PHILIPPIANS 2:12-13 (12 OF 17)

by Ernest Easley

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Philippians 2:12-13 (12 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
December 10, 1997

For a few minutes tonight we're picking up where we left off in our study of the book of Philippians. So .. take your Bible and turn please to Philippians chapter 2.

Now remember that the theme of this book is JOY! And if there is anything we need more of it's joy! Our lives should be marked by joy!

You say, "Pastor, my life isn't marked by joy. Does that mean I'm not saved?" Well .. I suppose it could mean that you're not saved. But if you've prayed to receive Jesus Christ into your life and you've repented from you sin ... you're saved.

You say, "Well .. if I'm saved .. then why is my life missing joy?" Well ... because joy is something that God sends and the Devil steals! Joy doesn't come from your circumstances ... it comes from Christ in you! And if you're life isn't characterized by joy ... then don't look outward to discover why ... look inward! Joy is an inside job!

What God sends the Devil tries to steal! Now let me ask you a question. What is stealing? Stealing is when somebody takes something that is rightfully yours without permission!

Now .. God sends joy to His children and the Devil steals that joy. He's taking something that is rightfully yours! Don't let him do it! Life's too difficult to live it without what's rightfully yours! Live life with what's rightfully yours! Life it with joy!

Well .. that's what Paul's talking about in chapter 2. Paul had learned the secret to continual joy and a part of that secret is found in verse 12. Look there is you will!

Philippians 2.12, "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."

Now the saints at Philippi had a good start in their new found faith in Jesus Christ. One factor was that Paul had been with them. Now that he was gone .. Paul wanted to encourage them to keep t ...

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