Bible Devotions

Contentment is a Learned Mindset

on April 23, 2008

What we allow our mind to think about eventually plays out in our life.

Let me give you two examples: When I focus on all that is not right or doesn’t fit with my plans, I turn into a disgruntled person. Blaming others, pointing out flaws, and complaining about everything become normal actions. But when I focus on all God has done for me, how He saved me from hell, restored my marriage, and renewed my heart, I turn into a humble, grateful, and pleasant person. Joy fills the heart and mind.

Thoughts lead to action. Therefore contentment begins in the mind. Renewing our mind is a daily challenge. One must be diligent in providing a constant stream of good, right, and pure thoughts. Jeremiah tells us “the heart is desperately wicked. Who can know what?” Jesus tells us “out of the heart springs forth the issues of life”.

Where do the good, right, and pure thoughts come from? Not from us. God’s word is the only source of good, right, and pure war thoughts. God’s thoughts are higher than ours. His ways are better than ours. Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing at our mind so we will know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Paul urges us in Philippians 4:8 to meditate on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praise worthy. If our thoughts are fixed on God’s word then complaining, comparing, envy, strife, and self-centered thinking will disappear.

In other places and Scripture we are told to do all things without complaining and disputing. And again were told in everything work as though we are working for the Lord rather than mere men. With our minds firmly rooted in God’s word these things become easier to do.

If we take God’s word seriously and do what we hear it telling us, we will be able to say as Paul did: “I have learned in whatever state I am to be content.” Paul understood where his strength came from when he penned Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Here are a few tips for getting more of God’s word into our mind:

  1. Read the Bible daily, even if it’s just a verse or two.
  2. I think about the verse you just read. Try to remember it throughout the day.
  3. Write the verse down, carry it with you, and stick it where you will see it several times a day.
  4. Share the first with someone else.

The more we interact with God’s word for more insight He reveals to us. What are you doing today to get God’s word rooted deeply in your mind?

Dear God, thank you for giving us your truth your word and a life with you. Give us that desire to draw close to you because your work tells us when we do you will draw near to us. In Jesus name we pray these things Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit today.


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