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The Joy of Harmony

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September 30, 2020
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During this message learn four principles that will ensure your joy during trials.

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  • of Philippians, Dr. Jeremiahuncovers the apostle Paul's
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  • secret to experiencing a joythat carried Paul through
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Joy of Harmony."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: In theearly church there were a few
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  • men who were gifted with whatwas called exhortation.
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  • No question aboutthe fact that Paul
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  • was one of those gifted men.
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  • They used their giftto encourage
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  • and motivate people and whenthey spoke, it was like you
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  • were in the locker room gettingready to go out and play
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  • a game because they spokelike that, motivationally
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  • and powerfully.
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  • So here are Paul'sfour exhortations
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  • to the Philippiansand to us in Philippians
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  • chapter 4:1 through 5.
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  • Number one: don't be defeated.
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  • Paul writes in the 1st verseof the 4th chapter:
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  • "Therefore, my belovedand longed-for brethren,
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  • my joy and crown, so standfast in the Lord, beloved."
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  • I don't know if you noticed itor not but in that one verse,
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  • Paul said five good thingsabout the Philippians.
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  • They were, first of all,his brethren.
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  • These people were familyto the apostle and he considered
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  • them his spiritualbrothers and sisters.
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  • Second, twice in the sameverse, he called them beloved.
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  • Third, he described themas longed-for and more than
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  • anything else hevalued the people themselves.
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  • He describes them as his joyand he ends up by referring
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  • to them as his crown.
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  • And it's intriguing that hisadmonition and exhortation
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  • to these people is not for themto march forward in the battle.
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  • He tells them to stand.
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  • In every one of Paul's lettersthere is no offensive warfare
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  • demanded of believers.
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  • That comes as quite asurprise to many of us.
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  • Even in Ephesians 6 where youhave the whole armor of God,
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  • all of the armor exceptfor the sword of the Spirit
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  • is defensive armor,to protect the believer
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  • and help them stand.
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  • You see, the fact is there is nomore ground for us to take.
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  • Jesus Christ has already wonthe battle decisively when he
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  • died on the cross and wasresurrected from the dead
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  • and his command to us isto hold the ground
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  • that he's already given us.
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  • We are to standfast in the Lord.
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  • So the first thing Paul tellsthese Philippians believers
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  • from his incarcerationis, "Whatever you do,
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  • don't let the enemy make inroadsinto the joy of the Lord."
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  • And remember,that was happening.
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  • There were some dudesfrom Jerusalem who had
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  • come up and tried to tell theseChristians that unless
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  • they embraced theOld Testament law
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  • they could not be Christians.
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  • In other words, they hadto become Jews before
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  • they could become Christians.
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  • Paul said that's false doctrine.
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  • Don't let it in.Stand your ground.
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  • Stand against that which comesagainst what God has given
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  • you and that's thechallenge he gives to us today.
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  • Everywhere you look today, thereare strange things being said.
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  • It's just not inthe political world,
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  • it's in the religious worldas well.
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  • Our job is to knowthe Word of God,
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  • to understand what God has givenus and stand with everything
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  • we have against those whowould come to take it from us.
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  • Here's his second exhortation:don't be divisive.
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  • Now I have to believe in myheart this might have been maybe
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  • the main reason Paulwrote this letter.
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  • Here's what he says inchapter 4, verses 2 and 3:
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  • "I implore Euodia and Iimplore Syntyche to be
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  • of the same mind in the Lord.
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  • And I urge you also,true companion,
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  • help these women wholabored with me in the gospel,
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  • with Clement also,and the rest of my
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  • fellow workers, whose namesare in the Book of Life."
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  • Now there's a little backgroundto this so let me create it
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  • from the Scripture.
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  • When Paul came to Philippito start this church,
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  • he started in a way that manyof the churches started during
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  • that day: without a churchand without a synagogue
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  • they would meet at the riverin the middle of the city
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  • and have theirlittle gatherings.
