Staying Positive Under Pressure By Viewing Life From God's Perspective by Rick Ferguson

Rick Ferguson

Philippians 3:11-15

We are studying the book of Philippians, in an attempt
to discover the principles and secrets of the Apostle Paul's
spiritual strength. He was imprisoned, hungry, cold, isolated
and lonely when he wrote the book of Philippians. Had
Paul been analyzing his circumstances from a human perspective
he would no doubt have been very distraught, very discouraged,
very defeated and very depressed.

And yet, as we read this wonderful little 4-chapter
book, we do not find one hint of discouragement or defeat.
To our surprise, all 104 verses of this book are packed
with powerful, joyful, optimistic, triumphant platitudes
of victory. If you did not know that Paul was in prison
when this was written you would think it was written
during the pinnacle and zenith of his ministry. How did
he do it?!

Paul was victorious because he had developed the
ability to view life from God's perspective. Life looks
a whole lot differently when viewed from God's perspective.

Let me tell you--A common source of defeat and
discouragement among us is our perspective on life and
life circumstances. When we analyze our circumstances
from a human perspective things can look very bleak
at times. But when we look at life from God's perspective
we come to see that

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

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Life is never discouraging when you're able to view
it from God's perspective.

TEXT--Philippians 3:13-16

It is a constant prayer of mine that I might be able
to see life from God's perspective. I want to be ...

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