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True Joy

04/15/2018

True Joy

04/15/2018

TRUE JOY

Regardless of your situation, God will give you true joy

(Philippians 4:10-13) I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me, but lacked the opportunity to show it. I don’t say this out of need [we’ll look in a moment at how ironic that statement is], for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content – whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

 

1. A Word About CIRCUMSTANCES

A. We’re not talking about an unpleasant “event”

B. We’re talking about a long-term difficult circumstance

C. Difficulties are not an indication that God is unhappy with us

D. God uses difficult circumstances to bring about great good (Romans 8:28)

 

2. A Word About CONTENTMENT

(11) I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

(12) In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content.

A. He was hurting.

B. He was content.

C. Real contentment!

 

3. A Word About CHANGING

A. Something that has to be “learned”

B. We have to change the way we “respond”

  • STOP being consumed with our circumstance
  • BEGIN cultivating a closer walk with Jesus.
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