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Philippians 1:10-11 (6 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
June 4, 1997
We're learning this summer from the book of Philippians the secret to continual joy! Joy is a mark of Jesus in our life! Ezra 6.22, "for the Lord made them joyful." And if you'll go back and read that verse in its' context you'll find it describing the children of Israel who had returned from captivity and separated themselves from the v.21,"filth of the nations of the land in order to seek the Lord God of Israel."
Joy is always linked with purity! Joy is always linked to separation and in the case of Ezra .. from the "filth of the nations of the land in order to seek the Lord God of Israel."
Oh .. that it could be said of us, "for the Lord made them joyful." That as people walk out of this building on Sundays that they would say, "for the Lord made them joyful."
Last Wednesday night I was in the home of Andy and Norma Castillo. As Andy became telling me of his hunger to be Christian and to have a godly home .. he told me about coming here to worship. He said, "Pastor, I noticed that people were leaving church smiling!" He said, "I want to smile too!" And then he asked me, "why does everybody smile?"
And then I told him that it was because of what was inside of them! I told him that what's inside a person causes them to act the way they do on the outside. And then I told him that it was Jesus in their life. And when you come to church to worship and praise Jesus for what He's done in your life ... you cannot help but smile!
People are watching us! Their wondering if we really do know something! And again .. just as in Acts chapter 2 when the lost saw the church full of the Holy Spirit they asked those two questions; "whatever does this mean?" and "how can we get in on it?"
All right .. the secret to continual joy! As you come to verse 9 .. Paul begins to pray! This is one of Paul's prison prayers! And we find him praying for the saints at Philippi!
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