Staying Positive Under Pressure By Giving All To Gain Christ by Rick Ferguson

Rick Ferguson

Philippians 3:7-10
We are studying the book of Philippians verse by
verse, word by word, syllable by syllable--because it is
such a powerful, positive, uplifting, encouraging, optimistic
book of the Bible. What makes this such an incredible
piece of inspired literature is the fact that this positive,
joyful book was written by a man who was in prison.
Paul was a prisoner of the Roman Empire. He was suffering
fatigue, hunger and isolation from his friends and family.
He was very likely facing execution. And in spite of
these dreary, discouraging circumstances he writes to

v.4 "Rejoice in the Lord always...."
v. 8 ". . . think on these things" that are true, honest,
just, pure, lovely, things of good report, of virtue
and praise.
v. 11 Be content in whatever state we may find ourselves.
v. 19 Believe "God will supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

We need to hear God's message in Philippians. We
Live in a day of great pessimism and negativism. The
pessimistic, negative, critical, complaining attitude of
the world can easily slip into the church.

If you aren't careful as a Christian you will adopt
the same old negative, angry, bitter pessimism and cynicism
that is so characteristic of the lost world around us.

Copyright 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson. All rights
reserved. No portion of this document may be used in
any form without the written permission of the author.
Bible quotations are from the New International Version
unless otherwise indicated.

Pg. 2
Let me tell you something, friend, Cod cannot
bless negative thinkers, use pessimists or
honor cynicism, criticism and complaining.

Paul understood this and, by the power of God, overcame
the negative mindset of the world. Circumstances never
dictated Paul's attitude--Christ did.

One of the reasons Paul had reached this wonderful
plateau of power and vic ...

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