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Summary: Philippians 4

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SEVEN PRIVILEGES OF THE BELIEVER

(Philippians 4.)

It is the Privilege of the Believer in Jesus Christ to have CONSTANT JOY, to REJOICE ALWAYS. v.4.

II. Undisturbed Freedom from Care. v.6.

How to realize this: "But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." "In everything.”

III. Abiding and Abounding Peace. v.7.

"The peace of God which passeth all understanding.”

IV. An Ever-present Friend. v.9.

V. Never-failing Contentment. v.11.

VI. All-prevailing Strength. v.13.

VII. Inexhaustible Supplies for Every Need. v.19.

"EVERY NEED of yours" -- "SUPPLY." The RV reads "fulfill," i.e., fill full.

"Riches" is a great word anyhow, but when you put "His" before it, "His riches," who can measure it? But Paul does not stop there -- "His riches IN GLORY." Perhaps some one wishes me to define that. Define that! I would as soon think of measuring the heavens with a foot rule. Notice one thing more, this filling full of every need is in Christ Jesus (RV). There is no filling full outside of Christ. There is nothing but emptiness outside of Christ.

It must be admitted that many Christians do not actually have every need "filled full." Why is it? Two reasons: First, they do not claim it. They are afraid to ask large things. They seem to be afraid of impoverishing God, that the great ocean of love and grace will run dry.

There is another reason. God's pouring in is conditioned upon our giving out. It was to believers who were giving out, constantly giving out, generously giving out, that Paul wrote, "My God shall," etc. v.15.

The one thing that prevents many of you from having "every need of yours" filled full by Paul's God, "according to his riches in glory," is downright stinginess. Claim a full cup today and make it possible for God to fill it by filling the cup of some one else.


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