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Sunday Inspiration: How to Achieve Contentment

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“I have learned how to be content.” Php 4:11 NLT

When you aim to grow personally and achieve things in life, these are commendable goals. But when you covet what someone else has or want to be just like them, you’re entering into territory that’s forbidden by Scripture.

Contentment does not mean you should become complacent or settle for mediocrity and fail to achieve your God-given potential in life. Not at all! You’re supposed to work to improve yourself, while at the same time remaining totally dependent on God (See 2Co 3:5).

Self-sufficiency means to be “sufficient in one’s self” instead of putting your faith in God’s assistance. Contentment, on the other hand, is to know with certainty and firm conviction that God is able to meet your every need (See Php 4:19). When you understand that truth, you don’t have to covet anyone else’s position, property, possessions, or personality.

Why? Because you’re assured that all you presently have, and all you are today, is more than enough in the hands of God. Whatever you need to do to fulfill His will, you can do, not in your own strength but in the strength and power of Christ who dwells within your innermost being.

Covetousness comes to us all naturally, but contentment must be learned.

Paul writes: “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Php 4:11-13 NLT).

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/learn-to-be-content-2

Sunday Inspiration: Stop Procrastinating and Do It!

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.’” Lk 9:61 NIV

When you squander or lose your money, there’s a chance you can get it back. But not when you squander or lose your time.

One of the saddest stories in Scripture is found in these words: “Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.’” But nowhere is it recorded that he followed Jesus.

And procrastination and perfectionism go hand in hand.

We say, “If I can’t do it right, I won’t do it at all!” No, before you get it right you’ll probably get it wrong.

In every story of success there are chapters of struggle, but they are chapters of learning and growth.

A study was done at Yale University. Graduating seniors were told of the dangers of tetanus and given the opportunity to get a free inoculation at the health center. While a majority of the students were convinced they needed the shot, guess how many followed through and got the vaccine? Three percent!

Another group was given the same lecture, but also given a copy of the campus map with the location of the health center circled on it. They were then asked to look at their weekly schedules and figure out when they could find time to get the shot. Guess what? Nine times as many students got inoculated.

Good intentions aren’t enough. You need to make the call, or make the move. You need to set the deadline, or set the appointment.

“Today” is the tomorrow you were talking about yesterday. So stop procrastinating and do it.

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/stop-procrastinating-and-do-it

Sunday Inspiration: Step Out in Faith

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Begin the…tasks I have assigned to you.” Mt 25:21 TLB

Nicole Unice, director of women’s ministries for Hope Church, says:

“There are ideas I know would be beneficial, yet I hesitate to share too much or dream too big. What if they don’t work? Or people don’t like them? What if the people above me second-guess hiring me? One day I scrawled on my office wall: So what if it fails?”

Question: What are you yearning to try and haven’t because you’re afraid you’ll fail? What programs do you keep alive even though they aren’t serving their purpose? What technology are you avoiding? What learning are you circumventing because you feel old and rusty?

If you don’t have anything on the horizon that might fail, you’re failing as a leader. Unless you push for innovation and creativity you’ll keep attracting the same people.

When you “Begin the…tasks [God] assigned to you’ you’ll have to push boundaries and try things that might fail.”

John Mason writes:

“Don’t be afraid to fail…if you’re not failing you’re not growing. When successful people stop growing and learning, it’s because they become less willing to risk failure. Failure is delay, not defeat. A temporary detour, not a dead-end street. We all make mistakes—especially those who do things. As Paul says, ‘God…gives us the victory through…Christ’ (1Co 15:57 NKJV), and failure is often the first step toward success. Unless you’re willing to take a risk, you won’t get the chance to succeed.”

Today trust God and step out in faith!

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/trust-god-and-step-out-in-faith-1

Sunday Inspiration: Listening for God’s Voice

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“You will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the…way.’” Isa 30:21 NCV

A counselor who was once an addict writes:

I was in treatment for chemical dependency and needed a job to get out. I looked for months, but nobody wanted to hire me.

One day I was waiting for a bus when a little voice urged: “Look behind you.” I was standing next to an attorney’s office. “Go talk to the head of the firm and tell him you need a job,” were the words I heard.

That’s crazy, I thought…but that “still, small voice” urged me on, so I obeyed.

When I talked to the attorney and told him what was happening in my life, he understood because someone in his family was also recovering from addiction.

Then he looked at me and said, “It’s funny you came in today. I was thinking about creating a position for a legal secretary and hadn’t gotten around to advertising.”

Two weeks later I got the job, and it was better than any position I’d applied for. It paid more and made the best possible use of my skills.

Recognizing God’s voice

The problem isn’t that God no longer speaks to us; it’s that we don’t recognize His voice.

Don’t be so quick to dismiss the random thoughts that cross your mind (See 1Co 2:16).

Generally speaking, God won’t send a thunderbolt from heaven to get your attention. More often He speaks through your thoughts, a family member, a friend, a teacher, a pastor, a change in your circumstances, the sudden discovery of the “perfect” Scripture, the writing of a gifted author, or in the quietness when He fills your heart with perfect peace.

So learn to listen to God’s voice.

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/listening-for-gods-voice

Sunday Inspiration: How to Overcome Fear

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

A lot of my clients have a lot of fear. Mostly fear of the unknown, such as not knowing what will happen if they pursue their dream to start their own business or to change careers. But below is some wonderful insight on how to overcome such fear. If you’re struggling with fear, especially fear of your future, I encourage you to meditate on the following.

“Faith comes by hearing…the word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV

Every day fear and faith will arise inside you, and you get to decide which one will prevail. Fear and faith will always be present in your life, and the one you feed will come out on top.

You can’t expect fear to simply disappear. If you focus on your fears, entertain them, and give in to them, they’ll increase.

The way to overcome them is to starve them. Don’t give them your time or energy. Don’t feed them with gossip, negative news reports, or frightening thoughts.

Focus on your faith, and feed it each day through God’s Word (See Ro 10:17). The more energy and time you devote to your faith, the stronger it will become.

Anytime you feel afraid of something but do it anyway, you reprogram your attitude. In other words, when you feel afraid, it means “go” instead of “stop”; it means “fight harder” instead of “give up.”

The most important step you can take to overcome fear is trusting God to do the thing you think you can’t do.

No matter how strong a hold fear may have on you, it can be overcome. That’s because fear is in your mind, and your mind can be renewed by the Word of God.

Here’s the key: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 NKJV). 

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/how-to-overcome-fear-5