Strengthened by Christ (1 of 6) by David Cawston

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Strengthened by Christ
Seven Pillars of Philippians
David Cawston
Philippians 4:10-13

Introduction:
Paul the Apostle was writing to the Philippians a thank you note for their sensitivity to his needs.

He is not complaining but rejoicing in the fact that they were alert and generous enough to minister to him.

He had learned to be in very difficult situations in which no one came to his aid.

2 Cor 11:24-28
24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine {lashes.}
25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.
26 {I have been} on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from {my} countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;
27 {I have been} in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
28 Apart from {such} external things, there is the daily pressure upon me {of} concern for all the churches. (NAS)

He had learned not to complain but to be
He had learned to trust God in all these circumstances and tribulations and know that these had all happened by the will of God and they would work out!

Illus. Paul and Silas in a Philippian Jail worshiping the Lord after being accused and beaten and place in stocks.
There singing songs.

This verse was Paul's personal testimony about life in Christ.


I. Personal Determination
"I Can. . ."
Paul was aware that personal determination was required in every trial.

The scripture uses the word "Endure"

2 Tim 2:3
3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (NIV)

2 Tim 4:5-8
5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my ...


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