by Dr Gregory Magruder | August 2, 2020
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 08/02/20
INTRODUCTION: We cultivate the presence, peace, and power of God through prayer. In Philippians 4:4-7, Paul says everything we do should be done in prayer. Relief from anxiety begins with prayer. We replace anxiety through meditation. Every Christian believer can practice biblical meditation and experience God’s peace (4:8-9). Prayer and meditation lead to contentment. We can learn how to be content in all circumstances. The Apostle Paul shares his journey to contentment in Philippians 4:10-13.
THE EVIDENCE OF CONTENTMENT IS JOY AND GRATITUDE.
*Paul was thankful for God’s provision and grateful for his Christian friends’ concern. He had joy in the Lord even though he was in prison chained to a guard. A contented person expresses joy and gratitude. “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no
CONTENTMENT DOES NOT DEPEND ON CIRCUMSTANCES.
*The contented person has the perspective that God is in control no matter what my situation may be. This insight only comes through a steady, consistent walk with God through the ups and downs of life. Whether rich or poor, hungry, or full, we know and learn that God is for us and not against us. “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (4:11-12).
THE SECRET OF CONTENTMENT IS CHRIST.
*”I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power” (LB). Christ lives in me and empowers me to do what he wants me to do. Paul could have joy and gratitude in prison and be content when he faced the extremes of life because Jesus gave him strength. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (4:13).
Are you relying on Christ or circumstances today?