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Joyfull // Joy in the midst of painful circumstances // Philippians 4:1-13 // Pastor Josh Evans

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June 6, 2024 3:27 pm

Joyfull // Joy in the midst of painful circumstances // Philippians 4:1-13 // Pastor Josh Evans

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June 6, 2024 3:27 pm

In this sermon, Pastor Josh shares some keys to having joy in the midst of painful circumstances.

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Well, if you have your Bible, and I hope that you do today, I would love to invite you to turn to Philippians chapter number four, Philippians chapter number four, and we are continuing a series that we've been in for the last six weeks. It is entitled Joyful. Can you say that with me? Joyful. And this series is all about how you can have the fullness of joy in your life, regardless of what happens in your life. How many of you want that in your life?

Raise your hand. And I know that you all do. I don't think there's anybody in here that's like, man, I don't need joy.

I'm pretty cool with the opposite and stuff. No, we all are looking for joy. But the problem is a lot of us try to find joy in the wrong places.

The book of Philippians was written by the apostle Paul, and he was writing directly to a group of Christians, and many of them were being persecuted in different things like that. And he was writing to encourage them about the joy that they have in Jesus. The theme of the entire book is found in chapter number one, verse number 21, when the apostle Paul says that for him specifically, for to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. In other words, what the apostle Paul was trying to get at is he was trying to say that, listen, here's where true joy is found in your life. And listen up, if you're looking and searching for joy, this is where it's found. It's found in giving your life to Jesus.

That's the only place that it could be found in. And so he uses these four chapters to really talk about how you can have joy no matter what comes into your life. It's worth noting that the apostle Paul's writing this letter to the church, and he is writing this from prison.

It's important that you remind yourself of that regularly, because as you're reading this, remember that he is sitting there shackled in prison, tied to a guard that's with him at all times. And as he's pinning this letter to the church, he's telling them to have joy. It's worth noting that the guy that's in prison is telling the people outside of prison, the free ones, how to have joy in their life.

Today, we are going to look at this thought, how to have joy in the midst of painful circumstances, how you can have joy in the midst of painful circumstances. And I'll tell you this, if anybody has the authority to write about painful experiences and painful circumstances, and how you can have joy in the midst of those, it's the apostle Paul. He's been shipwrecked. He's writing this from prison.

He's been beaten numerous times. All of these things have happened in his life. And so if anybody really, you should lean in and listen to about finding joy when things are not going your way, it would be the apostle Paul.

