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Philippians 4:4     June 10, 2012 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi
Thanks for prayingand preparing snacks      for the VBS Faculty Room
Philippians 4:44 “Rejoice in the Lordalways; again I will say,rejoice!”
*The only sure, reliable,unwavering, unchangingsource of joy is God.
Certainly the wickedness,sorrow, misery and death inthis present darkness doesnot evoke joy in the averageperson.
Sometimes loved ones arenot a reliable source of joysince they can change, hurtyou or disappoint you.
Even believers often cannotfind reason to rejoice in theirspecific circumstances.
*That is why Paulcommands believers torejoice in the Lord.
The phrase “in the Lord”introduces an importantprinciple:Spiritual stability is directlyrelated to how a personthinks abou...
A. W. Tozer says:“What comes into our mindswhen we think about God isthe most important thingabout us.
The history of mankindshows that no people grouphas ever risen above itsreligion, and that no religionhas ever been greate...
For this reason the gravestquestion before the Churchis always God Himself, andthe most portentous factabout any man is no...
or do, but what he in hisdeep heart conceives God tobe like.We tend by a secret law ofthe soul to move toward ourmental im...
This is true not only of theindividual Christian, but ofthe company of Christiansthat composes the Church.
Always the most revealingthing about the Church isher idea of God, just as hermost significant message iswhat she says abo...
leaves unsaid, for her silenceis often more eloquent thanher speech.She can never escape theself-disclosure of herwitness ...
Were we able to extractfrom any man a completeanswer to the question,"What comes into your mindwhen you think about God?"w...
certainty the spiritual futureof that man.”A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)Reprint; New York:Harper & Row, 1975, 9
A smile increases your face value!
Smile a while & give  your face a rest.
We all smile in thesame language!
Knowledge of God is the keyto rejoicing in the Lord.Those who know the greattruths about God find it easyto rejoice; those...
difficult to rejoice.God gave the Psalms toIsrael in poetic form so theycould be easily memorizedand set to music.
The first three verses of thebook of Psalms promiseblessings to those whomeditate on Scripture:
1 “Blessed is the manwho does not walk in thecounsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path ofsinners,Nor sit in the seat of ...
2 But his delight is in the lawof the Lord,And on His law does hemeditate day and night.3 He will be like a tree firmlypla...
Which yields its fruit in itsseasonAnd its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, heprospers.”                Psalm...
It is from this knowledge ofGod and repeated recitation(meditation) and singing ofHis nature and attributesthat believers ...
So deep was the apostlesknowledge of Godscharacter and purposes thateven suffering for JesusChrist was a cause of joy:
Colossians 1: 10-12“walk in a manner worthy ofthe Lord, pleasing Him in allrespects, bearing fruit inevery good work andin...
of God; joyously givingthanks to the Father,”         Colossians 1:10-12
Philippians 4:5a“Let your gentle spirit beknown to all men.”
Epieikes (gentle spirit) has aricher meaning than anysingle English word canconvey.
Perhaps the bestcorresponding English wordis graciousness — thegraciousness of humility;the humble graciousnessthat produc...
to endure injustice,disgrace, and mistreatmentwithout retaliation,bitterness, or vengeance.    It is contentment.
Philippians 4:5a“Let your gracious humility(gentle spirit) be known toall men.”
A man has this quality of agentle spirit if he knowswhen not to apply the strictletter of the law, when torelax justice an...
The Christian, as Paul seesit, is the person who knowsthat there is somethingbeyond justice.When the woman taken inadulter...
Him, Jesus could haveapplied the letter of the Lawaccording to which sheshould have been stoned todeath; but he went beyon...
As far as justice goes, thereis not one of us whodeserves anything otherthan the condemnation ofGod, but He goes farbeyond...
*Why should a man be likethis?*Why should he have thisjoy and graciousgentleness in his life?
“gentle spirit" in v. 5 means"sweet reasonableness“.It is wonderful whenChristians can haveconvictions and yet be easyto g...
If we remember that life isshort, we will not wish toenforce the stern justicewhich so often divides menbut will wish to d...
God will deal with us.Justice is human, but thisgentle spirit (epieikeia) isdivine.
Gracious humility runscounter to the cult of self-love that was rampant inancient society, and isrampant in modern society...
1 Peter 5:5-75 “all of you, clotheyourselves with humilitytoward one another, for Godis opposed to the proud, butgives gra...
