Jan. 24, 2021
Yes, You Can!
a. We are asking the question: What do you do when there’s nothing you can do?
b. We can feel jealous and/or resentful when we ____________ our lives and realities to others.
c. We are ____________ to run, abandon, quit, give up, or give in or we get angry and blame God.
d. In week one, we discovered that adversity does not equate to the absence of God. Until Then, God is not absent, ____________, or angry.
e. In week two, we talked about one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith: the notion of receiving adversity from the hand of God. Until Then: Receive adversity as a gift with a ____________ and a promise.
f. It’s helpful to remember that the New Testament authors were not strangers to Until Then circumstances. For them there was no conflict or contradiction in their understanding of faith and faithfulness.
2. The Example Of Paul:
a. He had an affliction he described as painful, humiliating, debilitating, and permanent. Yet he claimed God’s __________ and __________ was sufficient.
b. He goes so far as to say we can find ____________ until then.
c. Discontentment can be ____________.
d. Background: Paul was a non-‐Christian Jew who embraced Christ and was called by God to take the message to non-‐Jewish (Gentile) people throughout the Roman world.
i. ________ years into this mission, he’s arrested and sent to prison in Rome.
ii. However, from prison he writes ____________ to encourage the churches.
iii. Little did he know at the time that these letters would shape the ____________.
e. Today’s text from Philippians is written in response to a care package Paul received which contained money.
“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.” (Philippians 4:10)
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for… ...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11)
i. To be content in this way means I’ve learned to be self-____________ in the sense of being able to resist the force/pressure/temptation brought on by my circumstances.
ii. Something ____________ me will dictate my response to what’s going on ____________ of me.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)
iii. Secret (mueó): A Greek term meaning to initiate into the mysteries of a cult religion. (ie: “I’ve been initiated into the mysteries of contentment.”)
iv. Paul’s willingness to endure hardship—divinely appointed hardship and his response to adversity gave him and his message ___________. It was from this vantage point that he impacted the world.
v. Paul tells us the ____________ (mystery)…
“I can do all things through (in) him (Christ) who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
vi. Paul is saying: I can’t. I’ve reached the end of my reserves. He can. Christ can through me. I learned to rely on his ____________ in me.
a. We have no idea what hangs in the ____________ of our decision to learn the secret of contentment.
b. What is your primary source of discontentment? _____________________
c. Like Paul, realize…you can’t…Christ can…He will through you…so yes, you ____________!
d. Make this a daily habit this ____________ …
i. Speak out loud every morning: “I can’t. You can. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
ii. Speak out loud every evening as you get into bed: “God, teach me the mystery of Christ in me.”
e. So, Until Then learn the secret of contentment…Christ in you, empowering you.