(Philippians 1:3-6 NLT) Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, . . .
(Philippians 1:3-6 NLT) . . .for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
√ JOY is different from HAPPINESS.
√ Happiness is EXTERNAL.
√ Joy is INTERNAL.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
√ Happiness is based on CIRCUMSTANCE.
√ Joy is based on CHRIST.
(Philippians 4:11 NIV) . . . for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
√ Happiness is based on CHANCE.
√ Joy is based on CHOICE.
(Philippians 1:12 NIV) Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.
√ Stop asking WHY?
“Don’t die in the why”
Bad devil & Good God
√ Start asking WHAT?
(Romans 8:28 NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
(Philippians 1:13-14 NIV) As a result (prison guards)… because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
√ Refocus on WHAT REALLY MATTERS.
(Philippians 1:18 NIV) But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,