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Do You Know the Secret?

Our family recently visited a theme park to celebrate the end of summer. We spent the entire day, sun up to sun down, riding every roller coaster. About 30 minutes before the park closed, my daughters wanted to ride one more. And it wasn’t just any roller coaster…it was the most intense roller coaster of the day!


We boarded the ride believing we knew what to expect as we had ridden it earlier in the day. However, we did not anticipate that there would be absolutely NO light on the tracks. By the time we got off the ride, my daughters were in tears…and transparently, I was almost in tears too! It was the scariest ride we had ever experienced simply because we could not see what was in front of us. We could not anticipate the highs and the lows, the twists and the turns.


Have you ever realized that the journey of FAITH often resembles a roller coaster ride?


The good news is there’s a secret to navigating life's highs and lows with spiritual maturity.


Do you know the SECRET?


Paul knew the secret.

Paul told the Church of Philippi in Philippians 4:12–13 (ESV), I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”


Paul knew what it meant to be low, and he knew what it meant to abound.


He lays out some of the highs and lows that he experienced in 2 Corinthians 11:24–27, 31 (ESV) - - “Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.”


I wonder when Paul learned the secret? I wonder if he learned it when he was whipped 39 times or shipwrecked for the 3rd time? Maybe it was in jail, not knowing if he would live or die. Or did he learn the secret when the poisonous snake bit him?


Nevertheless, he learned the secret, and the secret is this…


Philippians 4:11 ESV…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.


The secret is CONTENTMENT.


We live in a world that knows much about covetousness and very little about contentment. And our inability to embrace contentment results in a lack of gratitude, which always negatively affects our attitude of thanksgiving.


If we are not careful, we can allow DISCONTENTMENT to become an enemy of our faith.


When we allow ourselves to become discontented, believing God for big things becomes difficult because we cannot be grateful for what He has already done in our lives.


If you are struggling with the highs and the lows of life, I encourage you to take on an attitude of gratitude and choose contentment over discontentment. And as you do this, you will see your faith increase, and you will be able to walk in peace despite the circumstance.

 

I invite you to watch Pastor Eric’s message, I’ve Got A Secret, from Week 4 of the World Didn’t Give It series in its entirety HERE:

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