6 Therefore humbleyourselves under the mightyhand of God, that He mayexalt you at the proper time,
7 casting all your anxiety onHim, because He cares foryou.”
Focusing on self-esteem,self-fulfillment and self-loveleads only to greater andgreater instability andanxiety.
Those whose focus is not onthemselves cannot beknocked off balance byinequity, injustice, unfairtreatment, or lies.
It is hard to stumble whenyou are on your knees!
We can say with Paul, "Ihave learned to be contentin whatever circumstances Iam" (4:11).Spiritual stability belongs tothe ...
Philippians 4:5b“The Lord is near.”
Paul says that “the Lord isnear”.If we remember the comingtriumph of Christ, we cannever lose our hope and ourjoy.
There is no greater source ofspiritual stability than theconfidence that the Lord isnear.
“When it seems as if God isfar away, remind yourselfthat He is near.Nearness is not a matter ofgeography.God is everywhere.
Nearness is likeness.The more we become likethe Lord, the nearer He is tous.”           Warren Wiersbe
James 4:8“Draw near to God and Hewill draw near to you.”
The Lords nearness is thesense of His presence -He is near both to hear thecry of the believers heart,and to help and stre...
Because of Gods nearness,believers should not befearful, anxious, orwavering.
Unfortunately, when weface trials, believers oftenseem to forget what weknow about God.
We lose our confident trustin Him, lose our self-controland spiritual stability, andare defeated. Even strongbelievers are...
Both initially in justification,and continually insanctification, the Christianlife is a life of faith in God.
As he reminded himself ofthe greatness of his God,Habakkuks faith grewstronger.By the end of his prophecyhe was able to sing
triumphantly of Godsglorious nature and power:“Though the fig tree shouldnot blossom and there be nofruit on the vines, th...
fail and the fields produceno food, though the flockshould be cut off from thefold and there be no cattlein the stalls, ye...
God of my salvation.The Lord God is mystrength, and He has mademy feet like hinds feet, andmakes me walk on my highplaces....
Habakkuks faith in Godmade him a spirituallystable man — so much sothat even if the normal,dependable things in lifesudden...
would still rejoice in God.The Lord Who is near is thealmighty, true, and livingGod revealed in Scripture.Those who deligh...
power, love, and wisdomand cultivate a deepknowledge of Him bystudying and meditating onHis Word, will live by thefoundati...
and will be spiritually stable.
"The Lord is near" does notonly mean "His coming issoon," but also that He isnear to help us right now.
If we keep in mind that theLord is with us (Zeph. 3:17)in every circumstance, thenit is easier to obey Him andget along wi...
Zephaniah 3:17 NIV17 The Lord your God iswith you,  He is mighty to save.He will take great delight inyou,
He will quiet you with Hislove,  He will rejoice over youwith singing.”       Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
If we would but rejoice inHim and get our eyes onHim instead of on ourselves,we would have His joy andpeace and realize th...
Note the admonitions Paulgives:stand firm in the Lord;be of one mind in the Lord;rejoice in the Lord;the Lord is near at h...
This is "practicing thepresence of God,"seeing Him in everysituation of life, andallowing Him to work outHis perfect will.
Philippians 4:6-76 “Be anxious for nothing,but in everything by prayerand supplication withthanksgiving let yourrequests b...
unto God.7 And the peace of God,which surpasses allcomprehension, will guardyour hearts and your mindsin Christ Jesus.” Ph...
Because of the presence ofGod in our lives, believersare to be anxious fornothing. Nothing is outsideof His control or too...
A low view of God leads tomyriad of problems in thechurch.
A whole new philosophy ofthe Christian life hasresulted from this one basicerror in our religiousthinking.        (Tozer, ...
Weak, struggling, unstableChristians need to buildtheir strength on thefoundation of what theBible says about God.
The result of the churchsfailure to equip believerswith the knowledge of Godscharacter and works is a lackof understanding...
and a subsequent lack ofconfidence in Him.*The shifting sands ofshallow or faulty theologyprovide no stable footing forthe...
Philippians 4:6a6 “Be anxious for nothing”
Anxious, fretful, worried,harried believers areinherently unstable andvulnerable to trials andtemptations.
