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Never Let Up      Phil 4:1-9, 11-13, 15-19      April 10, 2011



Introduction

       All of us know stories of people making great advancements because they would not quit. Their persistence is commendable. Paul gives a very good example of one who refused to give up even through great difficulties.


 

1.   Never Let Up In . . Contending for The Faith. Phil 4:1-7

       A.   Contending for The Faith Through . . Agreement. 4:1-3

       1 So then, in this way, my dearly loved brothers, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.

       2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I also ask you, true partner, to help these

        women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers

        whose names are in the book of life.


       B.   Contending for The Faith Through . . Attitude. 4:4-7

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


What causes brothers and sisters in Christ to get into disagreements? Paul doesn’t tell us why these two ladies disagreed but he urged others to help them get their focus back on the main thing. They at one time helped Paul contend for the faith. They needed to get back in agreement and sharing the message of Christ. Their attitude did not help them focus on the joy we have in Christ. Since Paul talks about this openly it must be know by everybody in the church. How sad that such a disagreement can disrupt the fellowship of a church. Let us do all we can to keep those disagreements from happening. Let=s contend for the faith.


 

2.   Never Let Up In . . Concentration On The Virtues of Christ. Phil 4:8-9

       A.   Concentrate By . . Dwelling on The Virtues. 4:8

       8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is

       lovely, whatever is commendable “if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise” dwell on

       these things.


       B.   Concentrate By . . Doing What You Have Learned About The Virtues. 4:9

       9 Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.


       Paul lists several virtues coming from a relationship with Christ and tells us to dwell on these. Jesus said,

“as a man thinks in his heart so is he.” If we think on these positive virtues coming from a relationship

with Christ it must affect the way we live and react to all situations in life. When we reflect on these

positive virtues they motivate us to do what they encourage us to do. Paul also motivates this kind of action by what his life-style demonstrated and he tells them to do what he does.


 

3.    Never Let Up In Being . . Contented In The Strength of The Lord. Phil 4:11-13

       A.   Contented In The Lord Through Learning His . . Secrets. 4:11-12

       11 I don't say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know

        both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the

       secret of being contentCwhether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.


B.   Contented In The Lord Through His . . Strengthening. 4:13

13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.


       Contentment in the Lord comes from the faith experiences you have with the Lord and how you learned many of the secrets in the that relationship. When a newer Christian walks with a more experienced Christian the possibility of gleaning from the confidence of the more experienced Christian comes through. We can strengthen one another because Christ strengthens us. Verse 13 is a very popular verse but many times applied in the wrong kind of circumstances. I have heard football players say, they can do all thing because Christ strengthens them. Their Christian faith certainly can help them but this is not talking about football but Christian service



4    Never Let Up In Your . . Confidence Of The Lord. Phil 4:15-19

       A.   Confidence from The Lord Through His . . Supplies. 4:15-17

       15 And you, Philippians, know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church

       shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone. 16 For even in Thessalonica you

        sent gifts for my need several times. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that is increasing to

       your account.


       B.   Confidence from The Lord Through Your . . Sacrifices. 4:18-19

       18 But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received

       from Epaphroditus what you providedCa fragrant offering, a welcome sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And

        my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. HCSB


       Confidence may come through the Lord=s suppling and our sacrifices. Paul needed the financial support

God prompted these folks to sent to him. Paul testified how blessed he was because of their gifts. Paul also thanked the people for their sacrificial giving. He expressed confidence that God would supply their every need. The certainly learned to Never Give Up. Amen? Amen!