I’ve Learned to be Content: Spotlight on 4 Contentment Busters

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Have you learned to be content? That is the focus of Cycle 5 (Surrender Fast 2013). We are praying that God help us master the art of contentment.

This week I will uncover 4 contentment busters. The first is complaining.

Complaining is a habit: the more you do it, the more you want to do it. Some people are better at it than others; they have made an art of complaining. They don’t see the silver lining in anything and if they do say anything remotely positive it’s only after they have exhausted their supply of complaints. But my friend, that should not be so!

Do you know it’s a sin to complain? Well it is. Any time you go against God’s commands it’s a sin. God’s Word clearly instructs us to do all things without murmuring and complaining (Philippians 2:14).

When you complain not only do you “share” the spirit of negativity with others, you also inadvertently tell God He’s doing it all wrong; that you would

Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain, but God is more concerned about His kingdom agenda than your comfort. He certainly has compassion on us, but He knows what is best. But God is in control and He can be trusted. Whatever we need on earth He always supplies, even if it’s the courage to face illness, unemployment, marital issues, etc.

Remember, the key to not complaining is to take your eye off the problem and put them on God. Today on the Morning Prayer Call I talk about a time I wrote a “joy” email to my friends and family after being diagnosed with cancer. You, too, can write you own joy letters if you learn to trust God and remain content no matter the circumstances.

Please join us on the Morning Prayer Call as I reveal 3 other contentment busters. Every call is recorded for your convenience. Please invite others to pray with us. All are welcome!

Also, I sent an email yesterday about the NEW Surrender Lifestyle Symposiums. Please plan to join us for these life-changing seminars to take place April 20, June 1, and August 24 in Bowie Maryland.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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6 thoughts on “I’ve Learned to be Content: Spotlight on 4 Contentment Busters

  1. Princess

    We are Spiritual Being attempting to live a human experience and much of what I do has been done in the flesh, all planning and thinking and now I am Praying to God to strengthen my spirit and weaken my flesh to my spiritual being, lining it up with his will and being able to priortize my Spiritual Being as a way to live the promises God has for me. My Spirit will not complain about my fleshly issues, but my flesh will try to over speak my spirit.
    This is just where I am

    • “My Spirit will not complain about my fleshly issues, but my flesh will try to over speak my spirit.” I LOVE that. The flesh is what it is…weak and powerless. No need to complain/condemn just don’t feed it. Instead focus on the spirit and allowing the spirit to conform the flesh so that it submits to the perfect will of God. Princess I wish you much success; God is moving you forward…the half hasn’t been told!

  2. LaQuita Davis

    I find that I often complain when “I” feel like everything “seems” to be going all wrong. I am learning to stop and affirm my trust in God. This is when we must bring whatever the matter is to God. So when difficulties in our lives start to close in on us instead of complaining humbly present the matters to God. We can learn to be joyful in Him, our Savior, even in the midst of adversity. Rely on His strength. He will make our feet like feet of a deer, enabling us to go to higher heights. Exodus 3:14; Habakkuk 3:17-19

  3. What you said reminded me of Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” The only way to keep our sanity is to turn it ALL over to God. Sound like you are learning that. Me too! 🙂

  4. Angela W.

    Ok, so I fasted last cycle (cycle 4) financially because I really wanted to God to change my mindset about my finances – which He did. However, “The Surrender Fast” totally blessed me beyond the area of my finances. God gave me this peace and joy that no matter what trials I face, the outcomes will glorify Him!
    As Cylcle 5 approached I debated whether I would fast again. I didn’t know what I was going to fast from so I just decided not to. On the morning of the first day of this cycle I was reading Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind” and God spoke so clearly to me three things He wanted me to fast from, so I complied and pulled out my “Surrender Fast” book. When I heard Dr. Celeste mention on the first prayer call that the theme for this cycle was “Mastering the Art of Contentment” and that she was doing a financial fast, I told God that He had it all wrong and that He had mixed up my fasts. I told Him I should be fasting financially this cycle, not the previous cycle, in order to have total freedom. Then I believe God said to me, “No, I got it right. What I have for you is for you.”
    I say all this to say that this week’s “Contentment Busters” have really blessed me because the three things God gave me to surrender that morning were: yelling (out of anger), CONTROL, and COMPLAINING! God did have it right! Why do we question Him??? God is so sovereign and He continues to prove to us why we should trust Him.

    • Hi Angela, thank you for the reminder that God is sovereign and can be trusted. With our limited insight we sometimes think we know more than God, but that is so not true! To think that He told you what to surrender and then have those concepts taught in the 3rd week is amazing! Like you, although I am doing a financial fast God is revealing so much more of my heart. This morning He woke me up so that I could meditate on what it means to love. What does that have to do with finances? LOL! But it was good. Be blessed!

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