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  • One day Paul came to Philippi,he went to the river and there
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  • he met a woman named Lydia.
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  • She was a commercial woman.
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  • She sold purple and that daywhen Paul met with her
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  • and explained the gospel to her,she quietly accepted the Lord
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  • and she began to live for him.
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  • If you wanna read the wholestory of this,
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  • it's in the 16thchapter of Acts.
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  • Paul owed a debt to the manywomen who were
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  • a part of the early churchesthat he made happen.
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  • These women hadenough faith to pray,
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  • many of them werevery prosperous.
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  • There's a whole study onthe women who financed Paul's
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  • journeys, that helped him dowhat he did just out of their
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  • love for the gospeland their love for him.
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  • However, the Philippianchurch has now grown.
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  • It's been in existencefor a while
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  • and, apparently, there's thesetwo women in the church
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  • who are causing trouble.
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  • And Paul's reallyworried about it.
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  • And all this stuff we've beenlearning about unity and walking
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  • in oneness of spirit,I believe it's all
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  • directed to this problem.
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  • He's building up to it.
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  • Now he's gonna tell uswhat the problem is.
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  • These two womenaren't getting along.
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  • Paul referred to these womenas "those who labored with him
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  • in the gospel."
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  • These weren't just women whowere at the edge of the church.
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  • These were women whowere at the very core
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  • of the church.
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  • They may have been someof the women who helped
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  • find a church and found it.
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  • Their effect on the congregationcouldn't be explained if they
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  • weren't influentialin the congregation.
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  • Their names are interesting.
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  • Euodia means sweet fragrance.
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  • Syntyche means affable.
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  • So Sweet Fragranceand Affable weren't
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  • getting along.
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  • I remember a time inthe church that I started in,
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  • Fort Wayne, Indiana, that wewere experiencing some disunity
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  • among some of our members.
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  • It was the first timeI'd ever experienced
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  • that and I was trying to figurethis all out.
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  • It was exhausting to me becauseit just--it was taking up
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  • all my time.
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  • Every daysomebody would call me,
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  • "Did you hear this?
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  • Did you hear that?She said this, she said that."
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  • And I could not come to gripswith the amount of time it was
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  • taking for me to dealwith disunity in our church.
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  • And then one day in my study,I came across this Scripture:
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  • "I, therefore, the prisonerof the Lord, beseech you
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  • to walk worthy of the callingwith which you were
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  • called, with alllowliness and gentleness,
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  • and long-suffering, bearingwith one another in love,"
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  • now watch this phrase,"endeavoring to keep the unity
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  • of the Spirit withthe bond of peace."
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  • I looked up the word "endeavor"and it's a word that comes
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  • from the same word as diligence.
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  • It means to workhard, to pursue,
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  • to give everythingyou have to it.
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  • Here is Paul tellingthe Ephesians
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  • that keeping the unityin the church is just
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  • plain hard work.
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  • You have to be aware, you haveto be willing to spend yourself
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  • because the unity of the churchis one of the high priorities
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  • of the Lord Jesus.
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  • He prayed in his high priestlyprayer that we would be one.
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  • We are all part ofthe body of Christ
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  • and when little chapters likesome churches,
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  • maybe one that you camefrom, has disruption
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  • and disunity and arguments
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  • and fights, it's displeasingto the Lord and we who are
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  • in charge in leadership inchurches, we should take
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  • that very seriously.
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  • My father, who was a pastor,used to tell me when he found
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  • out I was goinginto the ministry,
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  • he'd give me theselittle tidbits of advice.
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  • He would say to mesomething like this:
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  • "David, if you take careof the splinters,
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  • you'll never have a split."
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  • And he was telling me the truth.
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  • You have to work hard at unity.
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  • When something goeswrong, somebody gets upset,
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  • I mean, like about the musicor whether you should wear
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  • ties or whatever, you gotta workhard at making sure that doesn't
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  • do damage to the body of Christ.