And by the way, what we're going to look at today is the circumstances that he brings up there in the church of Philippi are things that churches and things that people deal with and challenges that people that you face in everyday life. And here's what he's going to be telling us about this joy is that you can have joy on the inside when everything around you on the outside is falling apart. Isn't that what all of us are looking for? Isn't that what every single one of us want? That's what every single one of us desire to have in our life? A joy that is sustained on the inside no matter what is going on on the outside, no matter what's happening on the news, no matter what's happening at work, no matter what's happening in your family, no matter what's happening at school, no matter what's happening with your children, no matter what's happening in your relationships, no matter what's happening in what's happening in the circumstances that you find yourself in don't you want a joy that is secure and stable in your heart no matter what is happening on the on the outside chapter 4 Paul mentions three areas where we can often lose control on the outside and he gives us the recipe for how to maintain joy on the inside in the midst of those circumstances in verses 1 through 5 of chapter 4 we're gonna see the first challenge in the first area that we can lose control and it's simply this it's relational conflict relational conflict verses 1 through 5 let's dive into it together it says this therefore and by the way we know this that anytime you see the word therefore you got to look at what it's there for it's always referring back to what was just said and if you look at the very end of chapter 3 we looked at this last week when we were together at the end of chapter 3 Paul is writing and he's talking to them about the end and he's talking to them about how when we finally get to heaven your body that is so broken your body that is so sinful your life that is so messed up when we finally get to heaven we get a glorified body how many of you are looking forward to that I know I am and and it's gonna be such a glorified body and and a lot of times we think about that in the physical aspect I'm looking forward to the fact that when I get there I don't have this sin nature in my life anymore and so what he's saying is your body is going to be changed and now in chapter number four he says therefore because of all of that because of what we have to look forward to brethren Christian dearly beloved and longed for my joy and crown so stand fast in the Lord my dearly beloved he says because we have something to look forward to now we can stand fast and the only place and the only place that has enough security for you to stand fast is actually in the Lord so he dives in verse number two he says this Paul says I beseech you odious and beseech tent to sent a key that they be of the same mind and the Lord and I entreat thee also true yoke fellow help those women which labored with me in the gospel with Clement also and with other my fellow laborers whose names are in the book of life rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice let your moderation be known unto all men the Lord is at hand he's talking specifically about relational conflict and and here's what I want you to know upfront we all have relational conflict right oh I heard okay I'm with you yes we do okay we all have relational conflict and here's what I want you to know you can't you can't not have it it's always going to be there we have different personalities we have different preferences we have different ways of doing things we have all of this and so we're always gonna have there's gonna be relational conflict the way that I'm built I do not like confrontation at all how many of you are like that okay you can't stand it and if you don't have your hand raised that doesn't mean that you love it okay I used to think that I'm like man I don't like it these people just love confrontation and they love that and so if that's not what it's saying but here's what I want you to know I don't like it but here's what I've learned is that relational conflict you can never just not have it wouldn't that be awesome though if we could but we always there's gonna be disagreements and here the Apostle Paul flat-out calls out a disagreement in the church how many of you would like for me to start doing that okay I hear I hear of different people that don't like each other people that D friend people on Facebook and they're mad and stuff next week I'm just gonna come in here and I'm gonna say I beseech and I'm just gonna call you guys by name call it out right no that's what the Apostle Paul though did he tells the whole church he tells the entire church he says listen in his letter he's talking about joy and he brings up he's like hey we know that there's a little bit of a conflict that needs to be dealt with it's between you odious and sent to key so I don't know if you if you're having a child and you're wondering what to name your kids maybe I don't know like here's two names for you maybe call them you odious I don't know and so but you odious and sent to key they were having a conflict and we don't know what that was I don't know maybe one of them walked into church one Sunday and they didn't talk to the other one and so now they're mad at one another or maybe one of them got asked to serve in the church in a certain capacity and it made the other one jealous or maybe one of them didn't get invited to the other's birthday party I don't know and so but here's what I'm telling you is they have some type of conflict and at one time these two individuals they were serving in the church they were serving Paul referenced this in verse number three he says that they were co-laborers with him in the gospel they were a part of what the church was doing they were serving they were leading and they were a part of the mission that God has called us to and now there is a conflict between the two there's a relational conflict between the two that needed to be dealt with and here Paul addresses them and he gives them some things now remember we're gonna have relational conflict so he doesn't just just say here knock it off stop it right he doesn't just say like hey you shouldn't find yourself there no he understands there's relational conflict the Apostle Paul he had relational conflict he had co-laborers with him and sometimes they would go separate ways for different reasons and they saw things differently and so he didn't just say hey don't have relational conflict he actually gives you the recipe of how you can maintain your joy though and your service for the Lord in the midst of relational conflict he gives