- The theme of chapter 4:1-9 is spiritual stability.
- As Christians we are commanded to hold our position while under attack.
- The church was experiencing three different things:
- Persecution- Philippians 1:29
- False teachers
- Conflict and division
- When all these things are taking place, we must stand fast in the Lord.
- When we have spiritual stability we will have joy in the Church.
Philippians 4:4- Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Four thoughts from this verse.
First, the demand to rejoice.
- “and again I say”
- We must rise above our circumstances and rejoice no matter what.
- We have to understand that God is in control and will work all things out for his good.
- This book was written by Paul while in prison. Paul had joy while in prison.
- Our joy is based upon our relationship with Jesus Christ, not our circumstances, feelings or other people.
Secondly, the dimension of our joy.
- “in the Lord”
- As Christians we need to have a divine perspective, not only a human perspective.
- We need to understand who God is and how he works in our lives. To do this, we need to be in the Bible.
- The key to rejoicing is to view what is happening in our lives through the lens of scripture.
Romans 15:4- For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
- The divine perspective comes from learning and reading God’s word.
- When life gets tough make sure you have a divine perspective.
Thirdly, the duration of our joy.
- We must always and continually rejoice in the Lord, no matter what.
- “That’s impossible Pastor!” No it’s not.
- According to Galatians 5 we have the source of joy (fruit of the spirit), which is the indwelling Holy Spirit.
- As Christians we should always be rejoicing, no matter what.
Lastly, the determination to rejoice.
- Don’t let anyone or anything rob us from the joy of the Lord. We have to choose to rejoice. This happens when we are fully surrendered to Christ.
- Choose to rejoice!
- Paul is about to die and he had the joy of the Lord in his life. What a great example! We need to be like Paul when it comes to rejoicing in our lives.
- The choice is ours, no one else. Walk in the spirit, not the flesh.
- Being joyful is not easy and Paul knew that. That’s why Paul repeated himself twice.
- Our joy doesn’t come from without, but rather from within.
- Rejoice when good things happen and rejoice when bad things happen.
- Can you rejoice about your salvation in Christ?
Isaiah 61:10a- I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.
- When lost people see you being joyful in hard times, they will know something is different about you.
- People are watching, how is your joy?
Do you know Christ as your Savior? Do you know for sure you are going to heaven when you die? You can know for sure you are going to heaven and that your sins are forgiven!
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