Thoughts danced in my head of how I would live if I won the lotto. The career path I would take, the house I would build, the vacations I would take, the children I would adopt, the donations I would make.
Years ago, God told me not to even entertain those thoughts – they are a fantasy. When Satan tried his old trick on me yesterday, I refused to entertain those thoughts! I cited the word of God: “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”, and “I am content in all circumstances.”
I know that winning the lotto is not my reality. Statistically speaking it will never be my reality (especially since I don’t buy lotto tickets). If by some strange chance it does becomes my reality, then and only then will I think about it.
In the meantime, I am happy where I am at. I am content with what God has given to me. I knew Satan was up to his old tricks – so I when recited the scriptures in my heart –
Just like that, the tempting thoughts were gone.
The Word of God is POWERFUL, sharper than a two-edge sword. Before the Words of God, Satan cannot stand. He has to flee.
I prayed the rest of the way home – resting in God’s grace, a smile on my face. Content.
I am content.
I don’t need a million dollars, what I have is more than enough.
Lord, help me to turn to you, and to you alone for fulfillment. The desire of my heart is to know you and to be known by You. Lord, help me to long for whatever will draw me close to You. Help me not to despise the plan that You have for my life. But to embrace it, to walk in confidence, knowing that You know what You are doing. Help me to learn as Paul did, the secret of being content in all circumstances.
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Your face, Lord, I will seek…I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. I trust in You, O Lord; I say ‘You are my God’. My times are in Your hands.” (Psalm 27:7-8, 13-14, 31:14-15)