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  • As he attempted to dealwith the division in
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  • the church at Philippi, Paulcalled upon his friends in
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  • the church to help thesewomen--help these women.
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  • He wanted the problem resolved.
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  • His appeal was strong and hisreasoning was clear:
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  • these women were membersof the body of Christ
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  • and they should not be divided.
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  • Paul appealed to a threefoldunity to bring these two women
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  • back together.
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  • First of all, he remindedthe Philippians that these
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  • women had unity intheir salvation.
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  • He said, "These women, theirnames are in the Book of Life."
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  • If you study the Book of Lifein the book of Revelation,
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  • you discover thatthe Book of Life was
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  • a book into which every humanwho was born into the world
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  • had their name insertedand if, by the time they
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  • die, they have not receivedJesus Christ as their personal
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  • Savior, their name is blottedout of the book.
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  • When we get to heaven someday,God's gonna open the book to see
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  • if our name is in the book.
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  • And if we have acceptedChrist, we will be in the book.
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  • But if we have not, ourname will not be there.
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  • Paul said their nameswere in the Book of Life.
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  • They were Christians.They had unity in salvation.
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  • But they also hadunity in Spirit.
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  • Paul said they wereof the same mind.
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  • When Paul exhorted thesetwo women to be
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  • of the same mind, he was justreminding them that they had
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  • the Holy Spirit living in themand he was talking about
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  • the spirit of humilityand servanthood which
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  • should have filled both of them.
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  • They had a unity in Spirit.
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  • These were womenwho were together.
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  • And here's the mostamazing thing.
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  • They had unity in service.
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  • Euodia and Syntyche arewonderfully described here
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  • as "women who labored with Paulin the gospel and with Clement
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  • also, and the rest of hisfellow workers."
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  • These two women werenot just Christians.
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  • They were not justwomen who knew the Lord.
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  • They were womenwho served the Lord.
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  • Think of that now.
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  • They were unifiedin their salvation,
  • 00:12:43.936 --> 00:12:46.705
  • unified in their Spirit,unified in their serving.
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  • Oh, how he lovedthe unity of the believer.
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  • Much more could be said aboutthat but let's get number three.
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  • Don't be defeated,don't be divisive,
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  • and don't be discouraged.
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  • Here's my favorite part.
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  • Philippians 4:4:"Rejoice in the Lord always.
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  • Again I will say, rejoice!"
  • 00:13:13.699 --> 00:13:18.103
  • I don't know what was going onin the Philippians church but
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  • if we've been studying alongthe way what was happening
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  • with all these people tryingto come in and destroy their
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  • unity, all these people who weretrying to drag them back into
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  • the old days of Judaism, thatmust have been really hard
  • 00:13:30.182 --> 00:13:34.186
  • and there probably hadbeen discussions at dinner
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  • on some nights at home whereone person was going this way
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  • and another person had beenattracted to go this way.
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  • And they were even nottogether in their families.
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  • And Paul, who's a great exampleto all of us who preach
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  • the gospel, wanted to pourcourage into their lives.
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  • Did you know that's what itmeans to encourage somebody?
  • 00:13:55.507 --> 00:13:58.577
  • To pour courage into their life.
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  • When somebody's discouraged,that means they're running low
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  • on their tank of courage.
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  • So when you encourage them,you fill them back up again.
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  • And that's whatPaul's going to do.
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  • He says, "Rejoicein the Lord always.
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  • And again I say, rejoice!"
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  • In the book of Philippians,the word "rejoice" is used
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  • nine times and the word "joy" isused four times and the phrase
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  • "rejoice" is used twice.
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  • And these powerful positivewords were written by a man
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  • who was under housearrest in Rome.
  • 00:14:30.743 --> 00:14:33.312
  • This exhortation to rejoiceis the message of Paul
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  • and, believe it or not,this will surprise you,
  • 00:14:37.683 --> 00:14:40.953
  • it's the message of the shortestverse in the Bible.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16:"Rejoice always."
