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Philippians 4:11-13

by Jeff Randolph
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Introduction

  1. The message of the world is simple: "Get as much as you can, because this is all there is"
  2. Most people measure happiness by the things they possess. This is not the attitude portrayed by Paul in Phil. 4:11-13.
  1. Be Content (v. 11-12)

    1. Paul experienced both prosperity and poverty.
      1. Paul was highly regarded (Hebrew of the Hebrews, Phil. 3:5)
      2. Paul suffered great loss (Phil. 3:8)
    2. We must be able to handle both prosperity and poverty.
      1. It is easy to say "Why me?" when the chips are down and "Why not me?" when things are going well but you want more.
      2. Why can't I have a better car?
      3. Why can't I have a bigger house?
    3. We must keep our focus on what we do have, rather than what we do not (and may never) have.
      1. Rather than focusing your energy on a new car, be thankful you have transportation.
      2. Rather than focusing your energy on a new house, be thankful you have somewhere to live.
      3. Lk. 12:15
  2. Be Confident (v. 13)

    1. Paul was able to withstand life's trials.
    2. We must be able to withstand life's trials.
      1. Christ strengthens us through His Word, through the hope of eternal life.
      2. Phil. 4:19; Rom. 8:28

Conclusion

  1. The promise of eternal life is what should keep us going, gives us strength, and keeps us content in whatever state we are in.
  2. Despite all the things of this world that we want and do not have, or have and do not want, everyone is able to have the greatest gift of all, the only thing worth having.
  3. This gift is free and simple to obtain. Knowing that, be content and press on.
  4. Rom. 10:17; Jn. 3:16; Lk. 13:3, Mt. 10:32; Acts 2:38