March 16, 2007 print_code Print this lesson

Stability is the mark of a mature Christian.

Even while going through a trial God gives us peace so that we can be stable.

In John 14:27, Jesus says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives."

Christ has given us an inner peace that the world doesn't have.  God's peace allows his people to be stable even in the midst of hard circumstances, difficult trials, and uncertain times.

It's no wonder Paul said that he could be content, or you could say stable, in all circumstances: "I have learned to be content (stable) whatever the circumstances.  I know what itís 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." (Philippians 4:11-12).

Can a person really be content or stable in all circumstances? What was Paul's "secret"? "I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).

The key to contentment and stability is drawing upon God's strength.  It's a way of life, itís looking to God for everything and trusting in God in everything.

Like Paul, a mature Christian is able to remain content and stable in all circumstances.

Stability is the mark of a mature Christian.