Glenorie Com­mu­nity Church

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Church News - Pr. Alex & Dee Valich

On our reg­u­lar drives to our church in Glenorie, we pass “The Con­tented Cat Inn” and re­mem­ber how our lit­tle Burmese cat, Toots, used to stay there some­times when we were go­ing on hol­i­days. Toots seemed very con­tented when we picked her up to go home again and, while we were away, we felt as­sured that she was safe, well-fed and looked after. That gave us peace of mind. Toots was con­tented and so were we!

One dic­tionary de­fines con­tent­ment’ as ‘a state of hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion, with ease of mind.’ When we think about this, how many of us can truly say that we LIVE in a state of con­tent­ment? Surely feel­ings of hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion are deeper, more last­ing emo­tions than the way we of­ten speak about them?

• ‘I’m happy that you came to­day.’

• ‘My new car makes me happy.’

• ‘I’m sat­is­fied with that HSC mark.’

• ‘What a de­li­cious, sat­is­fy­ing meal.’

The bi­ble has a great deal to say about true con­tent­ment. The apos­tle Paul was a man who of­ten suf­fered and went with­out the com­forts of life, more than most peo­ple can imag­ine. (read 2 Corinthi­ans 11:23-28). Yet he knew the se­cret of con­tent­ment. con­tin­ued from page 47

The clear com­mand of God: Be filled with the Spirit.

Ev­ery be­liever is in­dwelt by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthi­ans 12:13). Ev­ery be­liever is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph­e­sians 4:30). But what is most needed is that ev­ery be­liever should be filled by the Holy Spirit (Eph­e­sians 5:18).

This is not only the per­sonal need of our heart (if we are hon­est),but is the com­mand of God. Eph­e­sians 5:18 con­tains two com­mands: ‘Do not get drunk on wine, …In­stead be filled with Spirit’. We are hor­ri­fied by the pos­si­bil­ity of the first part- that we should ever be­come drunk. Are we as hor­ri­fied by the pos­si­bil­ity of our not ful­fill­ing the sec­ond part? He wrote: “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 or hun­gry, whether liv­ing in plenty or in want. I can do ev­ery­thing through Him who gives me strength.”

That brings us to the be­gin­ning of our quote: “God­li­ness with con­tent­ment is great gain.” Psalm 73:26 tells us that, “My health may fail and my spirit may grow weak but God re­mains the strength of my heart. He is mine for­ever.”

God­li­ness, then, means liv­ing our life with God, His waythrough a re­la­tion­ship with His Son Je­sus Christ, who came into this world for us, so that we “will know the truth and the truth will set us FREE.” (John 8:32).

Surely, this re­la­tion­ship of truth and free­dom in Je­sus Christ will bring us con­tent­ment and there­fore great gain.”

God bless!

The full­ness of the Holy Spirit is full con­trol by the Spirit. It is al­low­ing the Spirit to ex­er­cise His author­ity and power in ev­ery part of our lives. It will mean Christ be­ing glo­ri­fied in ev­ery area and in ev­ery act of ser­vice. It is the an­swer to our need and the ful­fil­ment of God’s pur­pose in us.

(to be con­tin­ued)

Come and find out more at Bi­ble study on Tues­days 7.30 p.m. Sun­day Ser­vice, 10:00 a.m. all at 1409 Old North­ern Rd Glenorie

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