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Be Joyful! Philippians 1:12-26. VICTOR FRANKL Everything can be taken from men but one thing: the last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's.

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1 Be Joyful! Philippians 1:12-26

2 VICTOR FRANKL Everything can be taken from men but one thing: the last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.

3 "...does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17)

4 2 nd Corinthians 10:7 "...are looking only on the surface of things."

5 Isaiah 60:4-5 "Lift up your eyes and [really] look about you...then you will look and be radiant, and your heart will throb and swell with joy."

6 Philippians 1: Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

7 15 - It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

8 18 - But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 18 - But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 - for, I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance for, I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

9 21 - For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 22 - If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 - I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 23 - I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

10 24 - but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 25 - Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 - so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me." 26 - so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me."

11 I. BAD TIMES WILL DO

12 Acts 19:21After I have been [to Jerusalem, Macedonia, and Achaia] I must visit Rome also. Acts 19:21After I have been [to Jerusalem, Macedonia, and Achaia] I must visit Rome also.

13 In Romans 1:15... I am eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome. In Romans 1:15... I am eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.

14 verse 12 "I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel."

15 A.GO FORWARD (v. 12) (v. 12) "ADVANCE" and "FURTHERANCE" "ADVANCE" and "FURTHERANCE" = "to cut before" = "to cut before"

16 woodcutters

17 verse 14 "...it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard that I am in chains because of Christ."

18 verse 14 "Because of my chains, most of the BRETHREN in the Lord have been encouraged to SPEAK the word of God more courageously and fearlessly."

19 "brethren" = LAY LEADERS

20 "speak" = everyday conversation

21 B. GET INSPIRED

22 verse 18 "..what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this, I am joyful."

23 C. BE POSITIVE

24 verse 19 "...what has happened to me will turn out for my DELIVERANCE."

25 deliverance = personal well-being

26 SCOTTISH: "sub pondere cresco" = grow under the burden

27 2 nd Corinthians 4:17-18 "All this [suffering] is for your benefit. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

28 Brian Harbour: "When there is no calamity, there is no courage, no hardship, no hardiness, no stress, no strength, no suffering, no sympathy no cross, no crown."

29 John Bunyan: (Pilgrims Progress) English Christian of the 17th century "If I was out of prison today, I would preach the gospel again tomorrow, by the help of God… … PRISON is a hill from which I could see great things."

30 PAUL "In all things, God works for the GOOD of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. PAUL "In all things, God works for the GOOD of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

31 2. BAD TIMES WILL NOT DO

32 Romans 8:38-39 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

33 2 nd Corinthians 4:8-9 "We are handicapped on all sides, but we are never frustrated; we are puzzled, but never in despair. We are persecuted but we never have to stand it alone: we may be knocked down but we are never knocked out!"

34 verse 21 "I eagerly expect and hope that now, as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

35 LIVING BIBLE "For to me, living means opportunities for Christ, and dying... well, that's better yet."

36 "gain" = dividend

37 Chuck Swindoll on verse 21: For me, to live is MONEY, and to die is to leave it all behind. For me, to live is FAME, and to die is to be quickly forgotten. For me, to live is POWER AND INFLUENCE, and to die is to lose both. For me, to live is POSSESSIONS, and to die is to depart with nothing in my hands. When money is our objective, we must live in fear of losing it, which makes us paranoid and suspicious; when fame is our aim, we become competitive with others, which makes us envious; when power and influence drive us, we become self-serving and strong-willed, which makes us arrogant; and when possessions become our god, we become materialistic, thinking enough is never enough, which makes us greedy.

38 " You do not want to leave too, do you?" (John 8:67 )

39 And Simon Peter replied: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 8:68 )

40 "God, open my eyes, that I may see, wonderful things in Your law." (Psalm 119:18)

41 Deuteronomy 4:29 "If you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him; if you LOOK for Him with all your heart and all your soul."

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