  • 00:14:43.689 --> 00:14:48.494
  • Now I know what you're thinking.
  • 00:14:48.527 --> 00:14:50.129
  • Some of you grew up inthe church and you thought
  • 00:14:50.162 --> 00:14:51.931
  • "Jesus wept" was theshortest verse, John 11:35.
  • 00:14:51.964 --> 00:14:56.235
  • And it is the shortest versein the Bible if you're
  • 00:14:56.268 --> 00:14:59.004
  • just counting the English.
  • 00:14:59.038 --> 00:15:01.407
  • But the New Testament was notwritten in English but in Greek
  • 00:15:01.440 --> 00:15:04.310
  • and there are 16 lettersin the Greek phrase,
  • 00:15:04.343 --> 00:15:07.780
  • "Jesus wept," and there are only14 letters in the Greek phrase
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  • "Rejoice always."
  • 00:15:11.050 --> 00:15:12.918
  • So "Rejoice always" isthe shortest verse in
  • 00:15:12.952 --> 00:15:14.954
  • the Bible, right there,there you go.
  • 00:15:14.987 --> 00:15:18.324
  • Now let's go back to thisshortest verse in the Bible
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  • and put it in its context.
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  • Now I want you to get this,friends.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to 18:"Rejoice always,
  • 00:15:25.064 --> 00:15:30.002
  • pray without ceasing, ineverything give thanks,"
  • 00:15:30.035 --> 00:15:33.172
  • now grab hold of this,"for this is the will
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  • of God in Christ Jesus for you."
  • 00:15:36.241 --> 00:15:40.946
  • What is the will of Godin Christ Jesus for you?
  • 00:15:40.980 --> 00:15:44.383
  • Rejoice always.
  • 00:15:44.416 --> 00:15:46.752
  • When Paul exhortedthe Philippians to rejoice,
  • 00:15:46.785 --> 00:15:49.421
  • he was not motivatingthem to seek happiness.
  • 00:15:49.455 --> 00:15:53.759
  • Joy is not happiness.Joy is a relationship.
  • 00:15:53.792 --> 00:15:58.797
  • One of the best definitionsof joy that I ever read goes
  • 00:15:58.831 --> 00:16:01.767
  • like this: "Joy is the flagflown high from the castle
  • 00:16:01.800 --> 00:16:07.606
  • of my heart when the Kingis in residence."
  • 00:16:07.639 --> 00:16:11.910
  • When Jesus is in my life, whenI'm honoring him with what I do,
  • 00:16:11.944 --> 00:16:16.315
  • when I'm living the lifeof Christ the best
  • 00:16:16.348 --> 00:16:19.551
  • that I am able to in the powerof the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:16:19.585 --> 00:16:21.987
  • when that's going onand Jesus is in my life
  • 00:16:22.021 --> 00:16:24.323
  • and the flag of joy is flyingover my heart, I can go
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  • through anything,no matter what it is.
  • 00:16:27.526 --> 00:16:29.328
  • And I will be sad, I will cry,I will have tears but it can't
  • 00:16:29.361 --> 00:16:33.732
  • touch the joy that'sdown deep in my heart.
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  • The joy of knowingthat everything is okay
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  • with me as long as I'm okaywith God, amen?
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  • [applauding]
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  • And you know, that'snot just one verse.
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  • Here's a couple of Scripturesfrom the Old Testament
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  • to illustrate what I'm saying.
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  • Psalm 5:11 says this: "But letall those rejoice who put their
  • 00:16:54.520 --> 00:16:59.491
  • trust in You; let themever shout for joy,
  • 00:16:59.525 --> 00:17:02.594
  • because You defend them;let those also who love
  • 00:17:02.628 --> 00:17:05.697
  • Your name be joyful in You."
  • 00:17:05.731 --> 00:17:10.502
  • Psalm 9:1 and 2: "I willpraise You, O Lord,
  • 00:17:10.536 --> 00:17:12.871
  • with my whole heart; I will tellof all Your marvelous works.
