Nov. 22, 2020

BEING THANKFUL IN TOUGH TIMES

 

Philippians 4:4-8 -- “May you always be joyful in your life in the Lord.”  Vs. 4 (GN)

 

1.  STEP ONE:  ____________ ABOUT NOTHING!

 

“Do not be anxious about anything…”  vs. 6a

“Do not fret or have any anxiety…”  (Amp)

 

The facts about worry:

 

________ % never happen

 

________ % concern the past

 

________ % needless health concerns

 

________ % insignificant/petty issues

 

________ % are legitimate concerns

 

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough troubles of its own.”  Matt. 6:34

 

     Key:

 

2.  STEP TWO: _________ ABOUT EVERYTHING.

 

“… but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Vs. 6b

 

“Petition”:

 

“When you pray, tell God every detail of your needs.” 

 

“Unload all your worries on Him since He is looking after you!”  1 Peter 5:7 (JB)

 

“You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon Him, for you are His personal concern!”

1 Peter 5:7 (Ph)

 

“…  You do not have, because you do not ask God.”  James 4:2

 

      Insight:

 

3.  STEP THREE: ____________ IN ALL THINGS.

 

“… in everything (pray) … with thanksgiving…”  vs. 6b

 

“always asking Him with a thankful heart.”  (GN)

 

“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   1 Thess. 5:18

 

      Insight:

 

4.  STEP FOUR: _________ THE RIGHT THINGS.

 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true … noble… right… pure… lovely… admirable…. If anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.”  v. 8

 

“…fill your mind with those things…”  (JB)

 

      The root cause of stress:

 

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Pr. 23:7 (KJV)

 

The Result:

 

“If you do this, you will experience, God’s Peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will keep your thoughts and your heart quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.”  Vs. 7 (LB)

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