterton