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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #153
TEXT: Philippians 4:10-20
We have been looking at Philippians chapter 4 over the past few weeks, primarily with a focus on the first ten verses. Those verses speak to the spiritual, mental, and physical duties of the believer — praying, thinking, and doing. However, Philippians is primarily a personal letter which Paul wrote to some young believers to thank them for the help they had given in his time of need. Paul took the occasion to give them some much needed advice on living the Christian life which we have benefited from as well.
Today, we are going to briefly look at the latter part of Philippians chapter 4 in Part 5 of this series which I am going to call “the Postscript.” “Postscript” is where we get the term “P.S.” from — it is an additional remark at the end of a letter. Even though these latter verses do not fit under the “Pray! Think! Do!” message series, we would be remiss if we simply passed over this wonderful portion of the Word of God.
In these verses, we see that after Paul commands the Philippian believers to pray, think, and do, he talks with them about the provisions of God for His people. He thanks them for sending gifts to him during his imprisonment in Rome. However, he also shares that he is content with or without gifts because his trust is in God, not in people. Paul’s example is important for us today because we live in a time when it is easy to begin to trust in people, money, material things, or our status in society as our security in this world. However, as history and painful experience have shown time and time again, people’s fortunes can change just as fast as the shifting of the wind. What matters at these times is who or what you are leaning on for support and guidance in this life. If you are leaning on something or someone that has fallen down or who has suddenly been taken away, then you are going to fall down too. However, if you are leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus — if you are standing on the solid rock — you can survive and thrive in spite of the storms you face. And that is one of the things God wants us to learn from the life of the Apostle Paul.
1. God wants us to learn from Paul’s contentment. In verse 11, Paul writes, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
2. God wants us to learn from Paul’s can-do spirit. I believe this was the main reason why Paul could be content no matter his circumstances. In verse 13, Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
3. God wants us to learn from Paul’s conviction. In verse 19, Paul says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
You can be content no matter what your circumstances are if you get ahold of these two principles: (1) That Christ’s strength working in you will give you the ability to handle any situation you face. You can do all things through Christ! (2) That God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. No matter what others do, place your confidence in Christ. He has all that you will ever need, and He will supply all that you will ever need.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord” by The Katinas and “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” by Aretha Franklin
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.