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I Choose Peace - In Difficult Circumstances, Part 2

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April 1, 2020 6:00 am

I Choose Peace - In Difficult Circumstances, Part 2

Living on the Edge / Chip Ingram

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April 1, 2020 6:00 am

In this program, Chip explains four principles and four related practices that will increase our peace and provide absolute assurance that our needs are provided for, even in the midst of life's most difficult circumstances.

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Are you when you love going through difficult. We all know how it feels when circumstances overwhelm us and just evaporate right will today I wanted to about how to be at peace and state peace regardless of user bets today.

You don't want to miss. Thanks for joining us for this edition of living all the shipping services are vital to daily international discipleship program.

This program continues a series I surely suppose that will help you hang on everything around is covering a lot of ground might be helpful.

Developers message notes from our website. just click listen now if you're on the F tab, fill in notes girls will have a Bible open it now to Philippians chapter 4. Let's join Chip for part two of his message.

I choose peace in difficult circumstances. God's number one agenda. His number 140 can be hard to take to make you happy.

It's not so you be self actualized at the top pinnacle of Maslow's hierarchy is not so you be fulfilled and everything will go your way every day in every way.

His primary agenda in your life to make you like a son to use the ops of his blessing and the struggles in the down of a fallen world to take the threat of a vital relationship with Judy Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, rooted in his word in authentic community to little by little by little make you more and more like Jesus. So there's a mom in the house that thinks and talks and serves like Jesus. So there's a dad who talks and thinks and lives so there's kids in the house so that you go to work and people don't understand how this attitude that is amazing can be tied to the injustice you're getting at work. Calm this attitude in response is tied to a very frustrating marriage how this attitude that you have with regard to your life can happen when I know how much you got hurt by the markets last dip.

See that's what God's about, and you can be content in the ups and the downs. When you say Lord I'm gonna choose the thank you for what I do have not spent all my time focusing on what I don't then I'm gonna step back and say Lord I don't know the agenda for the world but I know your agenda for me. What do you want me to learn the third principle that Paul gives us the secret of contentment challenges our basic American value that more is better. And Paul says, first, our contentment is not based on your circumstances. Second, it's an attitude you learn, not a thing you achieve.

And now he says prosperity does not have the power to give us contentment nor poverty, the power to take it away.

Notice he illustrates that in verse 12 he said I've had a lot.

I've had nothing.

He uses the word 20 and eight and eight. He talks about is literally what they would do with the cattle or livestock. It was fat. He said I've lived in the lap of luxury.

It can't deliver, and I've been where I do know they were to pull me out of the ocean. Paul saying in both those things, prosperity is unable to deliver contentment and poverty doesn't have the power to take it away and so notice is practice here is be flexible see. It's one thing to be grateful it's another thing to say. Oh God, teach me. I want to learn. Once God shows you knowing what your to do and doing it is two different things is not saying, oh God, I want to be teachable. All thanks you for showing me that being flexible is change. Ask God not just what you want to learn then go the next step.

What do you want me to change. See you be flexible you gotta say, God, I'm grateful. Yes, I got unteachable then you say God how do you want to change me. What's the next step to whatever you want to do to make me more like your son but you got it yet push away from the lie that prosperity will deliver at a young guy named Todd work in Santa Cruz and the problem is finding a good place to work in the wee hours of the morning and that in Santa Cruz. I found this little coffee shop because they cook doughnuts and bagels all night so they open by about four in the little Cambodian lady became a good friend. She made the cut of coffee I like and thought I would go in there and then you know by 435 couple guys would come in they be doing some studying.

And so maybe we can become friends, and so we did and this one guy you know he was always doing some work and eventually got to know one another and Todd came out and ended up coming to the church and got involved and he came out to work at a Christian camp is as a volunteer at basically minimum wage and it was working so I said what he doing. He said I'm I'm finishing up a book and that I later saw the book culture riches and a civil what's the book about civil here you have a copy and I just read the back. Todd Cinelli, a graduate MBA Wharton finance started to do that it dead the dummy hit like every business thing you could ever get at 23 years old. Don't suggest anyone do this. He had three credit cards he got as much cash out of each one got $1000. Autumn had $3000 steak went on the trading table at Chicago became friends with who the big guru of trading was in Chicago at the time when into the pit. 23.

