Earlier I read a blog by @Trice Finch (@jesussaidit)
entitled Jesus Is Sufficient Part B
in which he quotes from Philippians 4. It just so happens that he mentioned the text from the sermon I heard at my church on Saturday night.
My pastor has been doing a sermon series on the Book of Philippians. The Book of Philippians along with Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon are known as the Prison Epistles because they were penned when the Apostle Paul was imprisoned at Rome.
You would expect that the Apostle Paul at this point would be a bitter and angry man. He had faithfully done what God had asked him to do and what did he get for it? In his letter to the church at Corinth Paul writes:
This is man who gave up a position of power and influence as well as his social standing for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is in prison
when he wrote that we should rejoice in the Lord always and then repeated it for emphasis (Philippians 4:4). Look at some other words he penned in that same chapter:
Hold on here! He is in a horrible situation and yet he is content
? Nothing in Paul's letter suggests that he is trying to get anyone to feel sorry for him. Instead it appears that he is stating things simply the way they are. Things are horrible and yet... he has learned to be content. Read through that list again from 2 Corinthians 11. After experiencing all those things, would we be able to echo Paul's words?
In the following verse Paul tells us the secret of his contentment. He is able to endure these things and still rejoice because he had learned something.
The secret to being content regardless of our circumstances is this. Rest on Christ's strength to get you through whatever you must endure. Not your own strength but His strength... His strength
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