Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ, I am delighted to stand before you to share this good news, I am thankful to God and to our pastors for this opportunity. last Sunday we have listen and encouraging sermon on a topic “Finding joy in imperfection” today we will continue from Philippians 4:4-7, under a topic “Believers life’s in Christ”
Read The text: Philippians 4:4-7.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1. Believer always Rejoice in the Lord. (4)
When we look around the world we see brokenness everywhere, we see women being rape, women and children are molested, we see divorce, we see broken family, we see corruption everywhere, people killing each other, people suicide out of depression, we see and hear natural calamities all around, we see sickness and diseases everywhere, we see poverty and hunger everywhere, We see brokenness everywhere. Paul Himself is in painful Jail but he is encouraging Philippians believers to rejoice in the Lord. let us see Why Paul is saying to rejoice in the Lord always?
1. Because of who Christ is? He is God, the second person of Trinity, He is the wonderful counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting father and the prince of peace. Isaiah 9:6. He is our risen saviour, our redeemer, our King, our High Priest, our Chief Shepherd, our Advocate. psalm 23. the Lord is mine.
2. Because of what He has done? * He sacrifice His life for the sin of the whole Humanity. * He was punished for our sin. * He forgave us our sin. * He is redeemed us. * He gave us the peace of God * He gave us eternal life. * Our name are written in the book of life. Isaiah 53.
3. Because of what He will do? *He is preparing a place for us * one day He will wipe away all our tears. *He will give us a reward *We will receive the glorified body. *We will be with Him eternally with our saviour. Rev. 21. John 14. My Question Are you rejoicing in the Lord? Or are you rejoicing in something else? It can be your family, it can be your husband or wife, or boyfriend or girls friend It can be money, it can be success it can be pleasures of this world. all this will give us a temporary joy, but the real Joy which Christ offer us is everlasting Joy.
Illustration: Jim Carey says “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they are not the answer.”
JESUS IS THE ANSWER Illustration: Paul life was such an inspiring life In his suffering He rejoice in the Lord. His success and prestigious means nothing compare to knowing Christ. His satisfaction and joy is in Christ alone. 2 Cor. 11:24-31. 5 time he received lashes, He was beaten with rods, pelted with stones, 3 times in a ship wrecked, many sleepless night. experience hunger and cold, often without food. often lock up in jail and humiliated.
Application: Remember as a believers our real joy is in Christ alone and we should rejoice in Him everyday because He love us and He delight in us. We should be happy like apostle Paul in the midst of all pain and sorrow because God has an amazing hope and amazing future for our life. Turn to your neighbour and encourage him/her by saying: 2. Believer live their life in gentle spirit. (5) Gentleness also refers to meekness, humility, modesty, calmness. Illustration: when a adultery woman was brought to Jesus, He deal with gentleness. Jesus was not angry with her but genteelly He correct her and tell her your sin are forgiven go and sin no more.
Philippians 2. 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Are you gentle in spirit? Let Christ be our perfect model, let us be like him in our everyday life.
Colossians 3:12. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 4:6. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Galatians 5:22-23. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. James 1:19. Know this, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Proverb 25:28. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
3. Believer live a prayerful life. (6) # My life Wedding testimony
Be Anxious / worry for nothing. But in everything By Prayer / Supplication with Thanksgiving let your request be made know to God.
Worry is sin and worry is doubting the work of God. many people worry so much about life, about their future. about their children life, about their health, about their financial security, about their Job, about their life partner, they worried for so many things in life. but the good news is God doesn’t want us to be worry of life. He want us to totally depend and totally trust in Him. and He want to take care of our life and our problem.
Matthew 6. Jesus said, not to worry of what you will eat or drink or wear. Gentiles eagerly seek all these things. But Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” Instead of being worried scripture reminds us that we should pray. Believers should live a prayerful life because 1) Prayer help us to connect God. John 15:5. (Phone charging example) 2) Prayer is a command. Phil.4:6. 1 Thess 5:17. (prayerlessness is sin.) 3) Prayer help us to overcome temptation. (Daniel life) 4) Prayer is the antidote to anxiety. phil.4:6. not (world counsellors) 5) Prayer is the greatest weapon against devil. (Christ temptation) Matt 4. (Eph 6.)
# Christ is our great model, He himself is God but he spent most of His time spending with prayer. if He live a prayer life how much more do we need to pray. # Martin Luther says “I have so much to do that i shall have to spent the first 3 hours in prayer.”
Do you know what will happen when we don’t pray. 1. You will have less and less desire of God. 2. Stress and anxiety rule over your life. 3. Loss of ongoing sanctification. 4. More Crisis and confusion in life. 5. God doesn’t bring joy to your heart and Go far away from God. 6. Other things fill Gods place. 7. Experience emptiness in heart. 8. We make wrong decision in life. 9. We are easily deceived / easily defeated. 10. Become a stumbling block to others. 11. Fail to share good news to others.
Application. How is your prayer life? Are you seriously a praying Christian? Are you satisfy with your prayer life? or do you think you need to pray more. I think I need to pray more, You need to pray more, My family / your family need to pray more. We as a church need to pray more. When an individual start praying, when a church start praying, God do wonder works. We should remember a Prayer less christian is a powerless Christian. Let us begin
Everyday with prayer Spend everyday with prayer Close everyday with prayer. When you are confused pray, when you are weak pray, when you are sad pray, when you lose pray, when you face all kind of hardship pray, when you are happy pray, when you succeed pray, prayer is the powerful weapon where we can reach God. Without prayer we can do nothing, but with prayer we can conquer everything.
4. Believers have peace of God in their heart. (7)
Every believers have peace in their life and this peace of God guard their heart and mind. Beloved we are in the christmas season, we know God love us so much that He send His only begotten Son, to bring reconciliation and peace to mankind.
Isaiah 9:6. 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
He is the prince of peace.
Romans 5:1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:27. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
The peace that Christ offer is not like the peace of the world, the world give temporary. For example. we see UN peace mission, we saw peace treaty in second world war between Allied and Axis, but the war is still going on in different part of the world, this is the best example of peace offer by the world.
But Christ gave us the real and eternal peace, you can received His peace by Repenting all your sin and accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour.
Illustration : Have you any room for Jesus. “Room for thee”
Application: If you are having hard time trying to find the real inner peace, Taste the real peace of Christ today, don’t wait for another moment received the peace in His name. Matthew 11:28-31. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”