Sunday, 16 November 2003 00:00

I Am Blessed

Philippians 4:1-11 (KJV)

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests 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, whatsoever things are hones, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ" Ephesians 1:3.

"That in the ages to come He might show us the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" Ephesians 1:7.

"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32.

Old sayings that are not necessarily Biblical . . .

  • "God helps those who help themselves."
  • "Salvation is God's gift to us, our lives are our gift to God."
  • "You must pull yourselves up by your own bookstraps."

God's blessings are founded upon, given, and secured by Jesus Christ's obedience and death for us on the cross.

  1. His love for you does not increase or decrease.
  2. His grace to you is given unconditionally.
  3. His care for you is promised without conditions.
  4. His mercy for you is sweet and sure every day.
  5. His pleasure in you causes Him to never give up on you.

All this is secured for you by Jesus Christ.

"Sometimes I think the church would be better off if we would call a moratorium on activity for about six weeks and just waited on God to see what He is waiting to do for us." - A.W. Tozer

"Of what use is it to have many irons in the fire if the fire is going out?" - Eric Roberts

"We are saved not by our deeds but by Christ's sacrifice for our misdeeds." - Fred Catherwood

"Good in the heart works its way up into the face and prints its own beauty there." - Anonymous

"God's goodness is the root of all goodness; and our goodness, if we have any, springs out of His goodness." - William Tyndale.

APPLICATION

  1. Criticism of others means you believe God is critical of you.
  2. Withholding your friendship to those who hurt you means you believe God withholds His friendship from you.
  3. Pride causes you to refuse to deal with the fact that your present maladjustments in life are in reality a reflection of a warped relationship with God.
  4. The Old Testament (covenant) is conditional in many aspects. The New Testament (covenant) is not.

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