Anxiety is both a violation ofScripture and totallyunnecessary.In a magnificent passage inthe Sermon on the Mount,Jesus po...
folly of anxiety:25 “For this reason I say toyou, do not be worriedabout your life,
as to what you will eat orwhat you will drink; nor foryour body, as to what youwill put on.Is not life more than food,and ...
clothing?26 Look at the birds of theair, they do not sow, norreap nor gather into barns,and yet your heavenlyFather feeds ...
Are you not worth muchmore than they?
27 And who of you by beingworried can add a singlehour to his life?28 And why are you worriedabout clothing?
Observe how the lilies of thefield grow; they do not toilnor do they spin,29 yet I say to you that noteven Solomon in all ...
these.30 But if God so clothes thegrass of the field, which isalive today and tomorrow isthrown into the furnace, willHe n...
you? You of little faith!
31 Do not worry then,saying, ‘What will we eat?’or ‘What will we drink?’ or‘What will we wear forclothing?’
32 For the Gentiles eagerlyseek all these things; foryour heavenly Father knowsthat you need all thesethings.
33 But seek first Hiskingdom and Hisrighteousness, and all thesethings will be added to you.
34 So do not worry abouttomorrow; for tomorrowwill care for itself. Each dayhas enough trouble of itsown.”(Matthew 6:25-34)
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  1. 1. Philippians 4:4 June 10, 2012 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi
  2. 2. Thanks for prayingand preparing snacks for the VBS Faculty Room
  3. 3. Philippians 4:44 “Rejoice in the Lordalways; again I will say,rejoice!”
  4. 4. *The only sure, reliable,unwavering, unchangingsource of joy is God.
  5. 5. Certainly the wickedness,sorrow, misery and death inthis present darkness doesnot evoke joy in the averageperson.
  6. 6. Sometimes loved ones arenot a reliable source of joysince they can change, hurtyou or disappoint you.
  7. 7. Even believers often cannotfind reason to rejoice in theirspecific circumstances.
  8. 8. *That is why Paulcommands believers torejoice in the Lord.
  9. 9. The phrase “in the Lord”introduces an importantprinciple:Spiritual stability is directlyrelated to how a personthinks about God.
  10. 10. A. W. Tozer says:“What comes into our mindswhen we think about God isthe most important thingabout us.
  11. 11. The history of mankindshows that no people grouphas ever risen above itsreligion, and that no religionhas ever been greater thanits idea of God.
  12. 12. For this reason the gravestquestion before the Churchis always God Himself, andthe most portentous factabout any man is not whathe at a given time may say
  13. 13. or do, but what he in hisdeep heart conceives God tobe like.We tend by a secret law ofthe soul to move toward ourmental image of God.
  14. 14. This is true not only of theindividual Christian, but ofthe company of Christiansthat composes the Church.
  15. 15. Always the most revealingthing about the Church isher idea of God, just as hermost significant message iswhat she says about Him or
  16. 16. leaves unsaid, for her silenceis often more eloquent thanher speech.She can never escape theself-disclosure of herwitness concerning God.
  17. 17. Were we able to extractfrom any man a completeanswer to the question,"What comes into your mindwhen you think about God?"we might predict with
  18. 18. certainty the spiritual futureof that man.”A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)Reprint; New York:Harper & Row, 1975, 9
  19. 19. A smile increases your face value!
  20. 20. Smile a while & give your face a rest.
  21. 21. We all smile in thesame language!
  22. 22. Knowledge of God is the keyto rejoicing in the Lord.Those who know the greattruths about God find it easyto rejoice; those with littleknowledge of Him find it
  23. 23. difficult to rejoice.God gave the Psalms toIsrael in poetic form so theycould be easily memorizedand set to music.
  24. 24. The first three verses of thebook of Psalms promiseblessings to those whomeditate on Scripture:
  25. 25. 1 “Blessed is the manwho does not walk in thecounsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path ofsinners,Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
  26. 26. 2 But his delight is in the lawof the Lord,And on His law does hemeditate day and night.3 He will be like a tree firmlyplanted by streams of water,
  27. 27. Which yields its fruit in itsseasonAnd its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, heprospers.” Psalm 1:1-3
  28. 28. It is from this knowledge ofGod and repeated recitation(meditation) and singing ofHis nature and attributesthat believers joy flows.
