A Year For Contentment ~ Continued

We are almost halfway through this year in our series on Contentment. I have personally learned much as I have prayed, studied, and written on this subject. Through these six months we have continued to see the extreme between oppression and contentment. We are writing articles for the blog and working on one of our new books, Thriving Under Oppression. We are seeing how contentment is the work in and through us by the Spirit of the Lord even in the middle of oppression. Please pray for this project, a much needed work of grace for God’s people, for His glory and kingdom in this year of our Lord.

Listed are articles we have posted. Following are titles of future posts. If we have not covered something of interest to you, or you have a suggestion or question for a post, let me know. We are still praying and waiting for the Lord’s leading for each one.

A Year for Contentment
Born for Contentment
The Authority of Contentment
The Essence of Contentment
The Image of Contentment
Contentment With God Our Father
Contentment in Jesus Christ
The Reason and Season for Contentment
The Center of Contentment
The Spirit of Contentment
Humility and Contentment
The Voice of Contentment
The Price of Contentment
The Patience That Leads To Contentment
The Flow of Contentment
Contentment vs. Anxiety
The Lens of Contentment
Joy and Contentment
Peace and Contentment
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for taking us in hand to explore from one end of the spectrum ~ from the state of oppression in which the whole world lives ~ to the other end ~ the state of contentment to which you call us ~ through your plan of redemption in Jesus, your Son. Please continue to brighten our hearts and our hopes while living in the middle of the oppression. We praise you for such a great love that overwhelms us and brings us in your blessedness in the Spirit of Christ to a life of worship and adoration now and for eternity. Continue to lead us in this divine contentment to share your grace with others; for your glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Adamancy (Part 2)

The first post on “adamancy” was referring to Zechariah 7:12.

Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.

The nature of being adamant is God-given, but in Adam it was turned against Him.  He desires that we be strong-willed in the right things.  In the antithesis, which began in the Garden of Eden with Adam, we see the continual nature of man against God.

If we do not learn to “stand in the truth of God’s grace” (1 Peter 5:12) we will be deceived and continue to live here on this earth under the wrath of God, walking in the paths of destruction.

 The only other reference is in Ezekiel 3:9.

“As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”

 It has been said that if we don’t stand for something we will fall for anything; but it depends on what we “stand” for.

With the new heart (Ezekiel 11:18-20 Part 1) our minds and wills are with God, not against Him.  He gives us the “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2: 16) so that we can “stand” for Christ, with Christ, “against the wiles of the devil.”  (Ephesians 6:11)  We cannot do it by ourselves.

 With the new heart we are called to, and given the wisdom and strength, to stand for the only thing that matters in this world and the next—Christ, and the kingdom of God, our Father.  If we stand with, and in Christ, we are, as God’s people, with all of God’s people called to “adamancy” in the following references.  Notice the link between Christ and the mind.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that ye all speak the same thing,
and that there be no divisions among you;
but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind
and in the same judgment.”
1 Corinthians 1:10

 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty,
so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:3

“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:
…that ye stand fast in one spirit,
with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
Philippians 1:27

“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 15:6

 Dear Father, as with Ezekiel, and with all your people, set our “foreheads” “harder than a flint,” with “the mind of Christ,” that we may stand together in this world for your kingdom and your righteousness against the things of this world; to “live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age,” by the power of your grace.—for your glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.