(Romans 7:24). Often he clears little more than fifty cents a day. Think less of the power of things over you and more of the power of Christ in you. The result, according to Paul, is "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding," that "will guard [our] hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. Let us keep to Paul’s line, and we shall have the God of peace with us as He was with the apostle. It's not the words we pray that matter, it's the condition of our heart. As we flip from channel to channel, is there any connection between what we decide to watch and what is in our heart? On the eve of the execution of Christian martyr Nicholas Ridley (1500-1555), his brother offered to stay with him in the prison to be of comfort. Sermon by Tony Hobbs – 17th April 2016. It is, as Paul said, choosing to be content "in whatever state I am" (Phil. You're not what you think you are; but what you THINK—you are! Author: Claudia Kalb and E. White. Best of all, we can anticipate global peace when our Savior, the Prince of Peace, returns. I knew a man who was fighting a valiant battle with cancer. After they had carried him but a short distance, he urged them to put him down and go back to rescue someone else. 17:8-16), and who provided wine at a small-town wedding (Jn. 5. Philippians 4:4 Christian Joy; WILLIAM BURKITT. --Philippians 4:19. Mighty strength in our inner being, "through His Spirit" (Ephesians 3:16). The same advice may be expressed in these words: Don't let your behavior contradict your professed belief. When we need forgiveness, God says He will forgive us if we confess our sins (1 Jn. Most people own a calendar or an appointment book in which they record details of future commitments. Instead of prayer being a last resort, it should be one of the first things we do. As far as we can know, Mahatma Gandhi never became a Christian, but he made a statement that we who follow Jesus would do well to ponder. She told me that she and her husband set out in their marriage to seek God's will for their lives and entrust their future to Him. The lad pinched his nose and exclaimed, "Who's been smoking in here!" —Joanie Yoder. G. Bosch. --D J De Haan, O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done. What we can't avoid we need to reject before it becomes a part of the way we think. All these only incite discontent, for when one obtains them, he finds he still is not satisfied. Every so often, I see a small group of them sitting on the roadway tearing apart the carcass of some unfortunate creature. H. Bickersteth. Everyone of us has prayed many times. Fear Worry Misconceptions. –J D Branon, Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Then, whenever he accomplishes something unusual or difficult, he records it in his diary in the evening. He can give us the hope we need. It has always been among men, and perhaps more so today than ever, when the pressure of life is heavier and the constraint of circumstances more imperious. 1:9). Whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, … meditate on these things. Throughout Lincoln's professional life as a lawyer he always had a partner. The good news is that God's Word does promise riches to the believer. As you enter each new day, ask God to strengthen and use you. Prayer -Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others—with kindness, not criticism; with love, not anger; with grace, not judgment. The boy responded, "Don't you know it's not good for you?" —Farrell. He asked, "Why couldn't I have gone to a better school? * The index finger is the pointer. In a few minutes, however, an officer stopped to ask him whether he could assist him in any way. The people of the church were surprised but pleased—until they received notice that the would-be tavern owner was suing them. When faced with the choice of self-pity or rejoicing, let's respond with rejoicing. I often see her stretching her head through the fence, while right behind her is everything she needs—excellent grazing land, beautiful shade trees, a cool, refreshing stream of water, and even a big chunk of salt. One day as it passed with her ladyship over London's Westminster Bridge, the tiny watch exclaimed, "I wish I could go up there! He is giving you grace; give Him thanks. But what kind of peace did Jesus have? … that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance. I grew up in the 1930s during the Great Depression. 4:15), and he wanted to say thanks. Christ, "the hope of glory," living in us (Colossians 1:27). In Romans 12:18, Paul urged believers, “As much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Peace with others can become a reality. The Scriptures repeatedly warn us against this grievous sin. Author: William J. Bennett. My mind processes it, and it becomes a part of me. Depressed people have as many as six hundred. To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or Login. No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down. —Philippians 4:8, An executive of the world's largest toymaker said, "We are such a machine in terms of what we deliver on an annual basis that it doesn't allow time to think.". What more could she want?". Our requests must be in line with God's Word, and they must come from sincere hearts. Lord, give me strength for this day's task, "The Lord has been my guide today." Sweet Understanding Series Teach the Text One Volume Sermon Maxie Dunnam. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress. Philippians 4. Only after all other options were eliminated did the person decide to pray. A college girl who was a fine scholar and had a noble spirit volunteered to be a counselor at a girl's camp. Having all our needs met by God (Philippians 4:19). —R. But it's the only way to overcome dissatisfaction and anger about uncontrollable circumstances. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13-16). Philippians 4:13 has been a puzzle to many people. But prayer is an effective way to handle difficulties of all sizes. Feeling hopeless reminds us that we are helpless without God. Go only to your God, the Father of Jesus, who loves you in Him. We need to take prayer seriously. It was a crisis of major proportions that had ominous implications for him and for the future of his company. "fish bread" will search for verses that contains "fish bread" in minimum 1 bible version. Some people are honest only because they have never had a good chance to steal anything. It's easy to get sidetracked by problems that won't matter at life's end—difficult neighbors, a tight budget, signs of aging, people who are wealthier than you. This is Premium Content. We are full and we forget God: satisfied with earth, we are content to do without heaven. ", Let's remember that "the joy of the Lord is [our] strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Paul did not come to this happy philosophy of life in a moment. ", In both of these instances, prayer was seen as a last-ditch effort to resolve the problem. Using the leverage of prayer with our problems can keep us from becoming victims of worry. Brother, hush that murmur, natural though it be, and continue a diligent pupil in the College of Content. But he didn't. 4:19). We are to be occupied with the Scriptures, with loving attitudes and holy de-sires. —James 2:22. It is these riches that we must seek, enjoy, and use to glorify their source—our heavenly Father.