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Summary: Sermon discusses keys to developing an attitude of gratitude

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Philippians 4:4-9

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

INTRODUCTION:

(What?) What do the scriptures teach?

What are some actions that the Apostle Paul gives in the text that will promote developing an attitude of gratitude?

I. A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO BE JOYFUL (VS. 4).

(Phil. 4:4) “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”

A. Circumstances do not have to determine your outlook.

1. The Apostle Paul’s circumstances were not favorable—yet his outlook remained good.

a. He was in prison for proclaiming the good news about Christ.

2. The Philippian believers, to whom he was writing, had some negative circumstances.

a. Persecution of Christians was common in the Roman society.

II. A CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS THAT IS A MINDSET (VS. 5).

(Phil. 4:5) Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

A. Operating out of a mindset of consideration for others leads to less focus on self.

1. When the focus is on consideration for others, there is a more of a tendency to be grateful.

B. Remember that Christ is returning soon when interacting with others (believers and unbelievers).

1. If you knew that Jesus would return while you are interacting with people, how would you treat them? He Might!

III. A COMPLETE RECOGNITION OF THE SOURCE OF ALL RESOURCES (VS. 6-7).

(Phil. 4:6-7) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

A. Recognize that the source of your provisions is not in this world.

1. Worry accomplishes nothing positive and prevents an attitude of gratitude…it produces misery.

a. Jesus warned his disciples not to worry.

(Luke 12:22-31) “22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?


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