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Philippians 1:1-11 The How To and The Want To

A major theme in Philippians is JOY.

Why does Paul feel this way about them?  Paul considers them COMPANIONS and CO-LABORERS in the Gospel.

God was JUST GETTING STARTED with them!

He prays they would:
Overflow with THE GREATEST KIND OF love
Overflow with FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCIAL knowledge
Overflow with PROPER, GODLY discernment

Philippians 1:6

God is the HOW TO. What he’s looking for from us is the WANT TO.

Voices – An Eternal Perspective

2 Corinthians 4:17-5:10

Luke 11:34-36

Colossians 3: 1-2

1. You need a point of reference

2. Don’t focus on distractions or obstacles

Hebrews 12:1-2

Romans 8:18

3. Know your purpose

1 Corinthians 2:9

“I love to live on the brink of eternity.”  -David Brainerd

4. Live by faith

5. The story has already been written.

“The story has already been written. Your final scene has already been shot. You don’t end in failure—you end in victory.”

Voices-Proverbs 21

1 Kings 10:1-3, 6-9
Proverbs 21

Proverbs 21:1-2 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Proverbs 21:30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.

God speaks through His Word, His Spirit and His people.
His Word______________________________________________________.
His Spirit______________________________________________________.
His people_____________________________________________________.

Godly wisdom on its own ____________________________________________.
1 Kings 11:1-4

Key Idea:  _______________________________________________________________
but ______________________________________________________________________.

Two Questions:
Are you actively seeking God’s wisdom?
Is your heart in the Lord’s hands?