We all want joy and peace in our lives. What’s the secret? It’s in recognizing the ultimate authority of Christ over our lives.
Paul was convicted of the supremacy of Christ.
When was the last time your bowed before Jesus?
Paul was convicted that all people no matter where their faith was will now before Jesus and confess Him as Lord.
All people who persecute your now will bow before the Lord.
Knowing that Jesus has all authority is not enough. We need to live like that.
Paul knew what true contentment was. No matter what the situation was he was doing it through his faith (v.13).
Tough situations did not shatter Paul.
Philippians 1:27-30, 2:1-2
Paul was full of joy no matter. The secret of happiness is not in the circumstances but in focus on Christ.
The focus of Paul’s letter was not to make individual church members happy. The goal was unity among Christians in the body of Church.
If there are situations in the church that require resolution we need to work to resolve them as soon as possible. Otherwise they will be like cancer ravaging through church body tearing it apart.
Let’s get rid of ‘Lets agree to disagree’ attitude from our churches.
Unity among Christians is a sign for the unbelievers that they need God.
Jesus prayed for the among his disciples. The kind of He had with God the Father.
Jesus made himself nothing.
‘Nothing’ means ‘void’.
We need to have an attitude of ‘It’s not about me it’s about God.’
And stop complaining about darkness of the world. That’s an opportunity of Christians to shine like stars.