us a few things so if you're having relational conflict this might be for you today the first thing verse number two here's what he tells us he says at the end of verse two he says live in harmony with one another and here's how he says in verse number two he says be of the same mind be of the same mind in the Lord here's what I want you to understand and in church this is so important because and this is written to a church so I want to talk pastorally to you conflict happens in churches I've been about I've been a part of a church that had a lot of conflict so much to the point that people could never get over the conflict and so a lot of people ended up leaving the church as a result of unresolved conflict many of you have had that experience many of you have seen that maybe the church that you grew up in or a church that you experienced and things like this and so here's what I want you to know conflict if it is not resolved in the correct biblical way then it can fester and it become can become a problem and so he tells us a few things he doesn't say just don't have it he says no I want you to be of the same mind I want you to be in the same mind he says live in harmony what he's saying is be in harmony with one another in other words what he's saying is that conflict arises when our eyes get off of the mission when our eyes are taken off of the mission of what God has called our church to and we start looking at a lot of other things he says that's when conflict happens so he tells him he says listen Eudodius sent a key and he even encourages the church to kind of be a part of this here's what he says he says no no no no live in harmony with one another be in the same mind of the same mind in the Lord in other words value the mission that God has called you to more than the secondary issue that you're arguing about you see a lot of times in churches is we allow secondary issues to drive how we feel about one another don't we you've seen it before I know I have we allow all sorts of things to divide us on a lot of things and and here's what I want you to know I have the privilege of pastor in this church and here's what I've learned in two years I've learned several things one of the things that I've learned is that I get the privilege of pastoring about 400 different opinions in our church and here's all I'm saying is this there's sometimes I might have a different opinion than you do believe it or not when we're in staff meeting there's sometimes the pastors have different opinions on certain things and here's the deal Paul's not saying hey knock off all that stuff no he's saying this it's okay to have different opinions it's okay to have disagreements but he's telling us this we need to live and value unity and harmony above the thing that we disagree about now that is where we struggle because what we do is we take our disagreement we elevate it over the mission we elevate it over the mission of what God has called us to stay in harmony let me encourage you church stay in harmony with one another for some of you you have all you know right then when we started talking about relational conflict somebody came into your head some mental picture of a person came into your mind right now listen if that was you then that's where you need to start today I cannot urge you enough because that if it is not dealt with can cause problems in the entire body that's what Paul's telling us he says listen live in harmony with one another deal with it but then he says the second thing verse number four he says live joyfully with one another live joyfully with one another he says in verse number four rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice in other words what Paul's saying about relational conflict is this the joy that you have in Jesus should outweigh the conflict you have with someone else the joy that you have in Jesus should outweigh the conflict that you have with somebody else that's why Paul's saying this and that's why he brings up how centipede and Euodia's that they at one time they were serving the Lord they were partnering in the gospel doing the work of God and now because of this conflict things have happened they've walked away from some of those things and Paul saying this like come on church get with it listen what we have in Jesus should outweigh the conflict that we have with somebody else don't allow your conflict with somebody in this place ever stop you from serving and caring about the mission he says live in harmony with one another live joyfully with one another but then he says in verse number five live gently with one another look what he says verse number five says let your moderation be known unto all men the Lord is at hand that word model moderation it actually is the word gentleness it carries on the idea of being gentle in other words don't be viewed by everybody else around you as angry critical about certain things he's that's what that's what he's saying is that let your moderation be known unto all men in other words your gentleness about life listen if you're the person that everybody knows as the critical angry type of individual or whatever you're not applying verse number five very well he says let your moderation in other words your gentleness that you have in life he says that's what should be described of us in the local church that's what he's saying listen conflict is inevitable but it's all in the way that we handle conflict that makes the difference and then he goes on in verse number three at the end of verse three he says this this what I love he says he tells us verse number three I entreat thee also true yoke fellow help those women he's telling the church hey help these two ladies which at one time they labored with me in the gospel with Clement also they were fellow laborers their names are written down in the book book here's what I want you to know is that here's what we can rejoice in today is that our names are written down in the book of life like like his point is is that that should be way more important than the quarrels that we have so I tell you this if you're upset or you're reconciling you haven't reconciled something with somebody or you have unresolved conflict in your life or whatever listen here's what I want you to know the joy that you have in Jesus the fact that your name is written down in heaven should be what you joy in you don't joy in your relationship with the person on the other seat in this place that's not where our joy is my joy is placed in the fact that my name is written down in heaven and because of that I can have joy joy in my heart regardless of what other people feel about me regardless of what is happening over here with other people I have joy with