Friday, May 11, 2007
We have now completed 1560 hours on the book of Philippians and we are now ready for the last phrase in PHI 4:8.
1. Capacity for life is related to how you handle undeserved suffering, 2CO 12:10.
2CO 12:10 “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses: in insults or slanders [people testing], with distresses or pressures [thought testing] with persecutions [system testing], with difficulties or stresses [disaster testing] on behalf of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
PHI 4:11 “Not that I speak with reference to need, for I have come to learn that in whatever circumstances I am to be content [capacity for life].”
PHI 4:12 “I know both how to live in humility and I know how to live in prosperity, in all places and in all circumstances I have been taught the secret both how to be well fed and to be hungry, both how to prosper and to be in poverty.”
4. Capacity is related to prosperity and blessing, 1TI 6:6.
1) You cannot build your happiness on the details of life: money, success, pleasure, social life, friends, relatives, health, sex, or status symbols.
2) You cannot build your happiness on pleasant environment.
3) You cannot build your happiness on people, romance, marriage, friendship, children, or social activity.
4) You cannot build your happiness by changing the Devil’s world through reform crusades, social engineering, violence, civil disobedience, or revolution.
5) You cannot build your happiness on someone else’s unhappiness.
“Were glad” - aor-pass-ind - chairo = to be happy.
Adversative use - conjunctive particle de = relates one context to another by contrast.
Eusebeia = a synonym for living the spiritual life that God has provided for the Church-age believer.
The great gain = when we live the spiritual life, God provides contentment, capacity and blessing which all adds up to His happiness in us or +H.
JOH 15:11 “I have taught you these things, in order that My happiness [God’s happiness] might be in you, and that your happiness might be fulfilled.”
God has absolutely perfect timing, and this includes great spiritual blessings being given to you first.
Since we have reached that stage, that is the beginning of blessing to our personal contentment, and the spiritual blessings give us our capacity for life.
Occupation with the person of Jesus Christ is maximum category one love.
The only way we can truly love God is through doctrine resident in the soul, 1PE 1:8.
MAR 12:30 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
“Hears” - pres-act-ind - akouei - a*kouvei = to hear in an audience, to listen, to concentrate, to understand, to learn, to give a hearing.
“Keep” - aor-act-imp - teresate - thrhvsete = to guard something that belongs to you; to watch over carefully, to keep, to hold, to preserve and to pay attention to, to retain!
AMO 8:11-12 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. And people will stagger from sea to sea, And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it.”
It is doctrine abiding in Christians, not works, that reveals to the Father how much we love Him.
If you guard or keep God’s Word in you, God’s love will be in you, JOH 15:10.
If you personally love God then you will also love doctrine even more than money, PSA 119:72, 127.
1JO 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
True love for God is the believer’s capacity to love God and to respond to God’s love based on Bible doctrine in his soul.
Since God is invisible and the object of our love, we must see and love Him through doctrine in the soul.
1CO 2:9 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
PSA 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
There is a special curse on believers who fail to have love for God,
1CO 16:22, they are said to be “cursed until the Lord comes.”
We love and appreciate God so much that we have our eyes on the Giver and we have our eyes on the source of every blessing in this life.
Occupation with the person of Christ plus sharing God’s happiness and having all of that doctrine will give you a capacity for life, happiness, love, and blessing and all of these things add up to a marvelous spiritual picture.
God doesn’t give what you cannot enjoy.
Having friends and loved ones and having things you enjoy and enjoying materialistic things is a by product of the capacity for life which comes from Bible doctrine.