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Sun, May 13, 2018

The Gift of Contentment

Happy Mothers Day Moms! Today we celebrate you and for good reason. I read a quote this week that said, “It’s Not Easy Being A Mother. If It were Easy Father’s Would Do It” If having babies were up to men I have told you many times through the years that the human race would be extinct. Men would never allow themselves to suffer through what women must suffer through.
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Mother’s Day 2018

Title: The Gift of Contentment

Text Philippians 2:1-18

 

Philippians 2:1-18 (NKJV)

1  Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,

2  fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

 

(You cant look down on someone you look up too)

 

4  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

 

When you take time to learn other peoples stories you will have compassion on them

 

5  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

 

How we think leads to how we act

 

6  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

 

Jesus and the Father are One, they are equal

 

7  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

 

“Greek word “Kenoo” which means “He emptied Himself_

 

Jesus made Himself a slave.

 

“You know you are a servant by the way you respond when someone treats you like one”

 

8  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

9  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14  Do all things without complaining and disputing,

15  that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

16  holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

17  Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

18  For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

 

Happy Mothers Day Moms! Today we celebrate you and for good reason.

 

I read a quote this week that said, “It’s Not Easy Being A Mother. If It were Easy Father’s Would Do It”

 

If having babies were up to men I have told you many times through the years that the human race would be extinct. Men would never allow themselves to suffer through what women must suffer through.

 

Being Mothers Day, many articles are written about Moms. I read an interesting article on "The Side Effects of Pregnancy" that proved the point that if the human race was contingent upon men having babies we would be extinct already. The article listed the side effects in no particular order and I will ask for forgiveness if some of the items on the list seem gross. Its all the more reason we need to celebrate mothers today.

 

bodily discharge

gas and bloating

constipation

hemorrhoids

Excessive salivation

Itchy skin

nosebleeds

swollen extremities

enlarged hips

stretch marks

varicoase veins





Some background for you on the book of Philippians. in the four short chapters of his epistle to the Philippians, the word “joy” or “rejoicing” appears 19 times—which is especially interesting in light of the fact that Paul penned his epistle from a Roman prison. Following the legal nightmare spoken of in Acts 21–28, Paul—chained to a guard—was awaiting trial, not knowing whether he would be befriended or beheaded by Caesar.

 

If there was ever one who would be justified in writing a depressing and discouraging letter, it would be Paul. However, Paul took up pen and paper as it were to do just the opposite, for the book of Philippians is commonly known as “The Epistle of Joy.” And if we grasp the basic message of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, we, too, will be free to be joyful in Jesus—in spite of our external circumstances.

 

As I was praying about Mother’s Day today the Lord brought to mind the book of Philippians and one word that might best describe the characteristic of godly mom’s. A quality each of us, men and women alike would do well to seek after and develop in our own lives, and it wasn’t the word joy but rather it was the word is “contentment”.

 

I titled my Mothers' Day message  “The Gift of Contentment"... for the simple reason being that Godly Moms have this God quality that I and along with most men I know know nothing about but admire when we see it displayed and are mesmerized each time we see you exercising contentment in relationships. Moms especially have this uncanny ability to be content…

 

What is my definition of contentment?

 

“To be completely satisfied in the moment while patiently awaiting the expectant desire.”

 

Paul was content and its what allowed him to experience joy to a greater level than most ever know. Contentment and joy are linked together. Where you find one you will find the other.



Philippians 4:11-12 says,

“11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

12 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."

 

Contentment and joy come from a submitted mind



Did you know that God is completely satisfied with you today? He is… 100% so…

 

God is satisfied with you because He sees both who you are and who you will become. Satisfaction comes from contentment.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

Contentment breeds hope

 

And hope breeds contentment

 

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;



Helen Steiner Rice wrote a poem titled “God’s Promise” and it speaks much to the issue of contentment…

 

Gods Promise

 

God did not promise sun without rain, light without darkness, or joy without pain.

He only promised us strength for the day when the darkness comes and we lose our way.

 

For only through sorrow do we grow more aware that God is our refuge in times of despair.

 

For when we are happy and life's bright and fair, we often forget to kneel down in prayer.

