JOY AND MORE ON NOVEMBER 4!
I. THE LOCATION OF OUR JOY (vs. 4)
A. This is a CHARGE to us.
B. This is a CHOICE by us.
*J.I. Packer: “Joy is not an accident of temperament or an
unpredictable providence; joy is a matter of choice.”
*Robert Morgan: “To rejoice in the Lord means that we rejoice in
our unassailable, unchanging relationship with the
Sovereign Lord and in His qualities, gifts, promises and
attributes.” Paul’s joy and rejoicing were based on his
relationship with the Lord Jesus which nothing could take from
II. THE FIXATION OF OUR HOPE (vs. 5)
A. We are to be looking for our glorious Savior.
B. We are to be living with a gentle spirit.
III. THE EQUATION OF OUR PEACE (vss. 6-7)
A. Offer God PRAYERS for all things.
*Ray Pritchard: “The Lord invites us to pray about everything.
There is no detail too small for the Lord because He
reads the fine print of life. If it touches you, it touches Him.
What we consider trivial is not trivial to Him.”
B. Offer God PRAISES for all things.
*PRAYERS PLUS PRAISES = THE PEACE OF GOD