He's dead broke barn office credit cards at 24. He's a millionaire. At 25. He's a multi-multi-multimillionaire 25 years old he significations the heat he can do anything, anytime. It is a believer and everything the world has been at his lap at 26 is dead broke at 27 he earns it all back again and now he has it all back again and says God wanted to teach me something, anything I wanted in this world I could get.

And he said you understand how scary and shocking it is to know Christ and Christ alone can only deliver but unconsciously you do believe these other things so I had anything that I wanted and he said I went into the deepest depression of ever had and so I came here to serve people and I wanted to do it kind of minimum wage because I want to be content.

And you know how many of us who know Christ to spirit lives in our hearts and lives who say we believe what this book says if the truth were known, and the smoke were pulled back. We really our lives reflect its I gotta get that SAT score, and when I make that squad when I'm first team and when I get the corporate ladder when I get this. How can we get the other house and we can position this this way and you know what you know what that is a lousy watch compared that one that I really want to get a picture in the refrigerator. That portion someday somewhere him to get that unconsciously had bought the lie that prosperity can deliver. And Paul says it can't. Gotta be a radical Christian to believe that don't you. But he says not only it can't, but he turns around and says poverty. Poverty doesn't have the power to take away. I've been in need. I've been times when I have nothing and I'll never forget the time I was in the Philippines and is the most classic picture and I was involved in a in a basketball team sharing Christ and had a good friend is a missionary in head a little Filipino guy that just I mean, our hearts bonded name Alex and Alex was married and he was probably early 30s at the time and and that in Manila it's just it's a crazy, crazy, no rules, no anything like it on the back of his motorcycle. He wants to show me his home and any just so proud. Just got to come to my home and you got to see it.

I said okay and so were driving in and out of traffic and I'm praying Lord Jesus, that I might see my wife and children. Again, you know and and so Tom says now he lives in the slums and you don't know what slums aren't to go to these kind of countries and so we pull up and there's a hill and as far as the eye can see. There's cardboard shacks against one another and then sorted the upper level middle class has a few wooden crates along with the cardboard and then the elite areas. They have a little luck corrugated tin roof on top would help for the rain and as far as the eye could see. I mean there's no plumbing there is no thousands and thousands of people and Alex because of Tom's connections.

Tom figured out there was one light pole and had a wire that went about hundred yards and one person out of all these thousands of people had a little wire that went through the top of his and had won the lightbulb and Alex would open his home and read the Scriptures at night because he's the only one that had light and he came in. We walk through this maze of people in poverty and you know it was like watching in one of those world vision commercials on TV in my heart's going out and Alex's chest is kind of come in and I went into about 9 x 6 room and then he dug out of the lives of a dirt floor and went into about a 3 x 6 Erie, where he cooked and he looked at me. This is my home this is my wife and she was gonna have number three cut on the way, these are my little boys and cheap. I'm so glad you would come to my home and you know what I'm telling you he's you think he on the Taj Mahal to poverty doesn't have the power and I said what will Alex where he sleep and had little caught. It was about 2 1/2 by about four to half or 5 feet, and he looked like where we sleep. I mean we have a king-sized look at this tip you see, instead of being on the dirt I curl my body this way. My wife curls her body this week and we put our two boys in the middle were to level house. We have a light pop is and can't cut Paul says you can learn to be content and come to a point in your life were just like you can say I know how to ride a bike. I know how to hit a golfball can I get better. Sure but he says if you will practice being grateful if you will be teachable and say God what you want to teach me and if you will be flexible and say instead of changing that out there. Show me anything in my life or relationship you want me to change. He said you be about 75% of being there 20 473-6524 hours a day of having a soul and a heart that is content as though you had millions of dollars in the bank.

Every relationship was intact. Life could be number one because those things can deliver your listing to Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram chips message is from his series, I choose. For more information about this series or the ministry of Living on the Edge, please visit our website without her strip with the rest of today's talk. The final thing he says to you and me is the principle number four that only Christ has the power to give us contentment that transcends all life variables. Only Christ even among us as believers.

