It Is Your Choice!
A story is told about a man who came face to face with the dangers of worry: Death was walking toward a city one morning and a man asked, "What are you going to do?"
"I'm going to take 100 people," Death replied. "That's horrible!" the man said. "That's the way it is," Death said. "That's what I do."
The man hurried to warn everyone he could about Death's plan. As evening fell, he met Death again.
"You told me you were going to take 100 people," the man said. "Why did 1,000 die?"
"I kept my word," Death responded. "I only took 100 people. Worry took the others."
I want us to look at verse 4 for our message this morning. Paul tells us to find our joy in Him at all times. Then Paul tells us to remember how near the Lord is.
Now that is a powerful statement for it would seem that if anyone was unqualified to give that advice it would be the Apostle Paul
When you look at the circumstances of Paul you want to say Paul you must be joking. Are you kidding? Let's go to II Corinthians and see the actual circumstances Paul was in.
I have been beaten times without number. I have been in prison again and again. I have received the twenty-nine regulation stripes five times.
I have been beaten with rods three times. I have been stoned once and I have been ship wreck three times. I have been in constant danger in rivers and floods; from bandits from fellow countrymen and by fellow Christians.
I have been in constant danger in the city streets, on high seas, in the desert and from pagans and false Christians. On top of that I have had long hunger and thirst and inappropriate clothing and inappropriate shelter and to top it all of I feel the burden of the responsibility of all the Churches.
I was a hunted man so much so that the Jews bound themselves together by a curse that they wouldn't so much as drink until they killed Paul.
I had to be taken out of Jerusalem by 200 soldiers ...
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