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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #149
with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: Philippians 4:4-7
On last week, we looked at a simple, three-step action plan from the word of God that will help us accomplish much in life and particularly in this new year. Several years ago, God gave me this plan — pray, think, do — as a way to implement the key principles of the Christian life that will lead to accomplishment and success. I had never heard of anything being broken down this simply before. I know from experience that If you do these three things, you will live a productive life — and you will be able to move forward from one accomplished goal to the next throughout this year.
Even though you may feel as though you understand everything from the first message in this series, this passage in Philippians 4 is so rich that we are going to di deeper into it today with a focus on prayer. And over the next three weeks we will continue looking at this passage as it relates to the terms, pray, think, and do.
Many people have linked a powerful prayer life to accomplishment, success, achievement, and fulfillment. A Baylor University survey published some time ago explored the phenomenon that successful entrepreneurs pray and meditate at a higher rate than others. Psychologist Kenneth Pargament, a scholar in residence at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, said: “Entrepreneurs face risk, unpredictability and uncertainty. Prayer and meditation can be important resources for people who are trying to achieve a lot and yet still face the reality that there is only so much they can control.”
In a way all of us are like entrepreneurs. We go through life seeking to accomplish things, facing risk, and knowing that there will be setbacks and mishaps. How we deal with those situations is what sets us apart. Do we try to handle everything ourselves, or do we pray and get direction from God as to how to handle those situations?
Anthony J. Ciorra said, “Prayer is making space available for God to do beautiful things with your life.”
What does Philippians 4 tell us we ought to do regarding part one of this three-part action plan — prayer?
1. We ought to rejoice. Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” The Greek word for “rejoice” simply means to be glad or to be happy exceedingly. Are you glad about God? About life? About your future? If you are alive, you have a reason to rejoice.
2. We ought to adopt a heavenly perspective. Verse 5 says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men.” What does that mean? According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, the word “moderation” means, suitable, equitable, fair, or mild. Today, we would say that it means to be balanced or to be in the middle. Paul is telling the believers not to go to extremes, not to live lavishly, not to become too enthusiastic about the things of this world be they good or bad.
3. We ought not to worry. In verse 6, Paul says, “be careful for nothing.” In other words, don’t worry, don’t fret, don’t be anxious. As Jesus Christ said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” If you have decided to rejoice in the Lord always, and if you have already chosen a lifestyle of moderation, then nothing in this world should cause you to be worried.
Pray! Think! Do! Prayer is the first step to having a great year this year and a great life overall.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of sixteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.