  • 00:17:12.905 --> 00:17:17.810
  • I will be gladand rejoice in You;
  • 00:17:17.843 --> 00:17:20.913
  • I will sing praiseto Your name, O Most High."
  • 00:17:20.946 --> 00:17:26.218
  • That doesn't soundnegative, does it?
  • 00:17:26.251 --> 00:17:29.788
  • Nehemiah 8:10 says: "The joyof the Lord is your strength."
  • 00:17:29.822 --> 00:17:36.195
  • Did you know that gratitudeand joy go together?
  • 00:17:36.228 --> 00:17:41.600
  • I watched a commencementaddress that was given
  • 00:17:41.633 --> 00:17:43.669
  • by Denzel Washington,one of my favorite actors.
  • 00:17:43.702 --> 00:17:47.239
  • He ended his talk withthis little bit of advice.
  • 00:17:47.272 --> 00:17:51.343
  • He said, "When yougo to bed tonight,
  • 00:17:51.376 --> 00:17:53.645
  • be sure to place your slippersway under your bed
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  • so that when you awake tomorrowyou'll have to get down
  • 00:17:57.015 --> 00:17:59.551
  • on your knees to get them.
  • 00:17:59.585 --> 00:18:02.387
  • And while you're down there,be sure to thank the Lord
  • 00:18:02.421 --> 00:18:04.857
  • for all that he hasdone for you."
  • 00:18:04.890 --> 00:18:06.592
  • How's that for apositive way to start your day?
  • 00:18:06.625 --> 00:18:10.762
  • [applauding]
  • 00:18:10.796 --> 00:18:13.132
  • You see, happiness is justthe world's cheap imitation
  • 00:18:15.234 --> 00:18:18.470
  • of Christian joy.
  • 00:18:18.504 --> 00:18:21.140
  • Did you know happeningsare the basis of happiness?
  • 00:18:21.173 --> 00:18:25.511
  • Come from the same word.
  • 00:18:25.544 --> 00:18:27.446
  • Happiness then dependson what's happening.
  • 00:18:27.479 --> 00:18:29.781
  • How many of you know if youhave the joy of the Lord in your
  • 00:18:29.815 --> 00:18:31.884
  • heart, it doesn'tdepend on what's happening?
  • 00:18:31.917 --> 00:18:33.452
  • It depends on the ever-faithfulGod in whose trust
  • 00:18:33.485 --> 00:18:37.256
  • you place your life.
  • 00:18:37.289 --> 00:18:40.025
  • When we have joy, it can be ourconstant possession
  • 00:18:40.058 --> 00:18:42.427
  • 'cause it doesn't dependon the circumstances
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  • of the day.
  • 00:18:45.097 --> 00:18:46.398
  • Paul said,"Rejoice in the Lord."
  • 00:18:46.431 --> 00:18:48.600
  • Rejoice in the Lord.
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  • This philosophy made it possiblefor him to endure all kinds
  • 00:18:50.903 --> 00:18:53.939
  • of problems and still moveforward in his walk with Christ.
  • 00:18:53.972 --> 00:18:58.210
  • When he wrote his second letterto the church at Corinth,
  • 00:18:58.243 --> 00:19:02.014
  • he listed just a fewof the things he had endured.
  • 00:19:02.047 --> 00:19:04.183
  • There's two or three of theselists in the Epistles
  • 00:19:04.216 --> 00:19:06.451
  • but this is my favorite.
  • 00:19:06.485 --> 00:19:08.020
  • This is the things Pauldealt with every day.
  • 00:19:08.053 --> 00:19:10.656
  • Remember, he'sthe apostle of joy.
  • 00:19:10.689 --> 00:19:12.324
  • He wrote a bookthat has joy in it
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  • 9 times, 12 times, 14 times.
  • 00:19:14.426 --> 00:19:18.530
  • You wanna knowwhat he lived like?
  • 00:19:18.564 --> 00:19:21.099
  • Here it is.
