Unconditional Contentment (Phil 4: 11-13)

May 18, 2009

“…I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:11-13

The roller coaster of life.  We have all faced it.  We’ve all had a front-car seat for the ups and downs of life.  Personally, these past few months have been very trying for myself, and for the band. I (Troy) just lost my grandmother, and the band is going through some growing pains and big changes. It hasn’t been easy.

But then again, is life ever easy? Of course not.  But whatever your situation is right now, my question for you is where are you turning?  Who are you turning to? Paul was thrown in jail, beaten, mocked, and eventually beheaded for the Gospel. Yet, he knew something many of us don’t.  It was a “secret”. This secret was that no matter what came along in Paul’s life, he could withstand it.  He could be content in all things with Christ having his back.

Do we know this today? Can we face the ups and downs of life knowing that Christ is our rock and our “strong tower”? It is great to sing such words or hang up up kool posters. But when the going gets tough, do really we stand firm, stay calm, and appreciate the life God has given us? Are we content because of Christ?

My challenge and encouragement to all of you is to never forget that Christ is on your side. Though life may go through the good and bad times, do not let it throw your emotions around. Be content, able to face every situation with grace. Remember, it is Christ who gives you the ability to do so! 😀

As always, keep your head up, and remember.. God, others, self. We love you all!

In Christ, Troy and TFF

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Don’t Forget Whose You Are: Revelation 7: 15-17

December 4, 2008

Revelation 7:15-17 (Bear with the length, it really is worth it!!!)

“They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple, and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them nor any scorching heat.  For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;  he will lead them to springs of living water and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

I know I had last month’s devotion, but this thought hit me hard, and I want to share it with you: You know, its so easy to get frustrated and bitter in life.  Things never work out the way you want them to, and we get hurt by people and ourselves.  But as you read this passage, simply remember: You belong to God.  You have been bought at a price.

This scripture simply tells us that though things are tough now, and Jesus told us we would face trials and tribulations in life (John 16:33), a time is coming when all pain, sorrow, stress, sin and death. will be done away with.  He will wipe away every tear, and be our God. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine what that will be like!!

Be encouraged this week and month.  Though it may be rough, Christ has promised us that he will return. And even if he doesn”t in our lifetimes, we still have a paradise, a renew earth (read Rev. 21) to look forward to where we will be perfected and live with Christ!! Keep Your head up!! Take Heart because Jesus overcame this world and because of him, so will we!

God Bless, and finish strong! We love You guys!

Troy and all the guys of TFF

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Take a Time Out

November 1, 2008

Isaiah 40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the3 ends of the earth.  He will NOT grow tired or weary and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

If you’re like me, you spend most of your time DOING.  Running here, going there.  Any more, poeple just do… Why is that? Is it because we feel that we have nothing better to do but everything?  Do we feel this desire to have some kind of meaning in our lives that comes from what we do?

Lately, I’ve been feeling beat down by everything that life throws at me.  I’ve been up long hours doing homework for class, and have kept myself very busy with things at church or on campus. I am one of those weary ones mentioned in Isaiah 40.  But it hit me this week that nothing I could do would ever give me fulfillment in life.  Nothing I do will please God.  It is by GRACE through FAITH ALONE that we please God.

So in the next week, rather than feeling like the world depends on you, take a time out! Just relax, and spend time with the Lord. As this passage shows, we were made to lean on Him for our strength. When you do this, you’ll find yourself more capable of giving of your time and energy than when you try to do things on your own power (Also read Proverbs 3: 5-6 for this). May God bless you this week.  Always seek Him first, and live third.

Love in Christ

Troy– TFF

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