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God's Amazing Peace (15 of 16)
Series: Joy for the Journey
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
November 25, 2007
Today we are in one of the most incredible and most quoted chapters of the New Testament and I want to show you. I will begin a verse and let's see if you can finish it.
"Rejoice in the Lord always... Again I will say rejoice."
"Be anxious for nothing ... but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
"I can do all things ... through Christ who strengthens me."
"And my God shall supply ... all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
And who can tell us what book in the Bible those verses are found? That's right. The book of Philippians. What an incredible book and a most helpful book. It's theme is JOY! And we have learned that real joy doesn't come from our circumstances around us .. it comes from Christ in us. Joy is an inside job reserved for those who have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus!
So take God's Word and join me in Philippians 4. Last time together Paul reminded us how worry is such a waste of time. At best it's useless. Half of the things we worry about never happen and the other half will happen anyway .. so why worry?
Verse 6 began with WORRY and verse 7 began with PEACE and between the two was PRAYER. It is the GREAT EXCHANGE. We exchange our Worry for God's Peace and it's prayer that makes it happen. You worry about nothing by praying about everything.
Look at it again in verses 6-7, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
It's the Great Exchange! We exchange our worry for God's peace and it takes place through prayer. Worry about nothing ... and how is that possible? B ...
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