There is a thin line between contentment and wanting more. What is your enough? Do you get all your needs met or have some of them along the way become demands? What is the difference with those that seem content with what they have? The answer is in recognizing that our needs can become out of whack; they can become demanding, wanting more. They know the enemy and they know God and they stand firm with God and his goodness.
The true culprit is the enemy within the believer who doesn’t want the spirit to be on the throne of your heart. That sin within us wants to pull you away from God. He wants to pull the wool over your eyes and keep your focus from being on the Lord Jesus. He wants you to feel like God is holding out on you like he did with Eve in the garden of Eden.
Eve wanted more. Satan tempted her with the thought that she could have more wisdom and she let that thought take her down the path to sin. From the beginning and every day since, man is tempted by that kind of “wanting more” thinking. All Eve had to do was stand up for her true “enough”. She knew and tasted of God’s goodness but allowed the temptation to sway her to disobeying God. Eve allowed the “wanting more” thinking to take root and grow into the action of sin. She allowed Satan to change her thinking that God is enough to I can get my own enough. What we think, is what we believe and from these things come our actions. Pauls speaks of these things in 2 Corinthians 11:3, “I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ.
The truth is that our needs are completely met as we trust in Jesus and abide in him. It is a learning process. We have to learn, accept and receive all that God wants to pour into us. His generosity is limitless. The only true source of provision is from our Creator. The Perfect Lamb, who gave himself up for you and me is our enough. In him, we can say with confidence, “Jesus is my enough!”. We can have the contentment.
There are mountains of verse in God’s Word on praise and thanksgiving. It is God’s way of protecting our minds. We cannot think two kinds of thoughts at the same time. If the enemy pops up that “wanting more” thinking into your head, cast it out like the garbage that it is. And turn your thoughts to praise and thanksgiving. Affirm your belief in Jesus as the Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Jesus is our Enough! Contentment is ours but that “wanting more” is crouching at the door.
Thank you, Lord for your goodness and love that pour out of everything you do and say. Your Word is strong and true. Helps us to stand securely on it, fixing our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith. In the name of Jesus, the Perfect Lamb who took our sins upon himself. Amen.
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