  29. 29. So deep was the apostlesknowledge of Godscharacter and purposes thateven suffering for JesusChrist was a cause of joy:
  30. 30. Colossians 1: 10-12“walk in a manner worthy ofthe Lord, pleasing Him in allrespects, bearing fruit inevery good work andincreasing in the knowledge
  31. 31. of God; joyously givingthanks to the Father,” Colossians 1:10-12
  32. 32. Philippians 4:5a“Let your gentle spirit beknown to all men.”
  33. 33. Epieikes (gentle spirit) has aricher meaning than anysingle English word canconvey.
  34. 34. Perhaps the bestcorresponding English wordis graciousness — thegraciousness of humility;the humble graciousnessthat produces the patience
  35. 35. to endure injustice,disgrace, and mistreatmentwithout retaliation,bitterness, or vengeance. It is contentment.
  36. 36. Philippians 4:5a“Let your gracious humility(gentle spirit) be known toall men.”
  37. 37. A man has this quality of agentle spirit if he knowswhen not to apply the strictletter of the law, when torelax justice and when tointroduce mercy.
  38. 38. The Christian, as Paul seesit, is the person who knowsthat there is somethingbeyond justice.When the woman taken inadultery was brought before
  39. 39. Him, Jesus could haveapplied the letter of the Lawaccording to which sheshould have been stoned todeath; but he went beyondjustice.
  40. 40. As far as justice goes, thereis not one of us whodeserves anything otherthan the condemnation ofGod, but He goes farbeyond justice.
  41. 41. *Why should a man be likethis?*Why should he have thisjoy and graciousgentleness in his life?
  42. 42. “gentle spirit" in v. 5 means"sweet reasonableness“.It is wonderful whenChristians can haveconvictions and yet be easyto get along with!
  43. 43. If we remember that life isshort, we will not wish toenforce the stern justicewhich so often divides menbut will wish to deal withmen in love, as we hope that
  44. 44. God will deal with us.Justice is human, but thisgentle spirit (epieikeia) isdivine.
  45. 45. Gracious humility runscounter to the cult of self-love that was rampant inancient society, and isrampant in modern societyas well.
  46. 46. 1 Peter 5:5-75 “all of you, clotheyourselves with humilitytoward one another, for Godis opposed to the proud, butgives grace to the humble.
  47. 47. 6 Therefore humbleyourselves under the mightyhand of God, that He mayexalt you at the proper time,
  48. 48. 7 casting all your anxiety onHim, because He cares foryou.”
  49. 49. Focusing on self-esteem,self-fulfillment and self-loveleads only to greater andgreater instability andanxiety.
  50. 50. Those whose focus is not onthemselves cannot beknocked off balance byinequity, injustice, unfairtreatment, or lies.
  51. 51. It is hard to stumble whenyou are on your knees!
  52. 52. We can say with Paul, "Ihave learned to be contentin whatever circumstances Iam" (4:11).Spiritual stability belongs tothe graciously humble.
  53. 53. Philippians 4:5b“The Lord is near.”
  54. 54. Paul says that “the Lord isnear”.If we remember the comingtriumph of Christ, we cannever lose our hope and ourjoy.
  55. 55. There is no greater source ofspiritual stability than theconfidence that the Lord isnear.
  56. 56. “When it seems as if God isfar away, remind yourselfthat He is near.Nearness is not a matter ofgeography.God is everywhere.
  57. 57. Nearness is likeness.The more we become likethe Lord, the nearer He is tous.” Warren Wiersbe
  58. 58. James 4:8“Draw near to God and Hewill draw near to you.”
  59. 59. The Lords nearness is thesense of His presence -He is near both to hear thecry of the believers heart,and to help and strengthenthem.
  60. 60. Because of Gods nearness,believers should not befearful, anxious, orwavering.
  61. 61. Unfortunately, when weface trials, believers oftenseem to forget what weknow about God.
  62. 62. We lose our confident trustin Him, lose our self-controland spiritual stability, andare defeated. Even strongbelievers are not immune toan occasional lapse.
  63. 63. Both initially in justification,and continually insanctification, the Christianlife is a life of faith in God.
