We know that Christ makes a difference in our lives, but how much of a difference is not always easy to understand. In this five part series we will take the time to focus on Philippians 4:4-9 one, or at the most a couple, of verses at the time. The purpose of the series is to realise just how much we can do when we are in Christ and when we allow Christ to transform all of our person.
Part 1 - You Can Be Joyful
There are a huge variety of circumstances which we face in life. By directing our attention to having an attitude of joy Paul equips us with a strategy to face the difficult circumstances in life.
We cannot do this in our own strength, or by pretending, but only by having a deep seated trust in the Lord and His work in our lives.
Part 2 - You Can Be Gentle
We live in a world where there are many situations and events which irritate us. In response to these irritations Paul calls us to a response of gentleness.
This gentleness comes because “The Lord is Near” – he has the future sorted and He walks with us moment by moment to that future.
Part 3 - You Can Be Calm
Our world is a place which causes much anxiety. To enable us to face these anxieties Paul equips us with a response – it is a call for us to learn to pray properly.
As we pray in this way we will know a peace which is superior to anxiety and our hearts will be guarded and prepared.
Part 4 - You can be Perceptive
The world we live in is full of distractions, mistruths and deception – sometimes it is hard to perceive all that is going on.
Through Philippians 4:8 Paul equips us with the ability to be perceptive as we walk the journey with Christ together.
Part 5 - You Can Be Teachable
Paul has spent the last five verses encouraging his readers in the knowledge that, in Christ, they can be joyful, gentle, at peace and perceptive. These life changes will not happen unless there is also a willingness to be teachable. In Philippians 4:9 Paul equips us with the ability learn, receive, hear and see as we walk with the God of peace.