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Philippians 1:1-11 (2 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
April 30, 1997
General Electric Power Company! That's a way of remembering how to find Galatians .. Ephesians .. Philippeans .. and Colossians. So .. take God's Word and turn please to the book of Philippians!
And what an exciting book to study for it contains a needed message for today: The Secret to Continual Joy! And again .. let me say that it will be a great day in your life when you come to learn that real joy is not tied to circumstances .. it is tied to Christ!
Psalm 16.11, "You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Oh .. how we need to learn that in His presence is fullness of joy!
And the one place on earth where joy should permeate is the church of Jesus Christ! When people come here to worship they ought to see and sense our joy! I don't anything that will stifle the work of God anymore than a joyless and long-faced Christians!
The greatest evidence to the lost of our community that Jesus saves is a changed life! And that's what Paul's talking about in this joy letter to the Philippeans.
Now there's a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is that emotion that comes from what happens. In fact .. that's where the word "happiness" comes from .. the word "happens."
So .. happiness comes from the external. But joy comes from the internal. Happiness comes from what happens to you. Joy comes from what happens in you! Somebody has said that Joy is the flag that flies above the castle of your heart .. announcing that the king is in residence." And how we need to fly the flag of joy each day announcing that the king is in residence!
Now remember .. Paul is in prison in Rome. He as been sick .. beatened .. robbed .. and
shipwrecked. His is old. His health is gone. His freedom is gone. And rather than enjoying retirement in his old age .. rather than being apostle emeritus .. ...
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