We live in a troubled world.
All around us we see people with real problems.
We have real problems.
A recent national survey shows that: 75% of Americans are stressed 25% of Americans are angry Yet all of this is why Jesus came to this world. 1)
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
That’s a promise that we need to hold on to.
Part of HOW we achieve that peace relates to:
That’s what today’s sermon is all about.
How you position your mind will enable you to
“overcome the world” through Jesus.
In Phil 4, Paul gives a mathematical formula
on finding peace.
Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
When you wake up in the morning,
what is your mindset?
Is it, Good Morning Lord!
Good Lord, it’s morning?
While we laugh, there is much truth here.
How we set our minds each morning
will affect the balance of our day.
If we wake up in a bad mood,
we’re probably going to have a bad day.
If we wake up in good mood,
it helps our outlook.
Paul’s recommendation on starting your day…
Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! It’s an attitude of gratitude. Despite your hardships, You have MUCH to be thankful for. We live in a wealthy nation, But we are so unhappy. Did you know that Scandinavian nations are regarded as the happiest nations. Yet the percentage of believers there is Very small. Look at the number of Christians in US. Why are we so unhappy? BECAUSE WE LACK THIS IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE 4) Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. I will say it again: Rejoice! We rejoice when things are going our way. But what about when they don’t? We tell God: “Lord, I’d be happy if you’d give me this job.” God doesn’t want you to find happiness in things, He wants you to find happiness in Him. 5) If God took everything away from you, -job -home -health -family -everything YOU’VE STILL GOT HIM. You say, “It would never get that bad.” IT DID FOR JOB "Job did not sin, nor did he blame God.”-Job 1:22 As believers in this country, we take God for granted. We also take our salvation for granted. God saved us, AT A PRICE. If you are saved, you know that 6) 2 Co 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. No matter what your troubles, They are light & momentary. Remember this! The first key to a proper mindset: Rejoice Next, Paul gives another part of the formula. 7) Phil 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. In an angry world, this is important. Let people see Jesus in you. Your gentleness is how you handle things. What do you do when the boss screams at you? I love studying the psychology of how Jesus handled difficult people. He was the master. When they asked him a trapping question, He answered with a question. He never let his opponents get the upper hand. He was always calm & restrained. That’s how he wants us to be. Most difficult people try to get a reaction out of us. They won’t, if we don’t let them. That choice is up to us. "Let your gentleness be evident to all." 2nd part of the mathematical formula The 3rd & final part of the formula 8) Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Don’t worry about it. God’s got it. Instead of worrying, he tells us HOW to pray: 9) but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests (not demands) to God. Is this how we pray? PROBABLY NOT Our prayers represent shopping lists. This prayer thanks God for good & bad. This prayer makes a request to God. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Despite what we think: 1. We’re not the boss 2. God knows what is best So far, we have 3 parts of God's mathematical formula 10) Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 1+1+1= 3 IF you will follow these 3 steps, Here is the PROMISE 11) Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Isn’t that awesome? Wouldn’t you like to have this peace? It can be yours. It’s promised. The peace of God will GUARD Your heart & mind. The devil will come at you with lies. It’s OK, because you know the TRUTH. God’s peace is guarding your heart & mind. I picture God’s peace, like angels on guard. In the last two verses, Paul shares how to STAY IN THAT PEACE 12) Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. What do you fill your mind with? Does it make you Angry? Bitter? Jealous? You cannot fill your mind with negative thoughts & expect God’s peace. If you want God’s peace, you need to think about: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable anything that is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. IF you do this, here’s another promise: 13) And the God of peace will be with you. When we focus on our blessings (instead of our hardships) WE’RE HAPPIER PEOPLE When we focus on positive things (rather than negative) WE’RE HAPPIER PEOPLE God wants us to be happy. Happiness is determined by our 14) Mindset That’s a choice we all have to make.