Faith Rejoices (8 of 10) by Stan Coffey

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Faith Rejoices (8 of 10)
Series: Faith Builders
Stan Coffey
Philippians 1:12-26

OUTLINE:
I. A PERSPECTIVE TO LIVE FROM
II. A PRIORITY TO LIVE BY
III. A POWER TO LIVE ON
IV. A PURPOSE TO LIVE FOR
I want us to turn to Philippians 1. I want us, tonight, to see that faith rejoices. Now last week, the title of our lesson was Faith is Trusting God. That is a basic element in faith, that faith trusts, and we looked in Psalms that says, "Committ thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass."
So, we have been looking at the things that faith does: faith expects, faith always expects the best, faith always sees the best in the worst, and faith always makes the best out of the worst situation. But another thing that we can say about faith is that faith rejoices.
And what we are looking at in these messages is how does faith act? How does a person respond to life if he has true faith that pleases God? Now, the Bible says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God," Hebrews 11:6.
So, all of us want to please God. And a lot of people go about pleasing God in man's way rather than God's way, and they think they can please God with what they can do, or they think they can please God with just religious service or just ritual, but the Bible says, "That which pleases God is faith."
So, faith rejoices. It not only trusts, it not only waits… You remember we looked at faith that waits, waiting faith… We looked at trusting faith. Now, tonight we want to look at rejoicing faith.
Now, Philippians 1… I want us to begin in verse 12, and notice the words of Paul. He says, "But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel."
He is writing to people who love him. He is writing to people who know him and people who are concerned about him because they know he is old, they know he is ill, they know he is in prison, they know he is being persecuted.
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