him because my name is written down in heaven and that's what should drive us remember the Apostles remember when Jesus sends them out and they go out and do ministry and they're all doing all this ministry and they come back to Jesus and what did they say they're high-fiving and they're so excited about everything and one of them says man this is so great because the devil's even are subject unto the word that we have in other words they're like man did you see that we said come out from him and this demon left them and they're celebrating and things like that and here's what Jesus looks at them and says hey listen that's not where your joy is your joy isn't found in that your joy is found in the fact that your name is written down in heaven and that doesn't change that's what he's telling us he's saying this don't find joy in your giftedness don't find joy in your talent don't find joy in your ability don't find joy in your relationships don't find joy in your circumstances because when all of those things change if that's where your joy is then your joy will change so he's saying this like no rejoice in the fact that your name is written down in heaven let me just challenge you that if you have unresolved conflict go make it right go make it right don't wait don't wait for that person to come to you know you lead it go make it right there's nothing better than resolving conflict forgiving one another and rejoicing in what really matters he goes on to say the second area that we struggle with not only does relational conflict sometimes still our joy but he says listen worry and anxiety can also steal our joy look at what he says in verses 6 through 9 he says be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus finally brethren whatsoever things are true honest just pure lovely good report if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things those things which you have both learned and received and heard and seen in me do and the God of peace shall be with you listen he starts to talk about this idea of worry and and anxiety and by the way I want you to understand this that if you think that the scripture is not relevant to your life you have not read Philippians chapter number 4 because Philippians chapter 4 talks about some of the things that plague churches play people right here in this place there's some of you that have relational conflict it is what it is and you need to deal with that there's some of you in here that I'm gonna strike a nerve when we start talking about anxiety today when you start talking about worry today according to the World Health Organization anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders plaguing people today and here's what I want you to know this is something that we don't talk about a whole lot do we in churches we kind of you know refrain from this conversation we don't really talk about the idea of anxiety and depression things like I want you to know that it's a real thing that people struggle with they struggle with this just like everybody else and and it's for a bunch of different reasons the causes of our worry is a bunch of different things I'll tell you this we are stressed out people in today's modern society we are we're always in a hurry and that's for a bunch of different reasons for some of you it's your job and career your job stresses you out you overwork yourself and then when you come in you've extended every bit of energy at your job that you possibly can that when you walk into the door you have absolutely none left and so therefore your family feels the stress that you're involved in for some of you it's your job it's your career it could be your relationship it could be your kids some of us we just busy things up right we busy things up like if we have any block that is open on our schedule we need to fill it with something don't we right we don't know what it's like to be bored and to not have things to do and so what we do is we try to just create these busy elaborate lives and what happens as a result of that is it leaves us with worry and anxiety and depression as a result of it for some of you at your kids you put so much pressure on yourself that your kids measure up to every single other person in their grade level into their class on the ball field right we put so much pressure on everything that we put that pressure on ourselves that our kids and our families look that's why we struggle so much with comparison don't we listen I'm a parent I know what it's like you look at Facebook and you immediately think that you need to do whatever you saw on Facebook and try to one-up the other person you know I'm talking about right hey they had a really good vacation well they aren't they don't know what they're gonna see when I go on my vacation right and what we do is we put all this extra pressure on ourself to try to measure up and compare ourselves for some of you you're stressed out about your grades if you're a student and I'm not saying you shouldn't try I know you should but some of you that's what drives you that's what what you are anxious about or it's some others concern at your school it's popularity it's trying to fit in for some of you it's your future that's bringing a level of anxiety and depression about that or it's keeping up with the Joneses they got a bigger this and so we got to have a nicer this they got you know they went here and so we have to go here and and so we have that or where it's just a financial pressure that you put on yourself for some of you it's things you can't control like loss and grief or job loss or whatever all I'm telling you this is there could be a number of things we are a stressed out society we are a stressed out society I know what it's like you know we get home from work and we're heading somewhere and then we don't get back to then and next thing you know we are living stressed out lives and we're anxious and we're just we're worried and it can ultimately lead to depression and Paul talks about this and I want you to know up front listen there are some of you that and I would love to help you with this because we do this quite frequently is that if you're struggling with that if you're in here today and you're like man I am struggling with anxiety like my life is spiraling out of control I can't control my work schedule I can't control maybe you're a student and and you're your life at school or your relationships and by the way I feel terrible for our kids today that are growing up in society I feel bad because here's the beauty of when we were growing up it's like I didn't have social media and stuff like that when I was growing up and so if something happened at my school I could leave after school and I don't