STAYING POSITIVE UNDER PRESSURE
BY DEVELOPING THE MIND OF CHRIST
Rick E. Ferguson
Can a man go through a mob beating, an illegal arrest,
two years in jail (awaiting just a preliminary trial),
shipwreck, snakebite,two 'more years of imprisonment
(awaiting trial and possible execution), and still be happy?
The apostle Paul did. This is exactly what happened to him,
and yet he wrote in
Philippians 4:11 "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Oh yes, there really is a way to stay positive and
Peaceful, even when facing tremendous pressures and adversities.
We are studying the book of Philippians, verse by
verse, in order to find Paul's secrets for staying positive
I believe there are a lot of defeated, discouraged, downhearted, depressed, dismayed
Christians out there who need help in staying positive and victorious when under adversity.
Some of you who are listening to me may be facing problems that seem insurmountable to
you. You may be hurting deeply. You may be like a woman I spoke to recently who said,
"Preacher, I've gone through so much hurt I can't stand any more. I'm tired
of hurting. I'm ready to give up on life."
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There is no way any of us are going to avoid hurts rd pains in life; but there is a way to
avoid defeat and discouragement.
One of Paul's secrets to staying positive under pressure was to "Develop the Mind of Christ."
There is more theology in Verses 5-11 of Chapter 2 of Philippians than can be exhausted by
a million preachers in a million years. I've decided to deal with this section
in two parts: Part I (vv. 5-8), which speaks of the humiliation
of Christ and ...
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