Summary: As Christians, we need to seek fulfillment, contentment, and peace with God.
We have been told over and over......and in many different
ways that we should be fulfilled and content in Christ.
A. Too often, this fulfillment and contentment is not
defined and directions to achieve this goal are
My questions is this: Are we all content, fulfilled, and at
peace in Christ, Jesus?
A. I cannot read hearts or minds, but I can note
actions and attitudes.
1. When I see those in the Body of Christ
seeking after and desiring the same things
that the world pursues......I have to think that
many in the Church are not content with
being in Christ.
2. When I see the problems and the worry and
frustration which is connected with those
problems.......I cannot think that Christ is
a real presence in these Christians lives.
3. When I see the attitudes of the world creeping
into the Church....I have to think that
somehow....many are overlooking Christ, in
I still believe that a person can become fulfilled, content,
and at peace in the Lord.
A. I do also think, however, that for this to happen,
Christians must follow certain guidelines that are
laid out in the fourth chapter of Philippians.
I. We need to rejoice, in the Lord...Phil. 4:4-5
Phil. 4:4-5 - 4Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say,
rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be known to all men. The
Lord is at hand.
A. In verse five, the Greek can be translated, “Let
the fact that you have yielded yourselves to God,
be made known to all men.”
1. It’s the world that has nothing to rejoice in.....
no hope......no real happiness......no genuine
a. Our rejoicing tells the world that we have
yielded ourselves to God and we have
reaped a reason for rejoicing.
B. People just naturally dwell on all their woes, cares,
EXAMPLE: Shake hands with a certain individual. I say
“Good morning”.....this individual......without
fail, will say, “What’s so good about it?”
** I know that this person is kidding.....
but I also think that this thought is just
naturally not far away from everyone’s
1. The natural man has much that is bad.....to
a. The car is not running well.
b. The kids are getting bad grades in school.
c. I have a toothache.
d. How in the world am I going to make
the car payment and the rent....seeing as
I had to take Joe to the doctor’s.
e. On top of all this....my back is in agony,
my neck is sore, and I have a splitting
C. How does God or mankind expect me to rejoice
when I am faced with 101 different problems.
1. “I believe that God will understand if I can’t
find it in me to rejoice”.
D. The word that is used, in the Greek, is in the
imperative mode.....in other words, it is not
optional.....it is a command of God.
1. But what can I rejoice in.......being as I am
so burdened down with cares, worries, and
** Let me see if there might be anything to rejoice in.
a. We were all headed on a flaming crash
course set on hell and destruction.
1.) Long before we even knew our own
danger, Jesus saved us.
b. Through nothing that we have done to
earn this distinction and honor......we
have been made children of God.
1.) As if that weren’t enough, we have
been made to inherit
EVERYTHING THAT CHRIST
HAS INHERITED!!!! (think
about this......just for a few
c. In the death that was once all that we
could look forward to........we have now
a promise of everlasting life.
d. Even in this present physical world.....
God has wondrously made each and
every one of us....in His image and
after His likeness.
1.) He has also created everything
for our enjoyment.
a.) The planets, stars, sun and
b.) The sunsets and the moon-
c.) Sunny days, rain, snow, etc.
d.) The mountains and the
e.) Oceans, rivers, lakes, etc.
f.) The smell of a fireplace on
a cold evening.
Psalm 8:4 - What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
** We have so much to rejoice about, we SHOULD BE
1. Yes.....we certainly can and must rejoice in the
a. We must rejoice and give God the glory for all
the rich blessings that we share in Christ,
1.) To do any less is an affront to our loving
God who has done, is doing, and even
yet will do.......so very much for every
one of us.
E. Every day in the life of a Christian should be a
day of rejoicing.
Psalm 118:24 - 24 This is the day the Lord has made; We