Monday, September 27, 2021
Today, I want to talk to you about perhaps the second most famous verse in Philippians, that is Philippians 4:19.
Monday, September 27, 2021
The third thing is this. The verse says, "My God will meet all your needs, according to his glorious riches in Christ." Now, how glorious and rich is Jesus Christ? Well, he's God. He has been resurrected from the dead. He has a glorified body.He has returned back to the Trinity in heaven, back to his original glorious abode. And he will come back one day. How glorious and rich is Jesus Christ? If you have a number in mind, it's more. If you have another number, it's more than that. Here's the number: it's infinite. There is no number. It's infinite. That's how rich Jesus Christ is. So, here's what I want to say - let's start with the first two points. Paul said this verse to people who are living for Christ. So, if you have sin in your life, things going on in your life, there's a possibility, you can squelch that. Second, some of the things we think are needs are not really needs, they're greeds. If it really is a need, when it matches those two things, guess what God does? He's rich, so that's when he gives us way more than we need or deserve. He's glorious in his riches in Christ Jesus. That's why we live in America. We are blessed beyond belief. God has blessed us beyond belief. You know, in America, we're the richest nation in the world. We're blessed beyond belief. No other nation has the prosperity we have. And God blesses us to be a blessing, but that's for another message. Here's all I want to say - isn't it an amazing promise that God will meet all of our needs, according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus?
Do you have your needs met? Thank God every day, count your blessings, nam them one by one, as the old hymn goes. Every day, you ought to get up and at least spend 10, 15, 20 moments and just say, "Thank you for this house. Thank you for this bed. Thank you for this food. Thank you for my kitchen. Thank you for my office. Thank you for my car. Thank you for my workplace. Thank you for my paycheck. Thank you for my children. Thank you for my spouse. Thank you for my boyfriend or girlfriend. Thank you for my college degree. Thanks for the teachers I had at my college. Thank you for my neighbors. Thanks that I live in a clean neighborhood. Thanks that I live next to people who are kind. Thanks that I work with good people. Thanks that I'm outside in September." There are a lot of things you can thank God for. God wants us to spend our time thanking him because he's meets all of our needs. I hope that helps you have a heart of appreciation because he meets all of our needs. Father, thank you so much that you meet all of our needs, not our greeds, according to your riches and glory, and according to, in some degree, how we're living for you and how faithful we are to you. Thank you for doing this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Today we're going to be looking at Psalm 1:1-3, and we're going to be talking about how you find true happiness. Now, we'll read about the word "blessed" from this verse in a moment. The word blessed in Hebrew, ashrê, actually means "happiness".
Monday, March 8, 2021
Welcome back to another week of Life Lifters. Today we're going to be looking at Psalm 1:1-3, and we're going to be talking about how you find true happiness. Now, we'll read about the word "blessed" from this verse in a moment. The word blessed in Hebrew, ashrê, actually means "happiness". So let me ask a question: how do we get happiness? This is what the passage says: "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked nor stand in the path of sinners nor sit in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaves do not wither and in whatever it does, he prospers."
So here's the first thing I see in this first verse. It says, "how blessed is the man..." That word "blessed" there means happiness. "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers." What is that? He's saying, be separate from the world. Yes, be in it, but don't be *of* it. Don't stand in the counsel of the wicked. Don't be with the sinners. Don't hang out with those who mock you. Don't do that.
The second thing he says in verse two is be saturated with the word, versus to be separate from the world. "...but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law, he meditates on it day and night." He's thinking about it all the time. He's being constantly encouraged and reminded. So, be separated from the world, but be saturated with the Word of God.
The third is this be situated under God. "He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields in its fruit and its season, and its leaf does not wither, and in whatever he does, he prospers." Be separate from the world, be saturated in the word, be situated under God in His presence.
Now, if you want to ensure a life of doubt, unhappiness, and despair, simply just reverse these things and see what happens. Allow others to ridicule you and to mock you. It starts affecting your thinking. Disconnect from the Word of God and cut off your supply of nourishment, you will dry out and pull yourself away from God Himself. This simply brings you a life of despair. We know that's not what God wants for you, but to do as we talked about—separate yourself from the world, be saturated in the word, be situated under God.
Let me pray for you. Father, I pray that we would understand what it means to have and find true happiness. Being separated from the world, being saturated with your word by meditating on your law, and be situated under God. And Father, whoever's watching or reading this right now, I pray that they would find that encouragement and be able to just dive deep into that, so they would find what true biblical happiness means. We thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.