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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #151
TEXT: Philippians 4:9-13
Today, we are going to focus on the third part of an action plan we have been discussing over the past few weeks — do.
The first part of that action plan is “pray.” We learned that, through prayer to God in the name of Jesus Christ, we find the means to rejoice, we adopt a heavenly perspective, and we cast all our cares on the Lord so that we will not worry.
The second part of that action plan is “think.” We learned that if we choose to think on the things that God has commanded us to think on in His Word, we will have a peaceful mindset, a powerful mindset, and a purposeful mindset through Christ.
So, we have discussed the reasons why a Christian ought to pray and we have discussed the way in which a Christian ought to think. Now, it is time to look closely at what a Christian ought to do. As you know, we covered some of this topic in the first message in the “Pray! Think! Do!” series, but Philippians chapter 4 has more to say on the matter of how the Christian should act as a result of praying and thinking.
From this passage, we notice three things.
1. The response of the believer. Verse 9 says simply, “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do…” Those are very simple words, but they are very powerful. They describe the response of the true believer to all that he or she has learned, received, and heard. And that response is to “do”, or act, in accordance with what he now knows.
2. The reaction we can expect. If we look once more at verse 9, we will find these words: “…and the God of peace shall be with you.” One of Newton’s Laws of Motion is that, for every action, there is a reaction. In other words, there are consequences for what we do — good consequences for good actions and bad consequences for bad actions. This verse lets us know the consequences of our good actions.
3. The Redeemer who gives us strength. Finally, today, I want us to focus on verse 13 which is one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. It says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” From verse 9, Paul shifts his focus from instruction to some personal comments regarding his relationship with the Philippians.
As we close today, I want to leave you with that truth — that you can do nothing without Christ and that you can do all things through Christ. Through Christ, you can pray when you feel like it and when you don’t, when it seems hard and when it seems easy. Through Christ, you can think clearly, have an upbeat mentality, and keep your mind on positive and good things. Through Christ, you can do and accomplish the wonderful plan that He has set out for your life. You can do all things through Christ!
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Jesus, You’re Wonderful” by Stephen Hurd and “Jesus, There’s Just Something About That Name” by the Gaithers
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four 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.