even think about it until the next day you know what kids have to deal with they deal with it from the moment they wake up until the moment they lay their head on their pillow and that's why when you look at students and you look at college students here's what's happening so many of them are struggling with depression and anxiety and here's what I want you to know if that's where you are today the best thing that you could do is expose that to somebody don't let that just eat at you what I want to encourage you to do as a pastor come talk to me come talk to Pastor David or Pastor Bailey and we would love to help you in fact we talk to people all the time we connect them with counselors some of you might need a step further than some of the biblical thing that Paul's gonna say today you might need a counselor or somebody to disciple you or a therapist to help you and that is okay I do not know where we went wrong in church that asking for help is a problem but I tell you this and the church experience that I grew up in if anybody came forward with something like that and they needed help with it it was like the church condemned that person I think I want you to know this and I'll get off this soapbox here in a moment if you come to me and you want help I pray that we as a church do not look down upon you but we look at that as a sign of spiritual maturity that you're willing to admit the struggle that you have in your life that's what church is for and so I want you to know up front is that maybe you need some extra help and that is okay and we can help you with that I've plugged several people in just recently to counselors that are helping them with with depression and anxiety and I love as a pastor nothing more than to see you get the spiritual help that you need in your life but here Paul gives us some biblical ways that we combat it and by the way if you're one that needs to see somebody let me encourage you it needs to be someone that is a believer that is going to bring the scripture and the biblical worldview into your situation because they're gonna bring in what Paul talks about here the church was stressed out the church was worrying about different things and so Paul speaks directly into their situation here and he gives them several things he says if you're anxious if you're depressed if you worry a lot how many of you worry about things raise your hand I worry I stress out about stuff like like more than probably any of you in this room I struggle with it I worry I worry about what you think about me I worry about the job that I'm doing I worry about the sermons that I preach I worry about what you think of my family I worry about you know if we don't get this building program moving I worry about what you're gonna think about me I'm being real today listen I worry about stuff just like you do I go home with the same type of stress and pressure that you do and if that's where you are here today I want you for just a moment to lean into what Paul's gonna say because I believe this can revolutionize your situation this morning he says if that's where you are today he says number one we must pray for the things that worry us so simplistic isn't it he says the first thing verse number six be careful for nothing here's what that literally means don't be anxious don't worry about anything really Paul seriously Paul don't it Paul and how many of you ever read scripture and be honest because we can be real in this place how many of you read that and be like Paul has no idea what I'm dealing with right or else he wouldn't have wrote that you're right the guy sitting in prison has no idea about the struggles you face he gets it he's writing this shackled up in prison awaiting execution and here he is he's writing he's like look don't be anxious don't don't worry don't worry about all the things we get entangled with and he says instead a better solution to your problem is not worry a better solution is prayer is prayer he gives us the cure he doesn't just say stop it because he understands we all have concerns we all have worries we all have things that make us anxious he doesn't just say hey knock it off get it together no you know what he says he says here's the cure for it pray he tells us to turn our cares into prayers and here's what he means he means you release it you hand it over you give it to God when you pray so what he's saying is all of your worries if it's about work it's about relationships it's about school it's about your children it's about popularity it's about measuring up with the person that you saw on social media whatever it is all of those worries here's what he's telling you to do release them release them release them to God and when you release them to something it can change you think about it this way when I was growing up I didn't have a phone and and so and I didn't even have an alarm clock in my room and so what I would do is I would tell my parents I would say hey you need to wake me up at this certain time every day you remember that parents you're in there some of you have kids at your house and that's what you're doing right now now we have so many different things my kids just set their Alexa's in their room and things like that and they can handle it themselves but when I was growing up we didn't have any of that if I wanted to ask Alexa to do it her name was Katrina and I would just say hey mom can you please do this and so so like she would she would just wake me up and so for me when I wouldn't bet when I went to bed if I had to get up early for something you know to you know to do whatever maybe some extra homework that's a joke I never did that and so but if I ever had stuff like you know that I needed to do whatever I would just say hey mom wake me up and here it was the beauty of that you know what I did I went to my bed and I relaxed and I just went to bed I had absolutely no fear that they weren't gonna wake me up the next morning right cuz they're my parents parents don't forget stuff I believed that until I became one right and and so I just went to bed so peaceful I was just like man I just knew it I did not go to bed and say man I hope mom remembers I hope mom doesn't forget I hope that she doesn't I didn't lay there and just stressed out no I went to bed and I relaxed here's the thing that simple illustration is what prayer looks like for your worries got something happening at work hey dad need you to handle this and then you just go rest you see that's the beauty and that's the picture that you get here that's what he's telling us to do he's saying pray for the things that you worry about spend more time praying about them then you do worrying about them hand them over to him he says secondly