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    • PHILIPPIANS 4:9 JULY 8, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MS USA
    • Wiersbes ExpositoryOutlines on the NewTestament. Copyright ©1992 by Chariot VictorPublishing, an imprint ofCook Communication Min.
    • The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur,Jr., 1983-2007.
    • Philippians 4:9“The things you havelearned and received andheard and seen in me,practice these things, andthe God of peace will be
    • with you.” Philippians 4:9
    • The things we are to dwellon and practice are from v 8:true, honor, righteousness,pure, lovely things, things ofgood repute, excellence,and things worthy of praise.
    • Warren Wiersbe’s summaryof Philippians, chapter 4:God’s Presence v 1-5God’s Peace v 6-9God’s Power v 10-13God’s Provision v 14-23
    • God’s Presencev5 - “The Lord is near”.God’s Peacev7 - “the peace of Godwhich surpasses allcomprehension”.
    • God’s Powerv 13 – “I can do all thingsthrough Christ Whostrengthens me”.
    • Philippians 4:6-9Gods Peace"Peace with God" is theresult of faith in Christ. Romans 5:1
    • Romans 5:1“Therefore, having beenjustified by faith, we havepeace with God through ourLord Jesus Christ,”
    • “The peace of God" and thepresence of "the God ofpeace" will come when thebeliever practices:right praying, right thinking,and right living.
    • RIGHT PRAYING (4:6-7)
    • Philippians 4:6-76 “Be anxious for nothing,but in everything by prayerand supplication withthanksgiving let yourrequests be made known to
    • God.7 And the peace of God,which surpasses allcomprehension, will guardyour hearts and your mindsin Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
    • Right praying (v.6-7)“Thankful praying” pleasesGod and leads to having Hispeace in our lives thatsurpasses all understanding.
    • RIGHT THINKING (4:8)
    • Philippians 4:88 “Finally, brethren,whatever is true,whatever is honorable,whatever is right,whatever is pure,
    • whatever is lovely,whatever is of good repute,if there is any excellence andif anything worthy ofpraise, dwell on thesethings.” Philippians 4:8
    • Right thinking (v. 8)“Dwell on these things!”Peace involves the mind(Isa 26:3 and Rom 8:6).
    • Isaiah 26:3“The steadfast of mind Youwill keep in perfect peace.”Romans 8:6“the mind set on the Spirit islife and peace.”
    • *Our thoughts are powerful;“As a man thinketh, so ishe." Proverbs 23:7
    • Wrong thoughts will lead tounrest and discouragement,but proper spiritual thinkingwill lead to peace.*Paul tells us in this versewhat to think about;
    • if you compare the eightvirtues found in Phil 4:8 toPsalm 19:7-9, you will seethat the Word of God meetsall of these requirements.
    • Psalm 19:7-97 “The law of the LORD isperfect, restoring the soul;The testimony of the LORDis sure, making wise thesimple.
    • 8 The precepts of the LORDare right, rejoicing theheart;The commandment of theLORD is pure, enlighteningthe eyes.
    • 9 The fear of the LORD isclean, enduring forever;The judgments of the LORDare true;They are righteousaltogether.” Psalm 19:7-9
    • *Meditation on the Word ofGod will always bring peace.165 “Those who love Yourlaw have great peace,And nothing causes them tostumble.” Psalm 119:165
    • 1 Right praying (v6-7)Thankful praying2 Right thinking (v8)from God’s word3 Right living (v9)
    • RIGHT LIVING (4:9)
    • 9 “The things you havelearned and received andheard and seen in me,practice (live) these things,and the God of peace will bewith you.” Philippians 4:9
    • Right living (Phil 4:9):If there is something in mylife I dare not pray about,then I will never have peace.*Right living always bringspeace: Isa 32:17 & 48:18.
    • Isaiah 32:1717 “The work ofrighteousness will be peace,and the service ofrighteousness, quietnessand confidence forever.”
    • Isaiah 48:1818 “If only you had paidattention to Mycommandments! Then yourpeace would have been likea river…”
    • It is not enough to use theBible as a basis for prayingand claiming its promises;we must also use it as abasis for our living andobeying its precepts.
