Summary: WE MUST NOT BE ANXIOUS FOR ANYTHING FOR THE MOMENT WE DO, WE ARE STRIPPED OF ANY TRUE JOY AND PEACE.LET EVERYTHING BE BY PRAYER, AND SUPPLICATION.
PRESERVING JOY, AND CARRIED BY PEACE
Rev. Scott Epperson
Intro: In the beginning of the Chapter we see first that the Apostle addresses two women who had been bickering, we do not know what it was that they disagreed on but here is the advice he gave to them, that even today applies to you and I.
* (Php 4:4) Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord alway.
Note: Remember Paul knew the necessity of consistent joy, for he was writing this letter not from his church office or his personal study but he most likely wrote this while under arrest and possible while chained to two Roman soldiers.
(Psa 145:2) Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever.
(Psa 146:2) While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
OUR JOY: Our joy does not flow from the circumstances of this world but from the throne of God . Our source of Joy is Christ Jesus.
(Joh 15:5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. -skipping down to v. 11 -
(Joh 15:11) These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Were does your joy lye?
True joy comes from God and can not be taken. It is when we focus on worldly things that perish and can be taken, that we lose joy.
Billy Sunday said, “if you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity.”
* (Php 4:5) Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
The word “moderation” - ἐπιεικὲς epieikes - refers to restraint on the passions, general soberness of living, being free from all excesses. The word properly means that which is fit or suitable, and then propriety, gentleness, mildness - They were to indulge in no excess of passion, or dress, or eating, or drinking. They were to govern their appetites, restrain their temper, and to be examples of what was proper for people in view of the expectation that the Lord would soon appear. (Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible)
Its hard to convince people that true joy comes only from God when you are living Dog eat Dog !
(Heb 13:5) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Simplicity is the answer for people tired and weary. Simplicity is marked by a contented lifestyle that rests in God’s grace. It is the commitment to clear out, scale down, and realize the essentials of what we truly need to live well. The intimate search for wholeness is not found by accumulating more things, but by entering into God’s presence every single day.
Michael G. Moriarty, The Perfect 10: The Blessings of Following God’s Commandments in a Post Modern World (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Pub. House, 1999), 204
(Mat 6:25) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?