Setting the Scene
Paul is in prison, awaiting possible execution, yet says: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every circumstance, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippian 4:12)
In this final part of our series on the book of Philippians, we learn the secret of Paul’s contentment.
“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me…” (Philippians 4:10).
“not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you only.” (Philippians 4:15)
i) The Philippian church gave towards advancing the ______.
ii) Paul’s response: “Not that I am looking for a gift” (Phil.4:17)
Paul is saying that the amount of money in his wallet is not the defining factor in how he feels day to day.
INSTEAD PAUL SAYS,
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Acts 9:15 tells us Paul is God’s “…chosen instrument to carry [his] name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.”
“Everything” refers to God’s purposes for ____ life.
2) “I CAN”
“The principal way we get to experience God’s peace and blessing is by allowing God’s purposes to ________ my purposes.”
3) “GOD’S STRENGTH”
God sends us his Spirit as we __ things for him.
Mark 13:10-12, “On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses…And the gospel must be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”
4) “OUR STRENGTH”
When God’s purposes become our purposes, God’s strength becomes our strength and that enables us to _____ his purposes.
CALLING AND FULFILMENT
“All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.”(Philippians 4:22)
HOW DO WE CLAIM THE PROMISE?
“I have learned the secret of being content.” (Philippians 4:12)
Learning to be content is a matter of us _______ daily, hourly, minute by minute, to bring our lives into line with God’s purposes for our life.
- The Secret of Contentment, William B. Barcley.
- Just Do Something: How to Make a decision, De Young, Kevin