Summary: You’ll never truly find happiness until you are concerned for other people’s joy.
Insecurity is the general unease we experience when we lack certainty and confidence in life. Today, I want you to see how a big God secures your peace, composure and happiness. The Bible shows us where the inner springs of joy and harmony are found in a believer’s life. Find Philippians 4 with me. One of our believers here today told me that this was his favorite chapter of the Bible and I think you’ll understand why in the next few minutes.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Philippians 4:4–20)
The Bible commands us to be joyful and happy in the Lord. It’s a double command to be happy in verse four – twice we are told to rejoice. Now, we scratch our heads when we are given a command to be happy… … “how can I commanded to feel anything,” we ask. But the Bible goes a step further to show us the steps to joy: “do not be anxious about anything…” (Philippians 4:6a). If you are bewildered by the Bible’s command to be happy… If you are bumfuzzled by this command, you are not aware of the resources that are yours.
On January 19, 1901, few knew the future of the Texas economy was about to experience a seismic shift forward. In a matter of days, the oil geyser in the little Beaumont, Texas, called Spindletop, produced more oil than the rest of the world’s oil wells – combined. In fact, everything that runs on oil in our day, from cars to jet fighters – all of this began at Spindletop. The wildcatters who discovered oil made a lot of money. They collected airplanes, ranches, and worlds of are like they were candy. Texas is legendary with the stories of big oilmen with even bigger money. These men had so much money … obscene amounts of money, one would use a $100 bill as a bow tie while another rode a pet lion in order to meet his mailman. One Houston oilman’s wife even wrote the Smithsonian to ask if the Hope Diamond was for sale. Hitting a gusher was hitting the mother load.
Now, what if you owned the land and the mineral rights to Spindletop but didn’t know what was under the ground? What if I said to you, “Go down to car dealership and pay cash for Lamborghini,” when you didn’t know how you are going to pay for next month’s rent. You would be bewildered because you’re not aware of the tremendous resources you possess under your property. This is exactly how it is for believers. Most believers have yet to tap into the resources they have at their possession.
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