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Philippians - Working Out What God Works In Your Heart

#16 - HOW GREAT JOY SHUTS OUT SMALLER FEARS

Speaker
Rev. Don Horban
Scripture
Philippians 4:4 - 7
#16 In The Series - WORKING OUT WHAT GOD WORKS IN YOUR HEART - Studies in the Book of Philippians

Verse 4 is such a tantalizing sentence. The way it's put together causes one to probe its meaning. If one is already in circumstances incredibly grand one doesn't have to be told to experience joy. Surely no one has to be told to rejoice if he or she has just struck oil or won a million dollars or been healed of incurable cancer. Joy, one imagines, in such circumstances is reflexive. It simply washes over us automatically. 


On the other side of the coin, if one is experiencing desperate times - if one has been bound in circumstances that cry out with deep pain and irretrievable loss- then the command to rejoice must be heard like a lame man would hear the command to run the hundred yard dash. It is precisely the absence of joy that makes the trial a trial. It is the absence of joy that makes the loss such a burden. To rejoice in these situations seems beyond our reach. Can emotions like joy really be commanded? And yet they are commanded over and over in the Scriptures.


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