—Dave Branon. Philippians 3:20, 4:1-3. For example, he may write, "Today I was enabled to share my testimony with a friend." Jesus is our example, for He did the Father's will in everything (Jn. Posted on April 18, 2016 by Admin. Philippians 4:4-9 Philippians 4:8 "Think Right" GEMS Sunday Introduction Did you girls eat anything before coming to worship this evening? Hyde was horrified when he realized that he had judged the man harshly. Their gifts bore spiritual fruit (v. 27). His goal was to proclaim the gospel to people who had not heard about Jesus. To do this we can begin passing on to others the goodness God has given us rather than burdening them with complaints about what He hasn't given us.—D C Egner, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Sursum Corda! We must honor and love them. As Christians, we know that the ability to think is a God-given gift. -- Philippians 4:1-9-- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A. * The index finger is the pointer. Yes, no matter which way the wind is blowing, God is love. Do you want to be rich? We can be victorious through Christ's strength, but we shouldn't force this truth on people who are feeling overwhelmed. He began at the home of the school president. Jesus said, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. "Whom the Lord loves He chastens" (Hebrews 12:6). The Lord answers prayer, and He wants us to come to Him continually with all of our needs (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The image on the TV screen captures our attention and we sit down to watch. The Father's will is always infused with infinite love and wisdom. I should like to shake his hand. We must be thankful to all the people who helped us. Do not worry about your life. He found that 40 percent of them were apprehensive over things that never happened. Clear away the cobwebs of doubt, frustration, and anger. He had used up all his ammunition shooting at the “saints.”, Rejoice in the Lord always. It's time to start praying. Let us give, expecting nothing again, with full measure, pressed down, and running over; give, not only money, but love and tenderness and human sympathy; give as one who is always receiving from the boundless resources of God. For example, Fanny Crosby lost her sight when she was only 6 weeks old. Just as the eye of the body is perpetually washed with tear-water, so let us ask that the precious blood of Christ may cleanse away any speck of impurity. Worry is merely unbelief parading in disguise! —Anon. Yes, Lord, I do believe thee; but, I beseech thee help mine unbelief. —R W De Haan, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything … let your requests be made known to God. 4:19). Sometimes when we pray, God dispels difficulty as easily as the sun burns off a morning mist. (Philippians 4:6-7). Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us. We lift them up unto the Lord! READ: Philippians 4:4-9. I keep thinking that I can't be content as long as he's not a believer. By our prayers and by our example, let us be peacemakers who help to fulfill the angelic message: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14). A young boy was at the barbershop for a haircut. In this way, if anything happened to him before turning over the money, no one could dispute the amount and for whom it was intended. Philippians 3:12-4:1 Pressing On When the Pressures On; Philippians 4:4-9 To Rejoice is a Choice; Philippians 4:10-13 Wanting What You Already Have; Philippians 4:14-23 Giving God Your Best; BRIDGEWAY. Jesus’ promise of peace In Jesus’ great discourse to His disciples in John chapters 13-16, Jesus makes some specific promises about peace: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. In Indiana, a frustrated taxpayer recently noticed the following sign on a bureaucrat's desk in the county office building: "We Don't Make Change." Contentment Sexual Promiscuity Marriage. all: "fish", without: "bread", will search for verses that contains "fish" but NOT "bread", search for verses that contains words that start with the search words, "fis" will search for verses that contains words start with "fis", the result will be "fish", "fishing", "fisherman", etc. (No credit card needed.) As I neared the top of the steps, I saw an old plaque that I had forgotten. Playing The Hand You're Dealt. -- Luke 12:15. Let's also take comfort in the teachings of Jesus, who in John 15:11 said, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." Putting a large crowbar under one side, he found to his surprise that the rock was less than a foot thick. Our highest privilege is to talk to God; our highest duty is to listen to Him. We can follow Paul's example of focusing on what God has done and what He can do in the lives of others (Ephesians 1:17-21). ", God does want honesty of heart. 146:3. —H. And we may be troubled by personal problems and crises. But now, through prayer, my heavy load of worry became God's, and His lightweight gift of peace became mine. Our business goes through good times and bad. In 1892, John Hyde boarded a ship in New York harbor and set out for India. What you are experiencing has either been sent or it has been allowed by Him for your good. —Richard De Haan. What would happen if we began this kind of thinking together in our churches and homes? Preaching Today provides pastors and preachers sermon prep help with sermon illustrations, sermons, sermon ideas, and preaching articles. Take, for example, an American woman whose dream of riding a train through the English countryside came true. First, it means surrendering our desires and will to the heavenly Father. Ridley declined, saying that he planned to sleep as soundly as usual. —Dave Branon. As he was mortally wounded, he knew there was no hope for him anyway. Occasionally she would take out a slip of paper and review the concern written on it. The pure and the noble—it all points to You; For if we consider what's worthy of praise, We'll then want to live for You all of our days. And when at last he had attained unto it, and could say, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content,” he was an old, grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave—a poor prisoner shut up in Nero’s dungeon at Rome. But doesn't your disability color your life?" Some even said they were glad there was an eternal hell for those who had made this decision. Philippians 4 Commentary; JOHN BROADUS . Here's his approach: Each morning he prays, "Lord, I go forth in Your strength alone. ", We all should make it our goal to live in such a way that the word honest sounds right in front of our name. They have made money, and their gold-bags are piled around them as a fortress; they have rich and influential friends, within whose protection they imagine they will be sheltered and defended; they enjoy good health, and are held in high esteem. Their initial response was "grief, shock, and disbelief." Courage Commitment War. This process of absorbing words and ideas is not unique to speakers and authors. And I need all of that I can get, don't you? PHILIPPIANS ILLUSTRATIONS How much better is the spiritual diet the Bible suggests: "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8). "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.". 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