The lie is that contentment can be found apart from God. Now that's what unbelievers think. I mean I'm to get this car this house this relationship. This jewelry this pain.

This success, and everyone has unconscious or conscious little box and a drive toward it and the problem is it is, like this rainbow that we have and there's a golden pot at the end we working working working working working working working and we finally got up we slide into the pot. But when you get it, he realized, and deliver an empty bucket you given your life, your time, your energy, your focus and among unbelievers. They get on the go.

Many people come to Christ after extraordinary success and realize it is empty. Others come to Christ out of extraordinary pain, but both have come to the point of their need and my observation is what the world system really is is that's how unbelievers think and what happens to me.

I think what happens to a lot of you is I know that's wrong and that's not really true in what I say is it's Jesus plus a great family. It's Jesus plus a great body.

It's Jesus plus a good job. It's Jesus plus but it's that.

Plus, that always gets me in trouble and I say to Jesus when you can deliver the plus, then I'll be satisfied, happy, fulfilled, and so I made a spiritual version of the wind then syndrome and the enemy has fed me a lie and I end up as empty almost as those without Christ and the energy and the skills and the money and the resources and the gifts that God gave me to do something great with my life very subtly got turned inward and I spent it all about chasing something that doesn't exist only to come up empty.

The fastest growing profession in Christendom in the last 30 years is Christian counseling. We have never had more Christians with more problems and by the way, I'm glad we have them. I've been there I've done that and it helped the final practice is to understand, only Christ can give what transcends all circumstances. So be confident that the secret of the success. How is it that you can be grateful.

How is it that you can be teachable. How is it that you can say all change anything. Could you save yourself. I'm trying to change before and I can't will Paul says here's the key. I can do all things through him who gives me the strength moment by moment relationship. My relationship decision by surgeon painful disappointment through painful disappointment to fulfill everything he wants me to do. I can have confidence but the confidence occurs not theoretically on the couch going. Someday some way I might try that. The confidence comes by faith. When thank you Lord for what I do have. Oh God. Okay, I realize I'm teachable Hyman American personnel, not like sticking out my chest arrogant, but I somehow got my whole life revolved around me. You want to change put other people first on the put other people first. Don't you understand that's can impact my income. I might have to sell this or do that or yeah you want me to become a servant to these relationships when I thought they were all make me happy. That's good to be, I can't do that. Be confident. Come to me with a humble heart in the ops. Thank you in the downs. Thank you.

What you want me to learn how do you want me to change and then you take the power of my word.

Energized by the Holy Spirit in the context of genuine and authentic loving community relationships, and I guarantee you I will give you what ever you need not for tomorrow not for next week not to solve all the problems I'll give you whatever you need to have a quiet heart is completely at peace and the strength to allow my son to the power of the spirit to give you the response the reaction, the courage, the faith, what ever you need I will give you because you're my child.

I love you. Trust me, I received a letter yesterday went to the office to clean some things up and I receive this letter.

