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January 1, 2016 | Daily Devotionals | January 1, 2016

A Satisfied Man

The Holy Spirit’s constant message to every believer is to find satisfaction in God: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17)

One of the highest forms of spiritual warfare is also the simplest: stay grateful and content. Here’s how.

Aggressive attitude
: “Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28

Aggressive godliness
: This is what we call the classic one-two-punch that will put ingratitude and comparison on the canvas. “Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. I Timothy 6:6. The most lethal blow a man can render discontentment is a strong purpose for living.  Paul tells Timothy, the secret of the one-two-punch?  He warns him not to seek contentment outside of God.

Aggressive giving
: “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remember the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35) Paul was not in the habit of neglecting the poor in particular by taking up collections and personally delivering them. This was part of the Holy Spirit’s work in his life because the poor taught him to answer the question: What do I really need?

Father, help me be aggressively grateful; your answer for contentment.

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