  • 00:19:21.133 --> 00:19:22.534
  • "From the Jews five timesI received 40 stripes minus one.
  • 00:19:22.568 --> 00:19:25.637
  • Three times I wasbeaten with rods;
  • 00:19:25.671 --> 00:19:28.440
  • once I was stoned;three times I was shipwrecked;
  • 00:19:28.473 --> 00:19:31.677
  • a night and a day Ihave been in the deep;
  • 00:19:31.710 --> 00:19:33.979
  • in journeys often,in perils of waters,
  • 00:19:34.012 --> 00:19:35.814
  • in perils of robbers, inperils of my own countrymen,
  • 00:19:35.847 --> 00:19:39.318
  • in perils of the Gentiles,in perils in the city,
  • 00:19:39.351 --> 00:19:42.487
  • in perils in the wilderness,in perils in the sea,
  • 00:19:42.521 --> 00:19:45.057
  • in perils among false brethren;in weariness and toil,
  • 00:19:45.090 --> 00:19:48.994
  • in sleeplessness often,in hunger and thirst,
  • 00:19:49.027 --> 00:19:52.731
  • in fastings often, in coldand nakedness--beside the other
  • 00:19:52.764 --> 00:19:56.568
  • things, what comes upon medaily: my deep concern
  • 00:19:56.602 --> 00:19:58.670
  • for all the churches."
  • 00:19:58.704 --> 00:20:00.939
  • Rejoice in the Lord?
  • 00:20:00.973 --> 00:20:04.209
  • You gotta be kidding me.
  • 00:20:04.243 --> 00:20:08.313
  • In the midst of that,he rejoiced in the Lord.
  • 00:20:08.347 --> 00:20:12.818
  • How could anyone experienceall these things and still
  • 00:20:12.851 --> 00:20:16.188
  • have the spirit of joy?
  • 00:20:16.221 --> 00:20:18.290
  • Paul understood whatmost modern men do not,
  • 00:20:18.323 --> 00:20:20.892
  • that joy and pain are oftencompatible emotions.
  • 00:20:20.926 --> 00:20:26.131
  • Is there any joy greater,women, than to bring a new life
  • 00:20:26.164 --> 00:20:31.403
  • into the world?
  • 00:20:31.436 --> 00:20:32.904
  • And is there any pain worsethan what accompanies that joy?
  • 00:20:32.938 --> 00:20:38.944
  • If you never have any pain,you don't know what joy is like.
  • 00:20:38.977 --> 00:20:42.714
  • If you've never been sick,you don't know what it's like
  • 00:20:42.748 --> 00:20:45.083
  • to be well.
  • 00:20:45.117 --> 00:20:46.652
  • If you've never lost a job,you don't know
  • 00:20:46.685 --> 00:20:48.587
  • the joy of having a job.
  • 00:20:48.620 --> 00:20:50.922
  • You see, pain and joy arekind of God's yin and yang,
  • 00:20:50.956 --> 00:20:54.092
  • if I can say that, to keep usfocused and understand
  • 00:20:54.126 --> 00:20:58.530
  • that our joy isn't aboutwhat happens.
  • 00:20:58.563 --> 00:21:00.599
  • Our joy is about who weknow and who we love.
  • 00:21:00.632 --> 00:21:06.138
  • The apostle James wroteabout this in his letter.
  • 00:21:06.171 --> 00:21:10.242
  • He said, "My brethren,count it all joy when
  • 00:21:10.275 --> 00:21:15.647
  • you fall into trials."
  • 00:21:15.681 --> 00:21:18.116
  • You know, this isone of the things
  • 00:21:18.150 --> 00:21:20.519
  • that's so cool aboutbeing a Christian.
  • 00:21:20.552 --> 00:21:22.321
  • We can understand thisbut somebody who's not
  • 00:21:22.354 --> 00:21:24.456
  • a Christian thinks we're crazy.
