“Are You Sick And Tired?”

Posted: May 30, 2019 in Attitude, Christian Life, Philippians

(Philippians –  Lesson #8)

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time? Has all the happiness and joy in life been drained out of you? Would you like to have God’s quality of life and have it more abundantly (John 3:16; 10:10)? Perhaps you’ve heard this song by Joseph D. Carlson: “If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, / Let Jesus come into your heart. (Repeat) / Your sins He’ll wash away, / Your night He’ll turn to day, / Your life He’ll make it over anew. / If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, / Let Jesus come into your heart.” [1]

New Heart. Sadly, he didn’t quite get it right. God doesn’t want to come into our sinful hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). Instead He wants to give us a new heart (mind, will, emotions) and a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4; John 3:3-6). This occurs when we place our faith exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Although we still retain our old sin nature even after we are saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25), we have a new potential to please God (2 Corinthians 5:9) and to do the desirous will of God for our lives. Are you doing it or doing what you want to do independently of God?

Happiness. This can be an elusive feeling that comes from having things going our own way. But there is a way that seems right but that can lead to death (Proverbs 14:12; Judges 21:25).

Joy. This is one of nine things that God the Holy Spirit produces in the life of a Spirit filled believer (Ephesians 5:18) and it’s known as The Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). Likeagape” love, this joy that comes from God, needs to directed properly toward the right objects, at the right time, for the right reasons. Just as God’s love can be misdirected toward the present world system (1 John 2:15-17), so true joy can be misdirected away from God, His Word, and His children, to the temporal and vanishing things of this life.

Me Worry? The Apostle Paul wrote, Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). When the believer’s delight is in the Lord and His Word (Psalm 1:2) and as we think and meditate about all that He has done for us (Ephesians 1:3 ff; Colossians 3:1 ff), there is nothing that can shake us and cause us to worry and fear (Philippians 4:6-8; 1 Timothy 4:15; Romans 8:35-39). No trial, temptation, or challenge can come our way without His approval or permission (James 1:12-15; 1 Corinthians 10:13). When we, as believers, successfully overcome temptations that come from the devilour old sin nature, or the present world system, we let God know that we love Him more than the temporary pleasures that this life offers (Hebrews 11:25). This pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9). Sadly, many Christians grieve God (Ephesians 4:30).

On Being Joyful

The Apostle Paul encouraged the believers in Philippi to follow his example and be joyful Christians (Philippians 4:4). Here are a few things that helped him do this.

Self Image (Philippians 1:1). He knew what he had been prior to His encounter with the Lord. He considered himself to be a chief sinner” (1 Timothy 1:15). Having been saved, he voluntarily became a bondservant of Jesus Christ” (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15; See Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy15:17). He demonstrated his servanthood to God by serving for the advantage of other believers as the steward of this dispensation of grace” (Ephesians 3:1 ff; Galatians 5:13; 6:10). He also saw himself as being part of the New Creation” (Ephesians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 5:17), and a member in the Body of Christ, the true Church” (Romans 12:3; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Grace & Peace (Philippians 1:2). Paul knew that his salvation was due to the grace of God which he didn’t deserve (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Upon his becoming a Christian, he had peace with God” and no longer was he God’s enemy (Romans 5:1, 10). He could enjoy the peace of God” as long as he was filled by the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) and walked by means of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25). Yes, there were times when the Apostle Paul struggled with and gave in to the temptations that came from his sin nature (Romans 7:15-25). God doesn’t want us to sin, but He knows that we will sin periodically. This is why we have an Advocate with the Father who satisfied His outraged holiness against our sin nature (1 John 2:1 ff). Jesus is the one and only Mediator between us and God (1 Timothy 2:5). All true Christians are priests who are to offer spiritual sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16) and Jesus is the High Priest (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Hebrews 7:25, 26; 4:15, 16).

A Thankful Heart (Philippians 1:3). Paul wrote, I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” [Philippians 1:3). He was responsible, from a human standpoint, of bringing these people to Christ. They knew how he and Silas were mistreated and beaten there in Philippi for the cause of Christ so they could be saved (Acts 16:16 ff; 2 Timothy 2:10; 3:12). One of the evidences of being filled with the Spirit” is that a believer will have a singing, thankful, and submissive heart (Ephesians 5:18-21). We’re instructed to give thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things (sin apart) and for all men (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:1 ff).

Prayer (Philippians 1:4). God has given believers eight ways to communicate with Him: worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, asking in Jesus’ name, confession, and making vows. It’s a shame that so many Christians limit their communication with Him to asking and receiving” and then failing to give thanks to Him for His good and perfect gifts that come from above (James 1:17).

Fellowship (Philippians 1:5). Too often fellowship is associated with potluck meals” rather than sharing spiritual things in common with God and other believers. (See Ephesians 4:1-6) If Christians are to have fellowship with God, we must walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7). We must order our lives by the standard that God has given to us. They involve grace principles” rather than by law principles” (Romans 6:14; 3 John 1:4). See our “Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart” on our website.

Confidence (Philippians 1:6). God always finishes what He begins. Our salvation comes to us in three phases. When we place our faith and trust in Christ alone as our personal Savior, we are immediately saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1). We are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:16). We shall be saved from the presence of sin when we die or are raptured (Romans 8:23).

Concern (Philippians 1:7, 8). When we have God’s love operating in our lives, we should direct it back to God and His children first (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10), rather than toward the present world system (1 John 2:15-17). We won’t /shouldn’t think of ourselves more highly than we should think (Romans 12:3). Perhaps you remember this song by B. Metzger. Jesus and others and you, What a wonderful way to spell joy! Jesus and others and you, in the life of each girl and each boy. “J” is for Jesus, for He has first place, “O” is for others you meet face to face, “Y” is for you, in whatever you do. Put yourself third and spell JOY.”

Expectations (Philippians 1:9-11). The Apostle Paul knew that God could do far more than he could ask or think in the lives of those who were submissive to Him (Ephesians 3:20; James 4:7). His prayer was that their love might abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that they might approve the things that are excellent, that they might be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, and that they might be filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Glory (Philippians 1:11). God’s primary purpose/objective is to make Himself known to His creatures – both human and spirit beings (John 14:13; 17:4; Philippians 2:11). It ought to be every Christian’s purpose/goal/objective in life to glorify God through everything that we say and do (1 Corinthians 10:31; John 15:8; Psalm 19:14).

Gospel (Philippians 1:12-15). Even though Paul was in prison for the cause of Christ, his bold witness to the elite Roman soldiers resulted in some of them being saved. They were Paul’s captive audience. They observed how he lived and related to those who came to visit him in prison (Acts 28:30). He told them about Christ and why he was there for insisting that Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah who died for our sins and rose again bodily from the dead (2 Timothy 2:8-10).

Quote. Joy is a matter of attitude that stems from one’s confidence in God – that He is at work, that He is in full control, that He is in the midst of whatever has happened, is happening, and will happen.” – Chuck Swindoll, Laugh Again, p. 34

Your Sail. One ship sails east. One ship sails west. Regardless of how the winds blow, it is the set of the sail, and not the gale that determines the way that we go.” – C.R.S. In which direction will your sail be set – for Joy or for Sorrow.

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[1] https://hymnary.org/text/if_you_want_joy_real_joy_wonderful_joy 


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