Scripture: Philippians 4

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Exhortations

Philippians 4:1-9 (WEB) 1 Therefore, my brothers, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.  I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to think the same way in the Lord. Yes, I beg you also, true partner, help these women, for they labored with me in the Good News with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.  Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, “Rejoice!” Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think about these things. The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Paul refer to his fellow Christians (Philippians 4:1a)? Paul called them his brothers, beloved and longed for, his joy and crown.

2. What encouragement did Paul give them (Philippians 4:1b-6)? Paul told them to stand firm in the Lord.  To help the women, who had helped him, for they labored with him in the Good News.  Paul encouraged them to rejoice in the Lord always. And to let their gentleness be known to all men. He encouraged them to not be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let their requests be made known to God.  

3. What did Paul say would happen to them if they did what he said (Philippians 4:7)? Paul said the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, would guard their hearts and their thoughts in Christ Jesus. 

4. What else did Paul encouraged them to do and what would be the result (Philippians 4:8-9)? Paul encouraged them to think on whatever things were true, whatever things were honorable, whatever things were just, whatever things were pure, whatever things were lovely, whatever things were of good report: if there was any virtue and if there was any praise, they were to think about these things.  When they did these things, put these things into practice, the God of peace would be with them. 

Thanks For Their Gifts

Philippians 4:10-23 10 But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length you have revived your thought for me; in which you did indeed take thought, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak because of lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. 12 I know how to be humbled, and I also know how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need. 13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. 14 However you did well that you shared in my affliction. 15 You yourselves also know, you Philippians, that in the beginning of the Good News, when I departed from Macedonia, no assembly shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my need. 17 Not that I seek for the gift, but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account. 18 But I have all things and abound. I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God. 19 My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.  21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those who are of Caesar’s household.  23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why do you believe Paul was rejoicing (Philippians 4:10)? My Bible notes: Paul accepted the Philippians gift (financial support) because they gave it willingly and because he was in need.

2. What did Paul say about contentment (Philippians 4:11-12)?  Paul said he had learned in whatever state he was in to be content.  He knew how to be humbled, and also how to abound.  In everything and in all things he had learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need.

3. Who did he say could strengthen him (Philippians 4:13)? He said he could do all things through Christ, who strengthened him.

4. What was Paul giving the Philippian believers credit for doing (Philippians 4:14-16)? Paul was giving them credit for giving him financial support at a time when others didn’t.

5. What did Paul say about giving (Philippians 4:17)? My Bible notes: When we give to those in need, there is not only benefit to the receiver, but we are benefited as well.  It was not the Philippians’ gift, but their spirit of love and devotion that Paul appreciated most.

6. How did Paul refer to the financial support that he received from the Philippian believers (Philippians 4:18)? Paul referred to the offering as a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God.

7. What did Paul say would be provided to the Philippian believers (Philippians 4:19)? Paul said his God would supply every need of theirs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

8. What did Paul want to be with the Philippian believers (Philippians 4:23)? Paul wanted the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with them all.

HEAR the WORD

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  Do you believe this verse is true in your life? We can trust that God will always meet our needs.  Even if it is the courage to face death.  Whatever we need God will supply.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – thing about such things.

Philippians 4:11-13 … I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. … I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation … I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our needs.  Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain.  We may not get all that we want.  By trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting His provision and power to live for Him.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Do you know someone who needs this message?  Precede with caution.  Make sure God is directing you.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will indeed rejoice in You always (Philippians 4:4).  Lord, I pray our gentleness will be evident to all (Philippians 4:5).  Lord, I pray we will not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, we will present our requests to You for then Your peace which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Your Son Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).  Lord, I pray we will think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).  Lord, I pray we will put into practice whatever we’ve learned or received or  heard from Your people (Philippians 4:9).  Lord, I pray we will indeed be content whatever our circumstances (Philippians 4:11).  Lord, I pray we will always remember we can do everything through You who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).  Lord, I pray we will trust You to meet all our needs according to Your glorious riches in Your Son Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  May the grace of Your Son, Christ Jesus, be with our spirit (Philippians 4:23).  AMEN.  

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I trust God to provide what we need.” <>< Dona