we must rest in the peace of God in verse number seven he says and the peace of God by the way the word and at the beginning of verse number seven is such a huge conjunction and here's why it's because it's referring to what he just said in verse number six so here's what I want you to know the peace of God is preceded by verse number six the practice of prayer in your life for some of you you have no peace in your life and you're stressed and anxious and depressed and one of the spiritual reasons is because you're not praying about your stress you're worrying about your stress here's what he's saying he's saying here is that no no no if you want peace and that's what all of us want by the way every single person that struggles with anxiety they want that what they're looking for is peace what they're looking for is peace with themselves peace with God peace with the people around them that's what they're looking for and what he says here in verse number seven he says and the peace when you get on your knees and you release all your worries and all of your cares to him the result of that is peace is peace the third thing we must dwell on the right things verse number eight he tells us a bunch of things and by the way the battle of your mind is what can turn you into a worshipper from a warrior from a warrior some of you worry about a lot of things and it's because of what you think about you know what's consumed me if I'm being real with you for a moment this whole building thing if you're not a part of our church and maybe this your first time you have no idea what we're talking about but if you've been a member of our church and you've been attending for several months this whole building thing has literally made me crazy in my brain sometimes like it stresses me out stressing me out so much to the point there has been days I never I don't get it I don't want to say never I don't get sick I'm just I'm grateful for that and I praise God for that I don't get sick or anything like that but you know what I have taken more Advil and Tylenol in the last three months then I've probably taken in my entire life combined you know what I've learned through that is this I'm allowing something that is completely out of my control to worry me and stress me out to the point where it's affecting my my head and it's hurting my head and all this kind of stuff here's what I'm telling you some of you you have something that worries you to that point here's what he's telling us we need to think on things that are different so he gives us what we're supposed to think about you wonder what what your battle your mind should be he says first thing think on truth think on truth you say what is truth the word is truth if you're worried and anxious and depressed in this place today and you don't have any relationship with the Word of God that's the first step that I would tell you to take we have to dwell on what God says in his word he says dwell on honest things this just means that which is honorable what represents higher and moral behaviors dwell on those things dwell on what is right that is what is holy dwelling on good things not what is wrong with the world some of you the reason you're stressed out is because you cannot turn off the news and you're anxious and you're frustrated and you're angry with leadership and government and all of this kind of stuff and you're worrying about it here's the thing maybe your worry and anxiety would go down if you stop watching that and you start opening this you see that's the point what he's trying to say he's saying this like it's all a battle of our mind it's what we think about if you think about the world all the time guess what you're gonna worry about the world if you think about scripture all the time then our worries turn to prayers and turn to praise and things like that he says dwell on what is what is right he goes on says dwell on what is pure the things that are morally pure maybe it's the intake of the media that you are allowing to to get into your life maybe that's something you need to change the way you think because of the movies that you're watching or the things that you are allowing to enter into your mind maybe that is what is leading to the anxiety and depression and the stressed out state that you're living in he goes on to say dwell on things that are lovely things that are good of good report that's just things that are well spoken of the things that God regards high attention to dwell on virtuous things and then he says if there be any virtue or praise dwell on things that are praise worthy you see our thoughts and our minds are important it affects us what you think about some of you need to start dwelling on the good things and stop dwelling on the bad things verse number nine I want you to see this and then we'll kind of start wrapping this thing up my daughter always laughs when I say that because she's like that just means 15 more minutes okay but he says at the end of verse 9 he says the God of peace shall be with you here's what I want you to know and some of you this is where you need to start you're looking for the peace of God and here's what I want you to know it cannot be found without having the God of peace in your life I want you to understand you're looking for peace you want peace in your life and if you have never met the God of peace then you are searching for things that can ever fulfill you the way that he can you see peace it's not found in the absence of problems it's found in the presence of God not one time in Philippians chapter 4 does he say if you do these things then all your worries go away hey you do these things then hey you're not gonna stress out about anything all that stuff about popularity measuring up all that pressure you're putting on yourself all that stuff that you get told about about a career and you have no idea what God's telling you to do and you're anxious about it and all the people keep asking you what your plans are and stuff and you're just you go home and you just cry and you yell and you all this kind of stuff that stresses you out he never says that if you do these things it just magically goes away but here's what I want you to know the peace that you're looking for it's not found in the absence of problems the peace that you're looking for is found in the presence of God the third thing that he tells us is this and will be done it's uh he talks about relational conflict how we can have joy he talks about anxiety how you can have joy then he talks about discontentment look what he says drop down to verse number 11 he says not that I speak in respect of want for I've learned in whatever state I am there with to be content Wow what a verse here he