Trusting God and Giving Thanks to Others Whom He Uses (15 of 15) by Jerry Branch

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Trusting God and Giving Thanks to Others Whom He Uses (15 of 15)
Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
Gerald Branch
Philippians 4:10-23
08-22-2010

Copyright © 2010 Gerald Branch
Philippians 4:10-13 (NAS) - 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

This morning as we wrap up the last passage from Philippians,
I want us to focus on verses 10-13.
The first thing we see, is this…
here is Paul thanking the Philippians for what they had done for him…
they had sent money or some sort of gift to him with their messenger, Epaphroditus…who had been sick, so not only did Paul want to let them know their man was ok, but Paul also was writing this letter
as we see here to show his appreciation for what
the Philippian church had done for him.
Paul tells them that they have given him so much joy, and for that reason,
he has rejoiced in the Lord, he has rejoice a whole bunch!
Ok…so what do we see in that?
When someone does something for you, what do you do?
Do you just say to yourself…that was nice. And not tell that person?
Do you just tell a few other people that so and so gave you
a really nice gift or gave you some money when you really needed it?
Or do you take the time to either write to that person,
or go to that person, and let them know how much you really appreciated their gift or whatever they did for you?
Most of us will probably agree that here in America, for whatever the reason,
maybe we've gotten so b ...


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