Godliness with contentment is great gain, " Paul wrote to timothy (1Timothy 6:6) The apostle wanted his protege' to understand that being grateful for the basics of life would help keep him from the trap of covetousness.
So let's focus on the wonders of God's grace, training ourselves to make a spirit of gratitude pervade our lives, that is the way to experience joy today and to be forever joyful. When you look at others with their lands and gold, think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold; count your many blessings, as for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him, saying, master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be whom these things shall come to pass? And he said, take heed that ye be not deceived, for many shall come in my name, saying.
I am Christ and the time drawth near go not therefore after them. But when ye shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and the time but when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified for these things must first come to pass, but end is not by and by. Of course, no descendants of Adam can fully control his imperfect flesh.
(Romans 7:21,22) still,still self-control is a fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) Hence God's spirit will produce self-control in us if we pray for this quality, If we apply the appropriate counsel that is found in the scriptures and if we associate with others who manifest it and avoid those who do not. (Psalms 119:100,101,130;Proverbs 13:20:1 Peter4-7)