The Habits of Happiness (Philippians) – Part 12
“If you do THESE THINGS you will experience God’s peace which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts quiet and your heart at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Vs. 7 (TLB)
1. REFUSE _______________________________________________________________.
“Never worry about anything...” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
“And why worry about clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was never clothed as beautifully as they.” Matthew 6:28-29 (TLB)
“Unload all your worries on God since He is looking after you!” 1 Peter 5:7 (JB)
2. PRAY __________________________________________________________________!
“Never worry about anything. Instead in every situation let God know what you need in your prayers and requests...” Philippians 4:6 (GW)
“You do not have, because you do not ask God.” James 4:2 (NIV)
“Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t He who gave us Christ, also give us everything else we need?”Romans 8:32 (NLT)
3. THANK GOD ____________________________________________________________!
“...When you ask God for what you need also thank him for all he’s done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
“...always ask with a thankful heart.” (TEV)
“In everything give thanks, for THIS is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
4. THINK ____________________________________________________________________!
“Fill your minds with those things that are true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and beautiful and respected. If anything is excellent or if anything is worthy of honor, think about those things.” Philippians 4:8 (NCV)
“You Lord, will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, and whose thoughts are fixed ON YOU!” Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
5. BE _________________________________________________________________________!
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether I’m well-fed or hungry, when I have more than I need or when I don’t have enough.” Philippians 4:11-12 (TLB)
“Peace of mind makes the body healthy, but envy is like a cancer.” Proverbs 14:30 (TEV)
“It’s better to only have a little with peace of mind, than to be busy all the time with both hands, trying to catch the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6 (TEV)
“I have the strength to face anything and everything by the power that Christ gives me.” Philippians 4:13 (TEV)
“Obey God and be at peace with Him; this is the way to happiness.” Job 22:21 (NCV)
“A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren.” Proverbs 13:22 (Msg)
“A righteous man will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112:6 (NIV)
1. SERVE _________________________________________________________.
“You will earn the trust and respect of others if you work for good.” Proverbs 14:22 (TEV)
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
“Don’t work for food that spoils; instead, work for the food that lasts for eternal life.” John 6:27 (TEV)
“Day by day the Lord observes the good deeds done by godly men, and gives them eternal rewards.” Psalm 37:18 (TLB)
2. GIVE ____________________________________________________________.
“Godly people give generously… Their good deeds will never be forgotten.” 2 Corinthians 9:9 (NLT)
“He who gives generously to the needy and shows kindness will be powerful and respected.” Psalm 112:9 (TEV)
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
“Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help… Don’t say, ‘Come back later. I’ll give it to you tomorrow.’” Proverbs 3:27-28 (NCV)
3. SUCCEED ___________________________________________________________.
“Arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” Proverbs 29:23 (TEV)
“Praise is the test of character.” Proverbs 27:21 (NEB)
“Someone who will not learn will be poor and disgraced. Anyone who listens to correction is respected.”Proverbs 13:18 (TEV)
“Humility and reverence for the Lord will make you both wise and honored.” Proverbs 15:33 (TLB)
THE HABITS OF HAPPINESS - Part 11
1. EVERY DAY: _________________________________________________________________________!
“...We Christians glory in what Christ Jesus has DONE for us and realize that we are helpless to save ourselves.” Philippians 3:3 (TLB)
“...We couldn’t carry this off by our own efforts, and we know it!” Philippians 3:3 (Msg)
“...in legalistic righteousness, I was faultless.” Philippians 3:6 (CSB)
“But I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law. Instead I trust Christ to save me! For God’s way of making us right with himself is through faith!” Philippians 3:9 (NLT)
2. EVERY DAY: _________________________________________________________________________.
“All the things that I once thought were so important to me, I now consider worth nothing, because of Christ.” Philippians 3:7 (CSB)
3. EVERY DAY: _________________________________________________________________________!
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering, becoming like him in his death so that somehow I also may be raised to life.” Philippians 3:10-11 (TEV)
“For my determined purpose is that I may know Christ – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more strongly and more clearly…” Philippians 3:10 (Amp)
4. EVERY DAY: ___________________________________________________________________________.
“I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I still haven’t learned all I should, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be...” Philippians 3:12-13 (TLB)
5. EVERY DAY: ________________________________________________________________________.
“I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
The Habits of Happiness (Philippians) – Part 10
“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, SO THAT I MAY BE CHEERED when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone else looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon. But I think it is necessary to also send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressedbecause you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again YOU MAY BE GLAD and I MAY HAVE LESS ANXIETY. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.” PHILIPPIANS 2:19-30 (NIV)
“so that I may be CHEERED” vs. 19
“so that you may be GLAD” vs. 28
“so that I may have less ANXIETY” vs. 28b
“…it will make me happy and lighten my cares.” (TLB)
TO BE HAPPY
1. SHIFT THE FOCUS FROM MYSELF TO OTHERS.
“I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone else looks out for his own interests…” PHILIPPIANS 2:20-21 (NIV)
“He genuinely cares for you…others only care about themselves.” (TEV)
“...they are all wrapped up in their own affairs...” (Ph)
“Don’t be so obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” PHILIPPIANS 2:4 (Msg)
2. BECOME SOMEONE THAT PEOPLE TRUST.
“Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father, he has served with me in the work of the gospel.” PHILIPPIANS 2:22 (NIV)
“...you know what kind of person Timothy proved to be.” (GW)
“God blesses the person who sweareth to his own hurt.” (KJV)
3. LEARN ______________________________________________________________.
“...he has worked and fought by my side.” (GN)
Jesus: “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight.” MATTHEW 5:9 (MSG)
“You must get along with each other! You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.” 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 (Msg)
“I don’t just do what I like or what is best for me, but what is best for everyone so they may be saved.” 1 CORINTHIANS 10:33 (NLT)
4. LIVE ________________________________________________________________________.
“Indeed he was very ill, and he almost died...he RISKED HIS LIFE for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while trying to do for me the things you couldn’t do because you were far away!” PHILIPPIANS 2:27, 30 (NLT)
“Only those who give away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” MARK 8:35 (TLB)