Declaration of Independence

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content - And having food and raiment let us be therewith content - Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have for he hath said I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee Php 4:11, 1Ti 6:8, Heb 13

Are You A Contented Person? Most people confuse contentment with happiness, and no wonder because the Declaration of Independence states; "WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

When I consider the above statement concerning the Declaration of Independence I have to stop and wonder if as believers, we haven’t been sold a “Bill of Goods" and not a "Bill of Rights"
I would like to ask you point blank today, What is it that you are pursuing as a pilgrim and stranger in this world that you feel will bring you lasting contentment while still resounding to the praise, honor and glory of the FATHER?

There are many people who live by the philosophy, if it feels good then do it, thinking that it will bring them satisfaction. Yet in doing so they have wreaked havoc in their lives, and those around them. Having ignored the light of Scriptures, which states that; “He who would save his life will lose it”, they continue head strong in their ways only to end up as miserable people.

Being a contented person does not happen by accident. It comes about by making Godly choices for our lives. It comes about by viewing our lives and the circumstance that come into our lives in the light of eternity. The Apostle Paul would be the first to attest to this. For having been given the opportunity to intercede on the behalf of his loved ones, what do you think he would ask the FATHER for on their behalf?

Would he pray for financial prosperity, as in Jabez' prayer in 1Ch. 4:10? How about freedom from the oppressive hand of their enemies? Certainly that would be extremely beneficial. What about physical healing? After all, wouldn't that enable them to carrying out greater things for the LORD?

These would all be ideal choices, would they not? But, only wanting the absolute best for his loved ones, only wanting his loved ones to find true contentment we find Paul on his knees, before the Throne of Grace, praying that his brothers and sisters would "Choose What Was Most Excellent" for their lives. Listen to how his prayer went for I believe he would pray the same thing for you and me if he were present today.

Heavenly Father, it is my prayer for (fill in your name) that his/her love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment so that he/she may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God" Philippians 1:9

When will we realize that there is no fulfillment or contentment outside of Jesus Christ? It is only when we follow in His footsteps that we will find what we have been searching for all our lives. Yet, in order for us to follow Christ there must first be a forsaking. And just what is it that we as believers are to forsake, YOU GUESSED IT! OUR VERY OWN RIGHTS. We are told; "If any may would come after me he must deny self, take up his cross (ouch!) and follow me."

You won't find that in the Declaration of Independence

So I would encourage you today to consider your real “Declaration of Independence” and that is; “Ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power – that ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” Col 2:10 Col 3:3


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Now I commend You Brethern To The Word Of His Grace That Is Able To Build You up And Give You An Inheritance Among The Saints Ac20:32