by Jerry Vines

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Thank Your Way to Joy (8 of 8)
Journey Into Joy
Jerry Vines
Philippians 4:10

This is a very personal, intimate book from the pen of
the Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit. He is
writing to a group of believers who are especially
dear to him--the believers in the church of Philippi.
He is now talking about a beautiful gift which they
had brought to him. He is expressing his appreciation.
He is giving thanks for the gift.

Verse 10 says, "But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly
that now at the last your care of me hath flourished
again, wherein you were also careful but you lacked
opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want, for
I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to
be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know
how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am
instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to
abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through
Christ which strengtheneth me." (vs. 10-13)

Look down at verse 18. "But I have all, and abound: I
am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things
which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a
sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. But my God
shall supply all your need according to his riches in
glory by Christ Jesus."

When you read the letter of the Apostle Paul, it is
very obvious to you that he has learned one of the
most important lessons in all of life. He has learned
to be thankful in his life. As you study the Bible you
will find that this whole matter of thankfulness is
one of the great themes of the Bible. In fact, the
Bible has a great deal to say about the matter of

In Romans 1 where it talks about the condition of the
human heart, one of the things which he says very soon
in that picture is that people were unthankful.
Unthankfulness - ingratitude is characteristic of an
unregenerate heart.

You may recall that the apostle Paul also talked about ...

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