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Choosing the Life of Joy: Joy in God's Provision


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In this final message on Choosing the Life of Joy: a Study in Philippians, we look at Philippians 4:10-23 where the Apostle Paul speaks of his "secret" to joy-filled living. That secret was a heart attitude of contentment which allowed him to ride out the storms of life by allowing Christ's strength to empower him. He also expressed gratitude. When these two attitudes, contentment and gratitude are combined, they create a synergy that unleashes joy. You can't ride the ups and downs of life well without contentment.

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Choosing the Life of Joy: Joy in God's Provision

  1. 1. Philippians 4:10-23 Joy in God’s Provision
  2. 2. First Point Contentment enables us to truly rejoice in God’s Provision.
  3. 3. Philippians 4 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
  4. 4. … you have revived your concern. ἀναθάλλειν (anathallein) to cause to blossom once again
  5. 5. Philippians 4 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. αὐτάρκης (autarkés) Self-sufficient; content
  6. 6. Philippians 4 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
  7. 7. Consider what falls under the umbrella of any and every circumstance…Stephen Altrogge
  8. 8. Is it really possible to be content in all the glory and pain that we encounter in life? Stephen Altrogge
  9. 9. Philippians 4 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ἰσχύω (iskhúō) To be in possession of one’s physical powers
  10. 10. Philippians 4 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ἐνδυναμόω (endynamoō) Strengthen; infuse with power.
  11. 11. Habakkuk 3 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
  12. 12. Second Point Gratitude further secures our Joy in God’s Provision.
  13. 13. “When I complain, I’m preaching to myself and everyone else that God is helpless.”Stephen Altrogge
  14. 14. Philippians 4 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.
  15. 15. Philippians 4 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.
  16. 16. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
  17. 17. Philippians 4 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
  18. 18. Philippians 4 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
  19. 19. Epilogue A Very Personal and Joy-filled Goodbye.
  20. 20. Philippians 4 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.
  21. 21. Philippians 4 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
  22. 22. Contentment is a disposition of the heart that freely and joyfully submits to God’s will, whatever that will may be. Stephen Altrogge