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”