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Summary: During this series we will be looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippian church. Paul founded the church at Philippi and wrote the letter during a time of imprisonment in Rome. One of the themes in the book is joy. (some thoughts taken from a series by Cr

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Philippians Pt7- Prayer in Action!

Pre-introduction

On the average Americans spend $94.32 for Father’s Day and $126.90 for Mother’s Day.

I like this quote- (in light of our study of Philippians)-

None of us decide our own future; instead we decide our habits and then our habits decide our future.

Continue- Philippian Experience- convey/impart life.

COTRM Mission Statement-

Encounter God, Love People, Share Life

It all begins w/encounter w/God- a transfer of His life to us which we then pour out on others- love/share.

By way of review-

Chap 1 Joy in suffering

Chap 2 Joy in serving

Chap 3 Joy in believing

Chap 4 Joy in the Lord

The world does a great deal to find joy- there is much money spent by people to make themselves happy.

At many local bars/restaurants you have- happy hour-

we need such a hour here at the church,

we could call it- attitude adjustment hour.

Phrase- in the Lord- occurs 9x/Philippians, 4x/chap 4

We have looked at-

Trusting in the Lord

Putting our hope in the Lord

Last week-

Standing firm in the Lord

Living in harmony in the Lord

Finding our joy in the Lord

Two important thoughts-

In the Lord we find relational peace.

In the Lord we find inward peace.

v4.6-7 (Isa26.3, Jn14.27, Col3.15, 1Pet1.5, 2Cor 10.5)

For- Philippians- not only the worries of everyday life, but they put their lives as risk to become Christians.

You may feel like you have the spiritual gift of worry.

Somebody said- I am worried about the economy, my hair in a recession, my waist is in an inflation, and I am in a depression.

(Sad fact- next election- determined by- state of- economy)

How do we define worry-

Worry is the sin of distrusting the promises and power of God. (Craig Groeschel)

Either I do not believe in God’s promises or I do not trust in His ability to act on those promises.

God never panics/never surprised- why should we panic

Be anxious for nothing- to have a distracting care.

1 Pet 5:7 (NASB) casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

How do we do that?

Mat 6:25-27, 33-34

In everything by prayer/supplication/thanksgiving-

this is an important key to dealing with anxiety.

Paul often connects thanksgiving with prayer-

1 Thess 5:17–18 17pray without ceasing; 18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (Col 4.2)

Thanksgiving- is expressing gratitude to God for-

who He is,

what He has done, and

what He is about to do.

Paul’s attitude implies- thanksgiving/submission to God.

Rom 8:28 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

This verse apples to those who submit to God’s will.

Be anxious for nothing- are we to believe or pretend that sin, sickness, problems are not real?

Do we just ignore the reality around us? No!

We worry about NOTHING, because we PRAY about EVERYTHING, with THANKSGIVING.

This means we talk to God about everything in our lives.

Some believe we should only take big problems to God.

Let me ask you a question- what is big to God?

None of our problems are big to God.


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