is in prison whether I'm preaching to a large crowd on Sunday or I'm shackled up to one guard as my audience in prison Paul says I'm content doesn't matter it doesn't matter if the only audience I have is one and that's the guy shackled next to me or it doesn't matter if I'm preaching to a multitude it does not matter contentment is the goal for I know how to be a based I know how to abound everywhere and in all things I'm instructed both to be fooling to be hungry both to abound and to suffer need I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me listen I'm not gonna spend a lot of time on this but we live in a world that is discontent we're rarely satisfied with our income we're rarely satisfied with our time we're rarely satisfied with our jobs and careers we're rarely satisfied with our vehicle we're rarely satisfied with our homes you can fill in the blank we're discontent aren't we can you please not at me so I'm not the only one that feels this way listen we all are and and listen the person next to you if they're like that ain't me or whatever then there's tons of scripture about lying and that fits them better listen we're discontent we struggle with it we're always wanting more right I can't tell you the amount of people that you know like in Florida you know there was houses going up who would build a new house year later they're ready for another how I'm just like what in the world like like guys we're discontent they get one car and then they want something different in a few months and we're discontent we can never be content with where we are we're discontent with our circumstances we're always wanting something different we're always wanting a new career all this kind of stuff and Paul here he talks directly about that and here's what I want you to know here's the problem you say what's wrong with discontentment here's what it is discontentment and I want you to listen to this it makes us resent God's goodness and others doesn't it you ever get mad about somebody else winning must be the only one you ever get mad about somebody else getting an award you ever get mad about somebody else getting something that you wanted listen discontentment when you're discontent in your situation and where God has you it makes you resent God's goodness and others but also that makes you ignore God's goodness in you doesn't it makes you you start looking man they didn't deserve that nobody really knows them they just whatever and you start thinking that and here's what it does you're resenting God being good to somebody else and you're ignoring the blessings that God has already blessed you with that's the problem with this contentment and so Paul he gives us this secret to finding contentment two things contentment is found through Christ verse 13 listen the choir sings a great song it's called he is enough Christ is enough Christ is enough listen he is enough if you believe that listen he is enough for you like like it's not Jesus plus anything no Jesus plus anything it ruins everything it's Jesus plus nothing is where you get everything you see it's him it's a relationship with him when you have Jesus and you enter in a relationship with him you don't need anything else you don't need a new job you don't need a new career you don't need a new relationship you don't need any of those things no God when you have him he's enough but then contentment is also found in Christ strength working in us it's remembering that his strength is perfect in you his strength is enough for you so I asked you this where are you at tonight listen in a room this size I bet that every single person in this place struggles with at least one of these three things relational conflict that might be where you're at today you're frustrated there's somebody in this place that makes you mad when they come you go the other way you know what I'm talking about you ever see them in a food line grocery store what do you do you're quick get out kids go to the next aisle all right you know I'm talking about we have people like that who is that in your life deal with it because that if you don't deal with it it's gonna rob you of the joy that God offers you relational conflict could be anxiety for some of you listen I would love nothing more than for you to have breakthrough I can get you to the help that you need and I can share with you what Paul is saying to help you if that's where you are you're anxious it doesn't matter what you're anxious about we all struggle with worrying about different things and stressing out all I want you to do is get the help that you need some of you that's where you're at today and then some of you it's just contentment you just can't find it you're discontent about everything you're frustrated about it listen Paul says that all of these things are normal if you're struggling with it hey you're normal okay you're normal look to your neighbor and say I'm normal okay listen don't believe what they just told you they're not normal man I see some of you not every person in this place is normal right here's what I want you to know here's what I want you to know is that Paul is saying this it's it's normal we struggle he's not telling you knock it off he's not saying if you struggle with anxiety that you're a weak Christian he's not saying if you struggle with discontent me you're a terrible Christian if that was true think about the Apostles Jesus resurrects from the dead and he reveals himself right to him showing him everything and you got all the Apostles what does it say they're doing especially Thomas he's doubting it he'll believe it he's like no can't be you Jesus right that's what I'm saying like like listen he understands our weaknesses if that's you today all I'm asking you to do is get the help you need get the help that you need because peace is on the other side of asking for help and I'll tell you this the peace of God is the most beautiful thing that we can have but for some of you the reason why you're not gonna have the peace of God is because you've never met the God of peace for some of you the first step is I got to give my life to Jesus I got to ask him to come into my life and save me and it doesn't matter what your parents have done with that it doesn't matter what your Sunday school teacher has done with that it does not matter what your friend has done with you that is the first step if you've never given your life to Jesus you've never experienced the God of peace and dwelling your life then what you're searching for on the outside you can never obtain but when you have the God of peace there then you can experience the peace of God and that's the beauty that's the beauty
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