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How to Enjoy Your Relationship with Your Lord (4 of 20)
Series: Strenght for the Journey: Philippians
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) .... Series .... STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY (the journey of life) .... a study of the book of Philippians.
1- Bible says .... Neh. 8:10 ''... the joy of the Lord is your strength.''
2- Paul had strength for the journey .... because he knew the joy of the Lord.
a- A joy that could not be diminished by a prison in Rome .... or the loneliness of being a thousand miles from the Philippians -- the people he loved so much .... or the chains and guards of the Romans.
b- Nor could it be diminished by the fact that Paul would soon face a life or death appearance before Caesar.
3- Paul's joy grew out of his personal relationship with Jesus Christ .... It was a joy that allowed him to --
a- Enjoy his Relationship with Himself .... Vs. 1-2.
b- Enjoy his Relationship with Others .... Vs. 3-8.
c- And to Enjoy his Relationship with his Lord ....Vs. 9-11 (today).
-- You've heard that old definition of JOY .... That J-O-Y comes when you emphasize your relationship with Jesus first (J) .... then others (O) next .... then yourself (Y) last.
-- I've heard another twist on that definition that I believe I like even better .... the ''J'' is for Jesus .... the ''Y'' is for You .... and the ''O'' = zero or nothing.
-- Joy is found when nothing comes between you and Jesus.
d- Paul would agree with that .... because ultimately Paul knew his joy grew out of his relationship with Jesus.
-- This morning we come to the heart of what Paul wants us to see -- the ultimate source of your joy is your relationship with Jesus .... To be truly joyful you must Enjoy your Relationship with Your Lord.
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(B) So many people misunderstand who God is .... and what He is like .... It seems to go to 2 extremes:
1- One group is .... Afraid of God .... They view God as mean .... a cosmic kill-joy just waiting to z ...
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