  • 00:21:24.489 --> 00:21:26.591
  • That's just double-talk.This is crazy speech.
  • 00:21:26.625 --> 00:21:30.062
  • And that's what theythink but, if you know Jesus,
  • 00:21:30.095 --> 00:21:32.164
  • you know what I'm talking about.
  • 00:21:32.197 --> 00:21:33.632
  • It's true, isn't it?
  • 00:21:33.665 --> 00:21:34.966
  • We have a peacethat passes all understanding.
  • 00:21:35.000 --> 00:21:37.502
  • If you don't know Jesus Christand his peace and his joy,
  • 00:21:37.536 --> 00:21:40.305
  • you can't comprehend that.
  • 00:21:40.339 --> 00:21:41.940
  • If you haven't been through atrial or two and watched how
  • 00:21:41.973 --> 00:21:44.710
  • faithful the Lord is with youwhen you go through that trial,
  • 00:21:44.743 --> 00:21:49.715
  • you can't understand whatI'm talking about today.
  • 00:21:49.748 --> 00:21:53.985
  • One of the most encouragingpassages in all of the Bible
  • 00:21:54.019 --> 00:21:57.255
  • and certainly one of the mostencouraging in the Old Testament
  • 00:21:57.289 --> 00:22:00.359
  • is this from theprophet Habakkuk
  • 00:22:00.392 --> 00:22:04.529
  • who validated thisconcept of joy.
  • 00:22:04.563 --> 00:22:06.298
  • Have you ever read this?
  • 00:22:06.331 --> 00:22:07.966
  • "Though the figtree may not blossom,
  • 00:22:07.999 --> 00:22:10.936
  • nor fruit be on the vines;though the labor of the olive
  • 00:22:10.969 --> 00:22:15.207
  • may fail, and thefields yield no food;
  • 00:22:15.240 --> 00:22:18.210
  • though the flock may be cutoff from the fold,
  • 00:22:18.243 --> 00:22:20.812
  • and there be no herd inthe stalls,"
  • 00:22:20.846 --> 00:22:22.948
  • listen now, "yet I willrejoice in the Lord,
  • 00:22:22.981 --> 00:22:26.385
  • I will joy in the Godof my salvation."
  • 00:22:26.418 --> 00:22:30.589
  • For a man in Habakkuk's day,what he just described
  • 00:22:30.622 --> 00:22:33.859
  • was total, absolute ruin.
  • 00:22:33.892 --> 00:22:36.061
  • In an agricultural world,he just described someone
  • 00:22:36.094 --> 00:22:38.830
  • losing everything they hadand at the end of it he said,
  • 00:22:38.864 --> 00:22:43.168
  • "Yet I will rejoice in theLord, and I will joy in
  • 00:22:43.201 --> 00:22:47.806
  • the God of my salvation."
  • 00:22:47.839 --> 00:22:50.709
  • So don't be defeatedand don't be divisive
  • 00:22:50.742 --> 00:22:53.011
  • and don't be discouraged.
  • 00:22:53.044 --> 00:22:54.379
  • Whatever you do,don't be discouraged.
  • 00:22:54.413 --> 00:22:56.748
  • And don't be defensive.
  • 00:22:56.782 --> 00:22:59.618
  • Verse 5 says: "Let yourgentleness be known to all men.
  • 00:22:59.651 --> 00:23:02.788
  • The Lord is at hand."
  • 00:23:02.821 --> 00:23:05.457
  • When the apostle urgesthe Philippians to let their
  • 00:23:05.490 --> 00:23:08.493
  • gentleness be known to all men,he uses a word that means
  • 00:23:08.527 --> 00:23:11.930
  • to be reasonable, not to becarried away with an obsession.
  • 00:23:11.963 --> 00:23:14.933
  • Paul was exhorting hisfriends to avoid that inflexible
  • 00:23:14.966 --> 00:23:21.706
  • attitude that will not bendor yield to another's opinion.
