Victory in Jesus
February 17, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Philippians 4:13, is a verse we all know well: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. The Apostle Paul is writing from his prison cell in Rome to the saints at Philippi. He writes in order to encourage them. Here's a man who is in prison, and all he can think of is how to encourage someone else.
Isn't it amazing how sometimes those who are going through the most difficult times, seem to be the ones who are a blessing to others.
As you read Paul's letter to the Philippians, he talks about their "adversaries" in (1:28). They were also being opposed by false teachers who sought to turn them from the gospel (3:2). In addition, these people suffered great financial need. Even though they had sent money to help Paul, they, themselves, were in dire need. That's why he encouraged them in (vs. 19), "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
These folks were bearing up under extreme difficulty, and they needed something to ease the load. They needed something from God, and Paul's words of encouragement were just the thing. Aren't you glad that when we need Him most, He is always there?
HYMN: In 1907, William Poole wrote the song, "Just When I Need Him Most."
Just when I need Him, Jesus is near,
Just when I falter, just when I fear;
Ready to help me, ready to cheer,
Just when I need Him most.
Our message this morning comes directly from Paul's words to the Philippians--words of encouragement--words to remind them that with Christ's help, they can do anything. They can overcome every challenge of life; they can face any obstacle or succeed with any mission...they can have "Victory in Jesus!"
Let's put down three things this morning:
I. Facing Adversity
II. Overcoming Obstacles
III. Securing Victory
I. FACING ADVERSITY
The most difficult part of life is ...
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