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Philippians 4 outline

Philippians 4:4-8, Don’t Worry, Be Happy from WORRY LESS, LIVE MORE  by Robert Morgan

 

Phil.4:4—The process begins of burying your worries by “Rejoice in the Lord always”. This is a command to obey by your volition which is given all through the Bible—Ps.32:11,35:9-10, Isa.29:19,41:16, Joel 2:23, Hab.3:17-18, SO MAKE THE CHOICE TO DO IT! Rejoice in God’s: promises, providence, precepts, pardon, and paradise. Train your mind and the mood will follow.

 

Phil.4:5, have a spirit of kindness, patience, and calmness. Practice self control because the Lord is near you, with you. James 5:8, 1 Peter 4:7

 

Phil.4:6, Replace worry with PRAYER. Worry separates you from God, but prayer brings you close to God. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast your worry on Him”. Transfer your legitimate worries into God’s hands so He can transfer His peace into your heart.

By “supplication” or humble petition include the specific details of your needs.

“with thanksgiving” adds an attitude that melts away worry. Thanksgiving is the enemy of dissatisfaction, so compile a list of blessings.

 

Phil.4:7, The “peace of God” will replace and overcome all the worldly adversity. It is a spiritual peace that the world does not know. Godly peace is a result of the steps taken in v.4-6. The steps are: we rejoice in the Lord, maintain a gentle spirit, pray listing our petitions with thanksgiving, and the Lord blesses us with His peace. Ps.29:11 “The Lord blesses His people with peace”. Our worry will recede and be replaced by peace which will “guard your hearts and minds”, meaning God’s peace will protect your emotions and your thinking.

 

Phil.4:8, The practice of thinking—you must think about something so will it be “garbage in garbage out”, or TRUTH IN TRUTH OUT? After we obey and experience Phil.4:4-7, we need to train our thoughts for the continuity of peace by having minds that migrate to positive thoughts of truth, respectable, moral, pure, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy. HOW? Eastern Gurus tell you to meditate by emptying your mind, but the Bible says to fill it with the truth.

 

Conclusion: Write the opposite of Phil.4:4-8, “Doubt in the Lord always. Again I say: Doubt! Let your worry be evident to all. The Lord has forgotten you. Be anxious about everything, and in all things by mistrust and misery with thanklessness, wring your hands before God. And the weight of the world, which transcends all understanding, will control your emotions and minds as you lose your grip on Christ. Finally whatever is aggravating, whatever is agitating, whatever is threatening, upsetting, or unnerving—whatever disturbs you—think about that.” 

 

That is the worldly way that the adversary of God proposes to you!

About the Author: Charlie Taylor
About the Author: Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor grew up in Dallas, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas Business School and went into the commercial real estate business for about twenty years before enrolling in and graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary with honors.

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