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Fix Your Mind on Christ's Positive Power

March 22, 2020 • Ken Day

*Focal Text * Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! 5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is [a]coming soon]. 6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([b]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [c]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [d]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. 9 Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of [e]untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you. I. Christ’s Positive Power Generates Gratitude A. This Positive Power produces humbleness. B. This Positive Power claims the proximity of Christ. II. Christ’s Positive Power Activates Prayer A. Positive Prayer eliminates Anxiety. B. Positive Prayer has an Universality. C. Positive Prayer has a Definite Goal. III. Christ’s Positive Power Gives Contentment A. Positive Contentment is the result of Peaceful Heart. B. Positive Contentment Energizes Faith. IV. Christ’s Positive Power is a Summation of Virtues A. Meditate on these Virtues. B. Practice on these Virtues. C. Model these Virtues. Conclusion: Fix Your Mind on Christ’s Positive Power

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