Rules for Living

March 21, 2020

Welcome to Day # 4 of our COVID-19 Connection Series. 

How are you all doing today? I hope you will enjoy the sunshine and the warmer weather.

Are you hanging in there? You’re not going stir crazy, are you? I hope not.

Make sure you take time for your daily devotions – spend time in the Bible just reading scripture.

Prayer Time – Pause for Prayer

Use the Church prayer list from bulletin.

Our WORD from the LORD – Rules for Living

Today I want to share Seven rules for daily living that are found in the book of Philippians chapter 4 (Grab your Bible) and follow along. Are you ready to receive them?

   I. Rule # 1 – Stand Fast – 4:1

4 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 

   II. Rule # 2 – Be United – 4:2-3
  • In verse 2, it is being united in one mind.

I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.

 To live above

With the saints we love;

Oh, that will be glory!

But to live below

With the saints we know;

Now that’s a different story!

  • In verse 3, it is being united in ministry.

And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

  • Look at the words used in this verse:
  • labored with me in the gospel,
  • My fellow workers
   III. Rule # 3 – Rejoice always – 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

When I was going to Bible school our professors would have us memorize Scripture. This was one verse that we were challenge to commit to memory.

  Do you know the song that comes from this verse?

Rejoice in the Lord always;
And again I say, rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always;
And again I say, rejoice. Rejoice, rejoice,
And again I say, rejoice.
Rejoice, rejoice,
And again I say, rejoice.

   Let that little song be with you throughout today.

   I hope that I haven’t lost anyone who was listening by singing you that song!

   IV. Rule # 4 – Display Gentleness

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

The New Living Translation renders this verse like this,

   5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

    Now is the time for all of us to be considerate of others around us. In light of what we have been asked to do let us show some gentleness towards our family, neighbors, and community.

   V. Rule # 5 – Don’t worry/Pray – 4:6-7

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    The word “anxious” can also be translated “worry”. Just the other day we looked at what Jesus taught about worry from His sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6). Jesus said, “Do not worry.” Worry is a sign that we are lacking faith. Also remember, worry sees a problem, but concern looks for a solution. Worry is praying to the wrong God.

  • Don’t worry – be prayerful.
  • Supplication – with thanksgiving.
  • Let your requests be made known to God

   If we will but pray, God will show up in a BIG way. Look at the wonderful promise found in verse 7,

    7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

   The opposite of a worried and troubled heart is a heart at peace and rest. This peace here is a tranquility that flows from God to man (all who know Him). Do you possess the peace of God today? God promises to guard our hearts and our minds through Jesus Christ. Here is the point: Troublesome times don’t have to be that troublesome for the believer. 

   VI. Rule # 6 – Think Right – 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Bible teachers call this verse the P48 Standard. Write that in the margin of your Bible. This is the standard when it comes to what you and I are to think about.

   In Opening Up Philippians the author writes, In keeping with that thought, Paul suggests to his readers a ‘divine programming’ that will ensure their peace. He calls upon them to think about:

  • THE TRUE—those things that correspond to the teaching of God’s Word;
  • THE NOBLE—those things that have the dignity of moral excellence;
  • THE JUST—those things that conform to God’s standards;
  • THE PURE—those things that are free from the taint of sin;
  • THE LOVELY—those virtues that make believers attractive and winsome, such as generosity, kindness, compassion and willingness to forgive;
  • THE THINGS OF GOOD REPORT—those things that give Christians a good reputation and a good name.

Paul sums it all up by telling his readers to meditate on anything of virtue and anything worthy of praise.

   VII. Rule # 7 – Just Do it – 4:9

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

    What good is the Bible if all we do is take it in, but never put it into practice? We have all learned some great truths to put into practice concerning these difficult days before us. What will we do with what we heard? Yesterday I warned us NOT to set aside all the wonderful benefits that God gives us (Psalm 103). Well, today I want to encourage us not to forget to put into practice what Paul taught us here in the fourth chapter of Philippians.

I want you to know as your Pastor that I love you, and I miss seeing your face-to-face. But we all know that this is temporary and that soon we shall be gathered together in our building and we shall be worshipping our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Until then, we are just doing the same thing a different way.

Sunday I will be going live at 10:00 A.M. I want to encourage your family to spend ½ hour listening to some great Christian music in preparation for receiving the message. You’ll want to download the message notes at slbc2u.com. Go down the page to our sermon area, and underneath that you will see note for download. Also make sure your download the My Blessing List from our resources under COVID-19 Handouts.

And remember, that we’re in touch, so you be in touch.

See you tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. (Facebook Live)