  • 00:23:21.740 --> 00:23:25.277
  • He was not saying that doctrinalconviction should be yielded.
  • 00:23:25.310 --> 00:23:29.614
  • He was not urging compromise.
  • 00:23:29.648 --> 00:23:31.716
  • Paul's exhortation wasa very proper ending
  • 00:23:31.750 --> 00:23:33.752
  • to this whole discussion.
  • 00:23:33.785 --> 00:23:36.488
  • We must cultivate the rightspirit toward one another
  • 00:23:36.521 --> 00:23:39.958
  • so that even in areas wherewe may not see eye to eye,
  • 00:23:39.991 --> 00:23:43.395
  • we can still love one anotherand avoid the problems
  • 00:23:43.428 --> 00:23:46.832
  • that separated Euodiaand Syntyche.
  • 00:23:46.865 --> 00:23:50.802
  • Why was he saying that?
  • 00:23:50.836 --> 00:23:53.038
  • Because they were beingassaulted by bad people,
  • 00:23:53.071 --> 00:23:56.441
  • evil-spirited people,and Paul was saying,
  • 00:23:56.475 --> 00:23:58.977
  • "Don't return evil for evil."
  • 00:23:59.010 --> 00:24:00.946
  • Paul said, "Be reasonable,be gentle.
  • 00:24:00.979 --> 00:24:03.682
  • There's a way you can standfor your faith without losing
  • 00:24:03.715 --> 00:24:06.518
  • your reputation.
  • 00:24:06.551 --> 00:24:09.488
  • You can be strongand still loving.
  • 00:24:09.521 --> 00:24:12.524
  • You can be bold and not be bad."
  • 00:24:12.557 --> 00:24:17.229
  • We have to show it all the timeto all people whether they agree
  • 00:24:17.262 --> 00:24:21.600
  • with us or not.
  • 00:24:21.633 --> 00:24:24.169
  • So as you look back, here'sPaul's four principles:
  • 00:24:24.202 --> 00:24:26.771
  • don't be defeated;stand your ground.
  • 00:24:26.805 --> 00:24:29.875
  • Don't be divisive;be of the same mind.
  • 00:24:29.908 --> 00:24:33.178
  • Don't be discouraged;rejoice in the Lord.
  • 00:24:33.211 --> 00:24:36.314
  • And don't be defensive; letyour big-heartedness be known
  • 00:24:36.348 --> 00:24:39.784
  • to all men.
  • 00:24:39.818 --> 00:24:41.453
  • So let's walkwith a positive gait.
  • 00:24:41.486 --> 00:24:43.922
  • Let's walk tall and strong.
  • 00:24:43.955 --> 00:24:45.590
  • Let's be the peopleChrist created us to be.
  • 00:24:45.624 --> 00:24:48.560
  • What did he create us to be?
  • 00:24:48.593 --> 00:24:50.428
  • "Rejoice evermorefor this is the will
  • 00:24:50.462 --> 00:24:53.064
  • of God in Christ Jesusconcerning you,"
  • 00:24:53.098 --> 00:24:55.500
  • and all the people of Godsaid "Amen."
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  • "Count It All Joy."
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  • In its pages, you'll discoverpractical steps about how
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  • to claim a happinessthat circumstances
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  • 12-message teaching serieson your choice of CD or DVD,
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  • and a correlating study guide.
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  • announcer: If you personallyhave never taken the step
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  • you can do that today.
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  • And if you will allow us,Dr. Jeremiah would like
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  • The first is a booklet called"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • "Turning Points," to give youencouragement and inspiration
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  • male announcer: In additionto these free study resources,
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiahhas a Bible for every member
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  • will bring the truth of God'sWord to the young ones
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible sayswhen we put our trust in him,
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  • when we pray, when we takethe Word of God seriously,
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  • when we determine we're gonnacontrol what enters our mind,
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  • the Bible says God not onlygarrisons our heart with
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  • the peace of Godbut he enters our
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  • heart with the presence of God.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Joy of Security,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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