A guy writes hi Chip thanks so much for couple things that I think were very helpful and then out of the blue. It says it seems like recently I keep running into people who follow the kind of thinking that if they can only perform at a high enough level they can only gain enough applause or admiration of men and women around me that my life will then have meeting is in the past year. It seems a spoken of so many people in the situations and I've seen it in my own life but that doesn't do it. People put everything onto being on the cheerleading squad are working with the top of the corporate ladder, making the didn't Dean's list or wearing a Super Bowl ring becoming a major player in the political realm they spent every ounce of time and energy on these earthly goals. Convinced that they can achieve them in the finally obtain self-esteem and the confidence in the piece they desperately want. But it seems to me when they reach the pinnacle of what they thought would be successful. The sense of self-worth and contentment. They long for is conspicuously absent. And the reason I think it is, is that their goals were centered on what other people think, rather than on what God thinks and he closes with this. He says I remember a sports writer named Gary Smith once interviewed boxing legend Mohammed Ali and the interview was conducted at the fighters farmhouse and during the time together. Allie took Smith on a tour of his estate, and then he was led into the barn and the writer saw all of Mohammed Ali's trophies, ribbons and awards on the shelf collecting dust. Some of them even spattered with pigeon droppings, Golden gloves, Olympic gold world champion as they surveyed all the boxing memorabilia getting ruined. Mohammed Ali said something very quietly to Smith. He spoke so softly. In fact the writer had asked him to repeat what he is said with his lips barely moving the words seem to come from the very back of the champ's throat and he said I had the world I had all the world and it was nothing was nothing what you have, what are you waiting for what would it look like for you to be grateful to be teachable to be flexible to be confident that God could do whatever you want in the months and years. It's time circumstances no longer have oiliness you're listening to all the shipping chips message today is from his series, I choose. I choose peace directly addresses issues like relational conflict, anxious moments, difficult circumstances, financial uncertainty and tests of faith. So if you or someone you know is struggling in any of these areas. This is a resource you may want to listen to more than once because I choose peace provides practical biblical answers to what you're dealing with do order your copy or to send us up to her friend. Just visit us online at

Another easy way to assure this program is with the chip and remap or if you'd like to talk with someone over the phone. Just give us a call at 1-888-333-6003. That's 1-888-333-6003. I'll be right back and talk about how in the world do we actually practice what we taught. I mean how do you learn to be flexible and teachable and thankful in the midst of what were all going through and I just want to coach and pastor and give you little help there. But before we do, you probably notice that the last couple weeks or so. We have not even spoken about finances or what we need it. Living on the Edge and that's very intentional and very purposeful and were actually not going to talk about that today either. What I really want to talk about is how can you and how can I where we live help the people that are around us. I don't think this is the time for us to say these are the needs that Living on the Edge. I think this is a time where we come together and say Lord were a body, and there are people that don't have work there small businesses that have closed their elderly people there wondering is anyone going to care about me. We have needs all around us. Our application today is. Let's take the love of Christ.

Let's take the time entrusted to us.

Let's take the help that we do have.

Let's take financial resources in here would be my challenge. Would you be willing today and maybe it's a $10 card. Maybe it's a $50 grocery card. Maybe it's you get to go to Costco or Walmart or target or someplace. And as you shop you can ask God we you show me one person today that really need some help and would you help them. It might be as you pray, as were right now, even as I'm speaking. Someone comes to your mind that the church or at work or are you are on a chatter on a video call and you realize there are hurting and you could be the one to you by one of those cards were do something that would transfer love, that isn't words and and and even beyond just asking God to help them. What if you were the answer to that prayer. Would you be willing just to act today and give of your time, your money in your life to someone else really encouraging chip but you, you know, the older I get, the more I realize that life is lived in seasons and did you know that God has a plan in every season of your life in a part of that plan is to bring you unbelievable joy and great relationships and part of the plan is to bring test and challenges and difficulties so that he makes you more and more like Christ and what I can tell you is so often I have had ideas about. This is how this is not a go and this is what ought to happen and when it doesn't I get really frustrated. I was sitting in a meeting and I had a big transition in my life and I in my mind I knew exactly what it ought to look like will guess what, it hasn't looked anything like I thought it should look like and confession part of that.

I got really frustrated inside and how God did it. Looking back is 100 X better than the plan that was in my mind. So here's what I want you to know, to choose peace. Yes, be grateful be teachable, but we learn today. Be flexible, be be willing to accept God's path instead of what you have in your mind. And then, finally, be confident, you know, we often quote this verse with sporting activities.

But as you learn today I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength is really not about doing well in sports. It's about trusting God to give you the strength the endurance the patients and the wisdom to do life in the season.

He has you with a grateful attitude and with the peace that surpasses understanding.

If you've ever wanted to know how to open the Bible and find the strength of the peace trips talking about you. Have a great opportunity.

He's taking the time to do some personal coaching to show you how he learned to be in God's word in a way where you can actually meet with God and hear his voice, this time with Chip is one of our new load at home tools just go to our website or the chip and remap and look for load at home over all of us here is really saying thanks for listening to this additional living on the

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