 

But God seems much closer and needed much more when trouble and sorrow stand outside our door.

 

For then we seek shelter in His wondrous love and we ask Him to send us help from above.

 

And that is the reason we know it is true that bright, shining hours and dark, sad ones, too, Are part of the plan God made for each one, and all we can pray is, "Thy will be done!"

 

(Helen Steiner Rice)



I love the old hymn that contained the words… “Love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be”

 

Godly Moms never disengage from their children, though the umbilical cord is cut at birth, it truly is never severed.

 

A contrast in styles… The difference between Moms and Dads.

 

Godly mothers have an ability to be content in the moment like few dads do. We dads say things like when the boy is old enough I'll teach him to _____ (throw, run, fight, work on the car, build something, play a sport, take up a hobby)

 

Godly Moms tend to love their children unconditionally. Dads love much of the time based on the performance of their child.

 

Godly Moms live through their children's life. Dads live through their children’s accomplishments.

 

Godly Moms connect with the details of their children lives where as dads connect with events.

 

Godly Moms are there for the journey itself where as dads are there for the "milestones”

 

Godly Mom’s celebrate life, dads celebrate achievements.



Godly Mom's experience greater love often times in child rearing for the simple reason they will allow themselves to feel greater pain.

 

The birthing process proves this to be true! As the writer of Hebrews says, "For the joy that was set before Him (Jesus) He endured the cross." (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus saw through the pain and He saw what it could accomplish. Godly Moms have the heart of Jesus to see what those without faith cannot see.

 

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen”

 

Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith it impossible to please Him, for he who comes to god must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

 

I read a quote years ago now that said, “There are two arrows that pierce the human heart, one beauty, the other pain”. That reminded me of Jesus own mother and what she went through being the mother of the promised Messiah.

 

Mary, the mother of Jesus is a model for our women. She is a woman of faith and trust, a woman who understood to love was to suffer. The greatest blessing in her life was to bring forth the Christ child and the greatest curse upon her life was giving birth to the Christ child.

 

Luke 1:26-38 (NKJV)

26  Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

27  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.

28  And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"

29  But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.

30  Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.

32  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

33  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."

34  Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"

35  And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

36  Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.

37  For with God nothing will be impossible."

38  Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

 

Luke 2:8-19 (NKJV)

8  Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

10  Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

11  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."

13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14  "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

15  So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."

16  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

17  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

18  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

 

19  But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.



Luke 2:25-35 (NKJV)

25  And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

26  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

27  So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,

28  he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29  "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;

30  For my eyes have seen Your salvation

31  Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,

32  A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel."

33  And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.

 

34  Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against

35  (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."



I have learned from studying moms in the Bible and from watching and listening to my own Mom, my wife, and other moms, some of you,  that without risk, love is not worth it at all. To want pleasure without accepting pain is selfishness and studying for Mothers Day has taught me that I have been very selfish my whole life.

 

Godly Moms seek to lead a selfless life,  

 

One of the great themes we read of in the the book of Philippians speaks of contentment.

 

Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)

11  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

12  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.

13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 

Parenting is a difficult job and not for the faint of heart.



My desire this morning is simple, to communicate to you Moms especially, PLESE don't stop believing, don't stop dreaming, and don’t give up. That’s your Jesus quality. Think about the last week for Jesus life and that even though our rejection of Jesus as the promised Messiah, He was not deterred from going to the Cross-. Our open hatred of Him at the Cross did not stop Him from crying out "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". What love Jesus has shown us. The heart we best see exemplified In Moms, the dream is not about performing it’s about loving... Love sees the potential and the possibilities… because love is content

 

“To be completely satisfied in the moment while patiently awaiting the expectant desire.”

 

It takes great faith to be a woman of God and today as your pastor and as your church we want to say thank you and bless you today and encourage you to never give up!

 

Proverbs 31:10-31 (NKJV)

10  Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.

11  The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.

12  She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.

13  She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.

14  She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.

15  She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.

16  She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.

17  She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.

18  She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night.

19  She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.

20  She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21  She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22  She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23  Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.

24  She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25  Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.

26  She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27  She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28  Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:

29  "Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all."

30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

31  Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.



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