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Joy Happens

Aug 05, 2018 | Kelvin Kauffeldt

Game-Plan for Enduring the Race

Philippians 4:4-7

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1. Rejoice (v.4)
  • “in the Lord always”
  • The source in which believers joy exists is Christ
  • Our only hope in life and death is, that we belong to God (Rom.14:7-8)
  • Who/what are you rejoicing in?
2. Let your gentleness be evident to all (v.5)
  • Our joy in Christ enables us to display counter-cultural attitudes and actions in difficult circumstances
  • The Lord is near - we are indwelled, encompassed, and empowered by the presence of God (1 Cor. 3:16; Psalm 139:7)
  • Who/what have you entrusted yourself to?
3. Do not be anxious (v.6)
  • About anything
  • Indicates a lack of trust in God’s wisdom, sovereignty, and power
  • Meditating on the truth is a great antidote for anxiety (Matt. 6:25-27)
  • Who/what do you turn to for the Truth?
4. Present your requests to God (v.7)
  • With thanksgiving
  • When praying remember:
  • The love of God - which only desires what is best for us
  • The wisdom of God - which alone knows what is best for us
  • The power of God - which alone can bring about that which is best for us
  • Replace anxiety with thankful prayer (Heb. 4:14-16)
  • The peace of God;
  • Enables believers to break the normal anxious behaviour expected in the midst of difficult circumstances
  • Stands like a garrison over our hearts and minds
  • Who are you presenting your requests to?
  • How are you presenting your requests?


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