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Choices_of_the_Heart_Part_8_Standing_Firm_in_the_Lord

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The difference between standing firm in the Lord and a slippery slope is not experiencing conflict, but how we handle conflict.

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Choices_of_the_Heart_Part_8_Standing_Firm_in_the_Lord

  1. 1. Philippians 4:1-2 Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. www.networkbible.org
  2. 2. Philippians 4:3-5 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women, who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. www.networkbible.org
  3. 3. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. www.networkbible.org
  4. 4. Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. www.networkbible.org
  5. 5. To stand firm we must beware the slippery slope of CONFLICT The difference between standing firm in the Lord and a slippery slope is not experiencing conflict, but how we HANDLE conflict. …we must LEARN to work through our DIFFERENCES with other believers.
  6. 6. We must beware the slippery slope of RIGID LEGALISM Standing firm in the Lord is allowing Him to DIRECT how we RELATE to others… We must beware the slippery slope of allowing our CIRCUMSTANCES to shape our ATTITUDES rather than the Lord.
  7. 7. “Always” separates our CAUSE for JOY from our circumstances and roots it in the Lord. The more we rejoice the more we will CONVERT our CIRCUMSTANCES into occasions for prayer…
  8. 8. The CONTENT of your CONTEMPLATION will either aid you in standing firm or create a slippery slope. “think about these things” that you may be able to TRANSLATE them into practice.
  9. 9. Please take a moment to fill out your Communication Card My Next Step Today is to: ( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin) ( ) Examine if I handle conflict in a godly way ( ) Take some time to simply rejoice in the Lord ( ) Evaluate if I relate to others in a “gentle, reasonable way” ( ) Contemplate what I contemplate; is it God honoring and followed up in practice ( ) Other________________________

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