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“The Rules of the Temporary and the Eternal Philippians 4:4

I. Intro

A. I hope you have all had a great week this week? Perhaps not though!

1. Some of you may have ran into some problems this week?

2. Some of you may have faced some things that have kind of beaten you up?

3. Some of you are maybe facing some uncertain situations?

4. Some of you are maybe just sick of how things are going in your life right now?

B. Well, I want to read a short little Bible verse with you.

1. Read Philippians 4:4.

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

C. You may be thinking, “Yeah, right.”

1. How can I be full of joy when all this stuff is going on?

2. How can I rejoice when I can’t get this stuff out of my mind?

D. Well, let me tell you about the guy who wrote these words.

1. His name was Paul.

2. He was in prison when he wrote Philippians 4:4.

3. Here’s how Paul described his life: (READ 2 CORINTHIANS 11:23–28).

23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

E. And you think you’ve got problems?

1. Yet, the same man who went through all of this also wrote “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

2. How could he go through all that he went through and still be full of joy and rejoice in the Lord?

II. Paul had discovered what I call the rule of the temporary.

A. Temporary means “for a limited time; not permanent.”

1. My rule of the temporary says this “The circumstances of life will last only for a limited time.”


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