How To Overcome In Times of Trouble

                       THE SECRET TO  STANDING FIRM FOR CHRIST

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

¹.     INTRODUCTIONTHIS PAST WEEK PRESIDENT OBAMA CONFIRED THE MEDAL OF HONOR,  OUR NATION’S HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR, ON A YOUNG MARINE NAMED DAKOTA MEYER FROM KENTUCKY.

  1.         •  On September 8, 2009 Dakota Meyer then 21 years old, was one of 13 American military trainers embedded with a unit of 80 Afghan soldiers.  Headed for a routine meeting with local elders in the village of  Ganjgal, which is located in a valley along the border with Pakistan.  Four trainers at the front of the U.S. Afghan force were immediately trapped by the heavy enemy fire believed to be coming from as many as 150 Taliban fighters. Positioned in a rear position when the ambush began, Meyer and other members of his unit disobeyed orders to remain in place after air support failed to materialize and used a Humvee to rush into the kill zone to try and rescue the 4 trapped at the head of their column. Manning the Humvee’s turret gun Meyers killed at least 8 insurgents and with his driver,  rescued 36 Afghan and American troops on his 4th attempt to reach the 4 trapped trainers.  He and his team members finally broke through to their position on the  5th attempt and moved in on foot through a hail of gunfire only to find they had already been killed.  Meyer then went forth to retrieved their remains and we are amazed at the courage of this young man as we should be.  Do you think that Meyers got up that morning feeling especially courageous? Wanting to charge into a hail of bullets to receive the medal of honor? I don’t think so… I think he responded this way because of his genuine concern for his comrades, who were in mortal danger and for his commitment to the cause.

2.     LUKE 8:22-25 TELLS THE STORY OF JESUS IN THE BOAT WITH HIS DISCIPLES ON THE SEA OF    GALILEE.

          •  When a fierce storm arose and the water began to come into the boat and Jesus disciples were afraid, believing                  that boat would sink.  Jesus was asleep while all this was going on.  The disciples woke Jesus up saying “Master, Master we are perishing.”  Then he arose and rebuked the wind and the tempestuous waves and it became calm.  The disciples were astounded, Jesus looked at them and said “Where is your faith”…? Not all the storms of life come in the form of winds and waves.  Sometimes it is our children, sometimes financial distress and sometimes its sickness or an accident…  When Paul wrote the book of Philippians he was in jail in Rome and his concern was not for himself but for those who had come to Christ through his ministry.  He was totally committed to the cause of Christ.

3.     TEXT PHILIPPIANS  4:1-13 (nIV)

4.     PAUL TOLD THEM, STAND FIRM IN THE LORD BY FOLLOWING HIS EXAMPLE.  (vs 1)

  • After Jesus calmed the storm and the wind and waves subsided. Jesus then asked his disciples “Where is your faith”? It was like he was surprised at their lack of.
  • Paul was saying here this is how you stand firm, he was referring to himself and his intense desire to know Christ be found in him. (Phil 3:7-14)
  • Faith is not an abstract thing and u don’t know if you have REAL FAITH until it is tested.
  • These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith- a greater worth than gold, perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

5.      COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH ONE ANOTHER.  (vs 2)

  • Get the mind of Christ- Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus (Phil 2:1-4)
  • Come into agreement with God & his word (Rom 12:2)
  • This will bring you into agreement with one another & sharp disagreement with the world.
  • When it is no longer be about us but about Christ- Agreement will come, there will be unity in the church and God will be glorified.

6.     LEARN TO REJOICE IN THE LORD IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE. (vs 4)

  • Rejoice in the Lord- At ALL times & in ALL circumstances.
  • Rejoice in his Salvation, Love and Forgiveness- In his indwelling presence.
  • Rejoice in his plan & purpose- For your life, in his redemptive plan.
  • Rejoice that Christ is coming back for you- To take you where he lives.
  • Rejoice that he will bring justice & judgement to this world- When he will reign as King of Kings and Lords or Lords.
  • All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)

7.      BE GENTLE WITH ONE ANOTHER. (vs 5)

  • Let your gentleness be known to all- Be kind & gentle to others.
  • Exercise forbearance, long suffering and self control.  (1PET 5:5-9 niv)
  • The fruit of the spirit will be evident in our life if the spirit of god lives in us. (Gal 5:21,22)  If he does not live in us we do not belong to Christ.

8.     QUIT WORRYING & FRETTING- BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING. (vs 6 – 7)

  • In everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
  • When we do this we have the promise that “ The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:7)
  • Read (MATT 6:25 & 26)(NIV)
  • ALL things work together for good to those that love God. (ROM 8:28)
  • God says to his children “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find…”

9.     PRACTICE THINKING POSITIVE, UPLIFTING THOUGHTS. (vs 8)

  • Don’t dwell on the negative report-  Don’t hang around with negative people.
  • Think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy.
  • Guard your thought life,  what you listen to, what you watch and what you read.
  • The light of the body is the eye- If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Mat 6:22,23) (KJV)
  •  The Lord uses these terrible circumstances to bring people to himself.

10.  LEARN TO BE CONTENT IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES until god changes them (V11-13)

  • recognize that god often uses our circumstances to change us
  • Paul SAID “i have learned the secret of being content in every situation…”
  • REFUSE INDULGE IN SELF PITY; REFUSE TO GUMBLE OR COMPLAIN, learn to pray about Everything.
  • EMULATE PEOPLE LIKE Paul & GODLY PEOPLE (read vs 9)
  • IDENTITY WITH GOD’S ULTIMATE PURPOSES (1PET 5:5-11 niv)

 

conclusionthe result of FOLLOWING PAUL’S LEAD AND PRACTICING These things is THAT YOU WILL STAND FIRM WHEN THE TESTS AND THE TRIALS AND TROUBLES COME AND “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Rom 5:3-5 KJV:  …but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT PEACE THIS CAN CHANGE TODAY BY ACCEPTING CHRIST AND DETERMINING TO WHOLLY FOLLOW HIM.

Phi 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.

Phi 4:5  Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Phi 4:6  In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Phi 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Phi 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, 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.

Phi 4:9  The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Phi 4:10  But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye did indeed take thought, but ye lacked opportunity.

Phi 4:11  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.

Phi 4:12  I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want.

Phi 4:13  I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.

Phi 4:14  Howbeit ye did well that ye had fellowship with my affliction.

Phi 4:15  And ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving but ye only;

Phi 4:16  for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need.

Phi 4:17  Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account.

Phi 4:18  But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.

Phi 4:19  And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Mat 6:22  The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!

Mat 6:24  No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mat 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?

Mat 6:26  Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they?

Mat 6:27  And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?

Mat 6:28  And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

Mat 6:29  yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Mat 6:30  But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Mat 6:31  Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Mat 6:32  For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mat 6:34  Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time;

1Pe 5:7  casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you.

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,

1Pe 5:9  whom withstand stedfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.

1Pe 5:10  And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, establish, strengthen you.

1Pe 5:11  To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Rom 8:28  And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.

Rom 8:29  For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren:

Rom 8:30  and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Rom 8:31  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things?

Rom 8:33  Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth;

Rom 8:34  who is he that condemneth? It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36  Even as it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

Rom 8:39  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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