Staying Positive Under Pressure by Rick Ferguson

STAYING POSITIVE UNDER PRESSURE
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson

Philippians 1:1-2

Tonight I would like to begin a study of the book
of Philippians. This brief, 4--chapter book contains
some of the most powerful, positive, practical verses
of all the Bible. Some of the richest, most moving passages
of Scripture in all the Bible are found in this brief book.
So, even though this book is short (in comparison to other
Bible books), it is none the less a powerful book. Dynamite
comes in small packages.

Philippians is a book of tremendous triumph. A brief
scan of the book shows it to be a very positive, upbeat
book.

Ex. 1:3 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of
you."
1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he who
hath begun a good work in you will perform
it until the day of Jesus Christ."
1:18 What then? Not withstanding, every way, whether
in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached;
and in that I do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice."
1:21 "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
2:11 "That every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
917 "Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice
and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice
with you all."
"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord....'
3:10 "That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death."

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3:14 "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus."
4: "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice."
4 A-7 "Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God. And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
a:1 "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have
learned, in whatsoever state I am, in this to be
content."
4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
me."

The thing that makes all these positive, victorious
statements so phenomenal is that they were written by
Paul while he was in prison in Rome. Paul was not in
the middle of a big crusade with hundreds of people being
saved and huge love offerings coming in. He was in prison--far
from home, family and friends.

He had been captured in Jerusalem and shipped to
Rome, and was awaiting trial as a prisoner of Nero (one
of the most vicious, insane emperors of the Roman Empire).
Nero was the one who burned his own capital city and
blamed it on the Christians.

Now let me ask you Do you think Paul was an optimist?
Do you think Paul was a positive thinker?

We are all going to learn, from the book ...


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