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Hey what’s up everyone, today we conclude our series in the book of Philippians chapter 4. And I want to break this up into three parts. First, there is a prayer we need to pray. Second, there is a principle we need to learn. Finally there is a promise we need to claim.
Prayer to Pray
a. Do not be anxious – the word means to be pulled in so many directions
b. Why? Anxiety is the number one thing that will steal and rob us of joy.
a. About everything – This lets us know that God is concerned about the most minute details of our lives.
b. Petition – Specific request for benefit
c. Thanksgiving – Grateful acknowledgement of God’s blessing
a. Peace exchange – “You give me your weight and in exchange I’ll give you my peace.”
i. This peace is the result of knowing that you are transferring the weight from you to God and you’re putting the ball in God’s court and you can now hold God to fulfill His promises to you.
ii. It will surpass all human understanding and comprehension.
iii. Peace OF God – It’s a peace that ONLY God can give to you that the world won’t understand. It’s the result of knowin
iv. This peace will guard your heart (from wrong feelings) and your mind (from wrong thinking).
4. Principle to Learn
a. Contentment – The first thing that we notice is that Paul said that he “learned” how to be content in all circumstances which means this is NOT something that just happens overnight. This is something that is learned over time and through experience.
b. The key to his contentment was twofold.
i. POWER: Christ who gave him the strength. Phil. 4:13 has been one of the most misquoted verses in the Bible. People rip this verse out of content to suggest that we can do anything we put our minds to like run a marathon, become a doctor, become a professional athlete. But Paul isn’t referring to any of that. Rather, he is talking about being able to be content whether he’s ballin’ on top or struggling to provide.
ii. PERSPECTIVE #1: Paul clearly had the right perspective on material things. In 1 Tim. 6:6-8 he says, “we came into the world with nothing and we will leave with nothing. So with food and clothing I’ll be content.” Now I admit I’m not there yet! But because Paul had the right perspective he was able to experience contentment.
iii. PERSPECTIVE #2: Secondly, Paul understood that temptations come with both being rich and being poor. It’s interesting here that Paul said he had to “learn how to be content being rich.” He understood that when you’re rich you will experience different temptations. First, to feel self-sufficient and to trust in your wealth rather than in God. And secondly the temptation to be greedy because once you get a taste of wealth you want more and more. If you’re poor you may be prone to steal or resort to unethical means to provide for yourself (see Prov. 30:7-9).
c. LESSON: It’s easy for us to be content when we have more than enough. The true test of our faith is how we respond in the low seasons when our change is strange and our money is funny.
Promise to Claim
1. Paul says here that God will supply all of our needs. The problem is that we get our needs mixed up with our greeds.