  64. 64. As he reminded himself ofthe greatness of his God,Habakkuks faith grewstronger.By the end of his prophecyhe was able to sing
  65. 65. triumphantly of Godsglorious nature and power:“Though the fig tree shouldnot blossom and there be nofruit on the vines, thoughthe yield of the olive should
  66. 66. fail and the fields produceno food, though the flockshould be cut off from thefold and there be no cattlein the stalls, yet I will exult inthe Lord, I will rejoice in the
  67. 67. God of my salvation.The Lord God is mystrength, and He has mademy feet like hinds feet, andmakes me walk on my highplaces.” (Hab 3:17-19)
  68. 68. Habakkuks faith in Godmade him a spirituallystable man — so much sothat even if the normal,dependable things in lifesuddenly collapsed, he
  69. 69. would still rejoice in God.The Lord Who is near is thealmighty, true, and livingGod revealed in Scripture.Those who delightthemselves in His holy
  70. 70. power, love, and wisdomand cultivate a deepknowledge of Him bystudying and meditating onHis Word, will live by thefoundation of that truth
  71. 71. and will be spiritually stable.
  72. 72. "The Lord is near" does notonly mean "His coming issoon," but also that He isnear to help us right now.
  73. 73. If we keep in mind that theLord is with us (Zeph. 3:17)in every circumstance, thenit is easier to obey Him andget along with other people.
  74. 74. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV17 The Lord your God iswith you, He is mighty to save.He will take great delight inyou,
  75. 75. He will quiet you with Hislove, He will rejoice over youwith singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
  76. 76. If we would but rejoice inHim and get our eyes onHim instead of on ourselves,we would have His joy andpeace and realize that He isnear!
  77. 77. Note the admonitions Paulgives:stand firm in the Lord;be of one mind in the Lord;rejoice in the Lord;the Lord is near at hand!
  78. 78. This is "practicing thepresence of God,"seeing Him in everysituation of life, andallowing Him to work outHis perfect will.
  79. 79. Philippians 4:6-76 “Be anxious for nothing,but in everything by prayerand supplication withthanksgiving let yourrequests be made known
  80. 80. unto God.7 And the peace of God,which surpasses allcomprehension, will guardyour hearts and your mindsin Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
  81. 81. Because of the presence ofGod in our lives, believersare to be anxious fornothing. Nothing is outsideof His control or too difficultfor Him to handle.
  82. 82. A low view of God leads tomyriad of problems in thechurch.
  83. 83. A whole new philosophy ofthe Christian life hasresulted from this one basicerror in our religiousthinking. (Tozer, TheKnowledge of the Holy, 6)
  84. 84. Weak, struggling, unstableChristians need to buildtheir strength on thefoundation of what theBible says about God.
  85. 85. The result of the churchsfailure to equip believerswith the knowledge of Godscharacter and works is a lackof understanding of Hisnature and purposes,
  86. 86. and a subsequent lack ofconfidence in Him.*The shifting sands ofshallow or faulty theologyprovide no stable footing forthe believer.
  87. 87. Philippians 4:6a6 “Be anxious for nothing”
  88. 88. Anxious, fretful, worried,harried believers areinherently unstable andvulnerable to trials andtemptations.
  89. 89. Anxiety is both a violation ofScripture and totallyunnecessary.In a magnificent passage inthe Sermon on the Mount,Jesus pointed out the sinful
  90. 90. folly of anxiety:25 “For this reason I say toyou, do not be worriedabout your life,
  91. 91. as to what you will eat orwhat you will drink; nor foryour body, as to what youwill put on.Is not life more than food,and the body more than
  92. 92. clothing?26 Look at the birds of theair, they do not sow, norreap nor gather into barns,and yet your heavenlyFather feeds them.
  93. 93. Are you not worth muchmore than they?
  94. 94. 27 And who of you by beingworried can add a singlehour to his life?28 And why are you worriedabout clothing?
  95. 95. Observe how the lilies of thefield grow; they do not toilnor do they spin,29 yet I say to you that noteven Solomon in all his gloryclothed himself like one of
  96. 96. these.30 But if God so clothes thegrass of the field, which isalive today and tomorrow isthrown into the furnace, willHe not much more clothe
  97. 97. you? You of little faith!
  98. 98. 31 Do not worry then,saying, ‘What will we eat?’or ‘What will we drink?’ or‘What will we wear forclothing?’
  99. 99. 32 For the Gentiles eagerlyseek all these things; foryour heavenly Father knowsthat you need all thesethings.
  100. 100. 33 But seek first Hiskingdom and Hisrighteousness, and all thesethings will be added to you.
  101. 101. 34 So do not worry abouttomorrow; for tomorrowwill care for itself. Each dayhas enough trouble of itsown.”(Matthew 6:25-34)

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