STAYING POSITIVE UNDER PRESSURE
THROUGH A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH FELLOW CHRISTIANS
The book of Philippians is a book of victory and strength.
It is a book that reveals how to triumph over worry, fear,
hostility, anger, jealousy and bitterness. It is a book that
can teach us how to stay positive even when under pressure.
Paul wrote this epistle while in prison. He was hungry,
cold, isolated, lonely and facing probable execution by
the Roman government. And yet--in circumstances that
would-drive most men to despair--Paul was able to joyfully
Philippians 4:11 ". . . I have learned, in whatever state
I am, in this to be content."
I think that one of the keys to Paul's tremendous
spirit of optimism and abiding joy1 rested in the relationship
He enjoyed with fellow Christians. Paul had a close, intimate
bond of love with the Christians- back- at Philippi, and
it was a reciprocal love. They also loved him and held
him in high esteem. This is evidenced by the fact that
they sent Epaphroditus to Rome with a love offering for
Paul (Philippians 4:18).
Though many hundreds of miles separated Paul from
this precious church, his love for them and their love
for him provided him strength and support in a time of
Tonight I want us to see that a right relationship
with fellow Christians is necessary if you want to stay
positive under pressure.
Copyright C 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson. All rights
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Bible quotations are from the New International Version
unless otherwise indicated.
Christians need one another. Christians need to spend
time with one another. Christians want to be together
because of the strength and joy we receive from each
Christians need one another. You see, the church
is the body of Christ, and every Christian is a mem ...
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