Staying Positive Under Pressure By Getting A Grip On Your Problems by Rick Ferguson

Dr. Rick E. Ferguson

Philippians 1:12-18

We're studying the book of Philippians in an effort
to learn the key to staying positive under pressure. Paul
wrote Philippian from a Roman prison, chained to a Roman guard,
awaiting trial before a neurotic Roman emporer.
From every human perspective his ministry seemed to
be finished. He was all washed up!

It was from this situation that Paul wrote the most
positive, powerful book of all the New Testament--the
book of Philippians. We're studying the book to see how
he did it.

All of us know we are someday going to face a crisis,
face a problem, be put under intense pressure.
How will we respond under the pain and hurt of a crisis?
Will we remember:

(1) "... we are more than conquerors through him that
loved us." (Romans 8:37)

(2) "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
me." (Philippians 4:13)

(3) "... all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to
his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

(4) "... greater is he that is in you, than he that is in
the world." (I John 4:4)

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Or will we sulk, complain, groan and become bitter?
Will we make irrational decisions? Will we damage our
witness for Chirst?

I want you to know that it is possible, as a Christian,
to stay positive under pressure. Paul did. One of the
thhngs you must do is get a grip on your problems.

TEXT—Philippians 1:12-18

I'm praying for God to develop in me the same kind
of positive, optomistic spirit demonstrated by the Apostle
Paul in these verses. I really do believe that as long
as Jesus is on the throne I have every reason in the world
t ...

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