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God’s Kingdom of Contentment and Peace

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A seasoned, spiritually mature Paul said, “For I have learned how to be content in whatever state I am.” He had fought the good fight of faith, and was spiritually resting in the unconditional peace that a transforming relationship with our Faithful God creates. Inner peace and contentment is for those who persevere, and keep the faith, during their earthly journey. He received this valuable education in the same “school of life” that we all attend. Paul had evolved to the emotional and spiritual state, where contentment was not found in circumstances or people. Jesus offers peace to His followers in John 14:27, “I leave you my peace, I give you my peace, I do not give it to you as the world gives it.”  The world attempts to rent or sell us peace, pacifiers, reassurances as merchants of happiness that calm the troubles of our days and nights for a while; but the world does not offer maturing, healing, transforming  peace that passes understanding. True, transforming peace and contentment flows only from God’s Holy Spirit that lives within us. The Spirit teaches us the Way to discover and walk in the peaceful Kingdom realm.  Nowhere else will it be found! This peace begins as a seed that Jesus offers us to accept.  After this seed has taken root in the good soil of our heart, it will gradually grow and develop into an adorning tree of strength in our spirits, souls, and minds. As this tree grows, each bough will produce the spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, long suffering and faith.  We will then gradually move towards the grace and beauty that the Spirit gives. Most do not continuously abide in this “peace that passes understanding”, for this peace is a process of becoming filled with the Holy Spirit, a life work that we allow the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to accomplish within us. It is His desire to flood us with inner strength of His Spirit, and make us self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. At last, we are stepping forward in the Kingdom of God, on the path that leads to contentment, satisfaction, joy, and peace, no matter what the circumstance!

“For I have learned how to be content [satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted] in whatever state I am. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation. I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]” (Philippians 4:11b, 12b, 13).



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