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Spiritual Investments with Eternal Dividends

The Search for Joy Spiritual Investments with Eternal Dividends Philippians 4:14-23 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. The grace of our Lord Jesus…

Learning the Secret

The Search for Joy Learning the Secret Philippians 4:10-13 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; where in ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Paul, in this passage, is expressing his deep felt gratitude to the Philippian church and his joy over the special relationship they have shared since the founding of the church. The believers in Philippi, at one point in Paul’s ministry, were the only ones that supported him financially and now, again, they are sending him a gift of love. This letter from Paul is his “thank you” note to them explaining his contentment in Christ. There is no subs…

God's Peace, Man's Joy

The Search for Joy God’s Peace, Man’s Joy Philippians 4:6-9 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Paul gives exhortation to the Philippian church encouraging them to be anxious over nothing but be diligent to faithful prayer. We as Christians are never to have anxiety over circumstances, situations, or trails in our life. Prayer brings peace into the church and undoubtedly into the hearts and …

Spiritually Stable

The Search for Joy Spiritually Stable Philippians 4:1-5 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.  And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Paul is revealing his deep love and unwavering affection for the Philippian church and uses the term “longed-for,” in reference to the long separation from loved ones he was enduring. Paul did not receive his joy from the circumstances in his life but from the fellow believers in Philippi. The crown mentioned was a laurel wreath that was placed upon the head of an athlete for winning a race, a contest, or for having a fruitful life. …

Minding Heavenly Things

The Search for Joy Minding Heavenly Things Philippians 3:17-21 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Brethren, be followers together of me, literally means, “be imitators of me.” We as believers are forgiven and we are to be pursuing Christlikeness but, we are not perfect. God had given to the Christians at Philippi, examples for them to follow in imperfection who knew how to model a Christ centered life. Paul told the Philipp…