Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

Contentment

To be content, just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now and then got it back again.-Unknown

The Apostle Paul said it this way: “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). And that was a mouthful for a guy who was beaten, put in prison, stoned, shipwrecked and chased out of town after town. Yet, do you find it difficult to be content even in the lap of luxury? Attitude, that’s the difference. What’s needed is an inner attitude, an unshakable conviction that, regardless of the circumstances which life may send your way, with God’s help you can triumph in your troubles, if not over them. To triumph in your troubles is really the only victory you need, “for great is your reward in Heaven” (Matthew 5:12).

In the first century, the Apostle Paul demonstrated this principle. Here’s what he wrote to his brethren in the city of Philippi: “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). And Paul had been in some miserable circumstances. On one occasion he was falsely accused, beaten and thrown into prison, where he was shackled hand and foot. He was put in the inner prison (which we’d call the maximum security cell). But at midnight, of all things, Paul was singing. And he wasn’t wailing the words to “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” either. He was singing praises to God (see Acts 16:25)! What a fantastic attitude in such dire circumstances. But if your heart is right with God, circumstances just don’t count. Now, that may not sound very revolutionary the first time you hear it, but the idea grows on you. It suggests a truth that everyone has to wrestle with sooner or later: Until you’re able to be happy in every situation, you can’t really be happy in any situation.

How did Paul learn to be content in any set of circumstances? Did he learn it through his own human self-sufficiency? No way! Rather, he said, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…. I can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens me.” (“Making Things Right,” Paul Faulkner.)

There have been many of My children who have lived before you who faced great hardships, handicaps, and difficulties, and yet they allowed Me to use them. They were cheerful and happy despite the things that life had brought their way. They were overcomers!-But they would have never lifted a finger, never changed anything, never gone anywhere, never been anyone, if they had allowed their usefulness to be swallowed up by negativity and discontent.

Be an overcomer! Be a world changer! Be something for Me, because I need you! I need you to be free of negativity so that I can use you for My glory, so that I can work through you to love and reach others! Be content! Be free! Be positive! Be praiseful! That’s the secret to happiness! (Jesus speaking in prophecy. Originally published April 2006.)

Trust! Stop fretting and fussing and fighting and kicking and refusing to be happy and content with what you are and what you have! Once you are truly content-and this contentment only comes through total yieldedness to Me and acceptance of My plan-then I can give you more. I can then give you more blessings, more love, more friendships, relationships, even greater attractiveness and charm. When you are relaxed, restful, trusting, content and at peace with Me and with yourself the way I have made you, then your natural beauty, charm and love can [show]. You will not be so concerned and preoccupied and wrapped up in yourself and your own worries and wants and fears and phobias, but you will be looking out and around, looking to give others joy and peace. (From Jesus with Love, Book 2)

Back it up…
(All Bible verses are taken from the New King James Version, unless noted otherwise.)

Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

1Timothy 6:6-8 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

Hebrews.13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Islam By Their Law Shall We Know Them

The ideology of Islam fully implemented under Sharia Law, consistent with the koran, sira and hadith, condemns freedom (speech, conscience, religion association, press, petition of government), forbids equality (between men and women, muslims and non-muslims) and denies traditional sovereignty (national boundaries, secular law, native culture). Any form of sharia, implicit (in mosques and ‘at home’) or explicit (as practiced in UK civil courts, as promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations), denies human rights to women, children and non-muslims. Therefore, allowing sharia in this Constitutional Republic or any non-islamic nation violates our basic laws of freedom, including freedom of choice. The tenets of islam as codified in sharia are supremacist, discriminatory and misogynist; they invite or encourage deception toward non-muslims and mandate perpetual hostility to that which is not islamic. Sharia must be banned as being unConstitutional and its promotion labeled seditious, as it calls for the replacement of man-made law with “divine” sharia.

Whatever in islam that may be spiritual and promote the salvation of the soul is of little interest to me, unless and until it affects non-muslims, at which point it becomes political doctrine. And if this political doctrine calls for harm, subjugation, taxation, terrorizing and death, it is a free-people’s right and obligation to resist.

Speak about islam and sharia in this way. Challenge your listeners not to believe anything about islam that is not consistent with the foundational texts of islam and its body of law, for to do so is to be deceived and ignorant.

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