    • John 14:2121 “He who has Mycommandments and keepsthem is the one who lovesMe; and he who loves Mewill be loved by My Father,
    • and I will love him and willdisclose Myself to him.” John 14:21
    • Right living (Phil 4:9)
    • James 4:1-11 says that:wrong praying (4:3),wrong living (4:4), andwrong thinking (4:8)bring war instead of peace!
    • James 4:11 “What is the source ofquarrels and conflicts amongyou? Is not the source yourpleasures that wage war inyour members?”
    • James 4:3 (Wrong praying)3 “You ask and do notreceive, because youask with wrong motives, sothat you may spend it onyour pleasures.”
    • James 4:4 (Wrong living)4 “You adulteresses, do younot know that friendshipwith the world is hostilitytoward God?Therefore whoever wishes
    • to be a friend of the worldmakes himself an enemy ofGod.” (Wrong living) James 4:4
    • James 4:8 (Wrong thinking)8 “Draw near to God and Hewill draw near to you.Cleanse your hands, yousinners; and purify yourhearts, you double-minded.”
    • James 4:1-11 says that:wrong praying (4:3),wrong living (4:4), andwrong thinking (4:8)bring war instead of peace!
    • Philippians 4:6-9 says that:right praying (v6-7),right thinking (v8) andright living (v9)bring the peace of God!
    • Warren Wiersbe’ssummary:God’s Presence v 1-5God’s Peace v 6-9God’s Power v 10-13God’s Provision v 14-23
    • God’s Power v 10-13Philippians 4:10-1310“But I rejoiced in the Lordgreatly, that now at last youhave revived your concernfor me; indeed, you were
    • concerned before,but you lacked opportunity.11 Not that I speak fromwant, for I have learned tobe content in whatevercircumstances I am.
    • 12 I know how to get alongwith humble means, and Ialso know how to live inprosperity; in any and everycircumstance I have learnedthe secret of being filled and
    • going hungry, both of havingabundance and sufferingneed.13 I can do all things throughHim Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:10-13
    • Philippians 4:10b“indeed, you wereconcerned before but youlacked opportunity.”
    • The Philippians hadgenerously supported himwhen he left Philippi tominister in the cities ofThessalonica, Berea, Athensand Corinth.
    • Now, Epaphroditus arrivedin Rome, bringing with himanother generous gift fromthe Philippians (4:18) forwhich Paul rejoiced in theLord greatly.
    • He rejoiced primarily notbecause the gift met hisneed, but because it gaveevidence of their love forhim.
    • His joy overflowed becausenow at last, after ten years,they had revived theirconcern for him.
    • The Greek verb translatedrevived is a horticulturalterm describing a plantflowering again.
    • The Philippians generousaffection for Paul, after lyingdormant for nearly tenyears, had once againbloomed.
    • Pauls gracious attitudereflects his patientconfidence in Godssovereign providence.He was certain that God indue time would arrange his
    • circumstances to meet hisneeds.There was no panic on hispart, no attempt tomanipulate people, notaking matters into his own
    • hands.Paul was content becausehe knew that the times,seasons, and opportunitiesof life are controlled by thesovereign God “Who works
    • all things after the counselof His will" (Eph 1:11),thereby causing "all thingsto work together for goodto those who love God, tothose who are called
    • according to His purpose"(Rom 8:28).
    • Those who seek to controltheir own lives willinevitably be frustrated.
    • A confident trust in Godsprovidence is foundationalto contentment.1) Providence and2) Miracle are the two waysGod acts in the world.
    • A miracle is Gods directintervention into the naturalworld.It is an event so contrary tothe normal course of eventsthat there is no scientific or
    • naturalistic explanation forit other than the power ofGod.There is no natural insight toexplain the parting of theRed Sea, restoring the sight
    • of those blind from birth, orraising people from thedead.
    • On the other hand, Godsprovidence is not miraculousin the sense that it does notinterrupt the natural order.
    • Rather, it allows for all thecontingencies, events,words, acts, decisions, andelements of normal life.
