Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sabbath Sunday- Revolution

Today's service started out mentioning Florida. 

Yep- It got my attention too.

The title was Revolution in Circumstances- having revolutions within the circumstances you're going through and not having a a revolutions of circumstances, like "planning a trip to the house on the beach in Florida." 

Okay- I'm listening :)
Philippians 4 is where the message is centered.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

This entire book of Philippians was written by Paul so the context is not someone who is just ridiculously insensitive to people in the midst of trials. And it wasn't like the people he was writing to live in "the Disney of their time" 

The Philippians were not without their hardships and Paul certainly wasn't was well. 

He had been stoned and left for dead, ship wrecked 3 times, whipped and was currently as writing this letter chained to a guard, sitting in prison waiting for death. 
And you thought you had it bad. 

Always rejoice. 

Sometimes we have chosen our circumstances and sometimes our circumstances choose us. It's pretty 50/50.
But choice to how we handle the circumstances is 100% in our control.

Paul is in no way belittling the circumstances. He is only saying to rejoice in the Lord regardless. 

John 16:33 remarks that in this world you will have troubles. But take heart! I have overcome the world!

God's saying-
Ultimately, everything is going to be okay. 
There's going to be tears, anxiety and pain- but in me you'll have peace. 

A consciousness that Christ is bigger than whatever it is going on in your life 

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Gentleness is the closest we can get to the original word here when translated. Gentleness can also be described as being incredibly generous- when your sense of justice is going too far, to the point of injustice, and you pull back and give grace. 

How do we do this?
By living all your life and all of your circumstances like Jesus could come back 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Oh no... not JUST prayer... but on going; not just the hope of an event but submit to a process.

If we don't live the processes 
we're going to fall to circumstances. 
Don't just shoot up panic prayers but say that you want to get a grip on the situation even when you don't want a prayer thing; you want a miracle thing.

Circumstances don't go away. It's far better staying in our circumstances and mature than waiting for our world to change instead of saying Lord change me.

Did you catch that?

When we panic we try to help God fulfill His will. God says that's My will, My promises, stay out of it. 

With Thanksgiving...
This aspect counters culturally to tragedy. In the midst of difficulty to start praising is not the natural. 

But ot transform in the process, in the circumstances and be transformed within them... again not belittling the circumstances but recognizing God's ability to handle them. Doing this will put the enemy in a head spin. We go through the same things as the rest of the world but we go through it differently. 

 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Story time!

Did you know that the Spitfire, British fighter aircraft was used in the making of corrective lenses to restore sight?
The materials used in the design of the plane, upon impact would shatter and when pilots who survived the landing came into the surgeons, one surgeon noticed something remarkable. The pilots who had gotten pieces of this material in their eyes were in pain yes but their es were not getting infected. This material was later used to re-crafted into some of the first contact lenses. 

`I bring this up to illustrate how in the difficult times of life we can come out with the best of stuff and even brand new site.

Paul said- I've learned to be content in whatever the circumstances. 
I like that word "learned". 
It's taken time.
It's not a 10th gift from the Holy Spirit that was never mentioned. It's a learning process. Paul knew what it was to be in need and to have plenty. 

    I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 
    You have to take that into context of what you have just read. Paul is saying he has Superman abilities. 
    Oh yeah, I can do that! Christ strengthens me! I can jump that building, ya know- Christ strengthens me. I got this. 
The verse in itself is a bit of an injustice without the context of Paul's' writing. Whatever life throws at me... and it's thrown a lot, I can remain content.  Not trying to get out your circumstances because the miracle is staying in the circumstances and changing within whatever comes at you. 
Also being careful because simply asking to be taken out of your circumstances without being taught through them in some ways says Jesus is not enough to get you through the 
process an improves being. 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
10 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. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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