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The night before Jacob is to meet his brother, Esau, and deal with his past sins, Jacob encounters an angel of God and wrestles with him all night. As a result of this event Jacob's name is changed to Israel. Both the circumstances surrounding this event and its consequences reveal to us the character of God's people, Israel, and the character of the Christian faith and life. It is all about a fight fueled by God's blessing for God's blessing.
As born-again believers in Christ, we have everything we need to live in victory over the death, fear, worry, temptation, and sin. This series describes this victory, and this fourth installment focuses on the limitless ability of God to do the impossible if we are just willing to believe and obey.
For the past 15 weeks we have been studying through the book of Philippians in a series entitled "The Christian's Secret to Contentment and Joy". We are now arriving at the conclusion ... and you'll notice today the phrase in vs 11 "I have learned ... in whatever situation I am to be content" is repeated in vs. 12 "I have learned ... the secret" whether I have plenty or I have nothing. So one of the first things we notice is that the contentment we ought to experience ... is something we can learn ... and secondly it is something we need to learn ... b/c we live in a world that not only promotes but depends upon our discontentment.
Lesson Aim: To grow in our understanding of what it means to trust God when forces and circumstances are coming against us.
Christ said in John 16 while you are in the world you will have trouble (v. 33), expect it. James wrote to the early church the trouble you experience in this life is used by God "to make you mature". While the Lord is not the author of sin, no sin is beyond His sovereign ability to use it for our good and His glory. He works together everything that happens to us for His ultimate purposes. Therefore we do not allow trials and difficulties to lead us into despair because our focus is on His divine mission. We'll see an example of that in the life of the apostle Paul today. The joy of which he will speak will have absolutely nothing to do with his circumstances.
God has given us grace and peace for us to live our lives. This is a supernatural grace that is available to every believer.
Listen as Pastor Tal continues the "Act Normal" series, this week talking about God's desire to speak to us and through us using a variety of different means.