    • God supernaturally weavesthem all together to fit Hispurpose exactly.This is as supernatural as amiracle.
    • Solomon acknowledgedGods providential controlover events when he wrote,"The mind of man plans hisway, but the Lord directs hissteps" (Prov 16:9; 19:21).
    • God providentially arrangedfor Joseph to rise to a highposition in Egypt topreserve His people.As Joseph explained to hisbrothers, "As for you, you
    • meant evil against me, butGod meant it for good inorder to bring about thispresent result, to preservemany people alive"(Gen 50:20).
    • God also providentiallyarranged for Esther to be ina position to save Israel, asMordecai reminded her:"For if you remain silent atthis time, relief and
    • deliverance will arise for theJews from another placeand you and your fathershouse will perish.And who knows whetheryou have not attained
    • royalty for such a time asthis?" (Esther 4:14).
    • An understanding of Godssovereign, providentialcontrol of events is criticalto contentment.
    • Philippians 4:1111“Not that I speak fromwant, for I have learned tobe content in whatevercircumstances I am.”
    • Lest the Philippiansmisunderstand hisstatement in verse 10, Paulquickly added a disclaimer.He did not mean to implythat he spoke from want
    • when he thanked them fortheir gift.In fact, he had learned to becontent in whatevercircumstances he foundhimself.
    • Though his situation wasextremely difficult, Paul wasnot discontent.It did not matter that he wasa prisoner, living in a smallapartment, chained to a
    • Roman soldier, subsistingon a sparse diet.
    • None of that affected Paul’scontentment, because hewas satisfied with what littlehe had.
    • His contentment was notaffected by his physicaldeprivations since truecontentment comes onlyfrom God, and enablesbelievers to be satisfied and
    • at ease in the midst of anyproblem. (joy vs happiness)The contented attitude ofsomeone like Paul is rare intodays society.
    • People are not content evenwhen they have a lot.In fact, it seems that thosewho are the wealthiest areoften the most miserableand discontented.
    • Instead, people are obsessedwith delineating their needsand loudly demanding thatthose needs be met & be metnow.“Hey! What about me?”
    • “Meeting my needs” hasbecome the number onevalue in our culture.Starting from thehumanistic premise thatGod does not exist and man
    • is therefore ultimate, thegoal of life for many peoplebecomes getting their needsmet.Adding to the discontent isthe blurring of the
    • distinction between needsand wants.In actual practice, todayvirtually everything hasbecome a "need“ not a want.
    • Philippians 4:1919 “And my God willsupply all your needsaccording to His riches inglory in Christ Jesus.”
    • Today men "need" the latesthunting equipment, thelargest screen TV, and afancier car; while ladies"need” nicer clothes, plasticsurgery and a better house;
    • children "need" the freedomto express themselvesoutside the "bondage" ofparental control.Like a hamster runningaround and around on a
    • wheel and going nowhere,
    • people desperately chasethe contentment that isalways tantalizingly just outof reach.
    • Even many churches havebegun to build theirministries around peoples"felt needs."
    • But Paul knew that the chiefend of man is not to have hisneeds met, but to glorifyGod and enjoy Him forever.Because of that, Paul wassatisfied with whatever God
    • graciously granted him.As he wrote to Timothy, "Ifwe have food and covering,with these we shall becontent" (1 Tim 6:8).
    • Paul was content to let Godcontrol things.When difficult times came,he remained contentbecause he was satisfiedwith whatever he had.
    • Philippians 4:1212“I know how to get alongwith humble means, and Ialso know how to live inprosperity; in any and everycircumstance I have learned
    • the secret of being filled andgoing hungry, both ofhaving abundanceand suffering need.” Philippians 4:12
    • The twice-repeated phrase“I know how . . . I also knowhow” reveals that he hadlearned by experience andspiritual maturity to liveabove his circumstances and
    • not to let them affect hiscontentment, his joy.That is an important lessonfor believers to learn, for it isthe difficult circumstancesin life that most frequently
    • steal our contentment.Steve Saint update:http://youtu.be/N2jfgR0cCGc