Series: Philippians (3) | Pastor Mark Harrell | Play/Download
Philippians 2:14 and Luke 1:39-55
Three ways God handles and looks at the humble heart:
1. Mercy - His mercy is for those who fear Him. Fear - "in awe of".
2. Exalts - He exalts those of humble position.
3. Satisfaction - He has filled the hungry with good things. Gratitude is a hunger that stays filled with good things.
James 4:6b God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
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I Corinthians 11:3 NAS
One of the challenges for men today is alignment. Every Christian man is to do to Jesus what Jesus did to God: Align himself. Jesus stayed in perfect alignment with the Father.
Psalm 128 Describes the alignment of a Kingdom man.
He pronouces a blessing on men who fear God.
A blessing is experiencing, enjoying, and extending the goodness of God in your life. Whatever you want God to do to you, tell Him how you will use it through you.
What does it mean to fear god?
1. Fearing God is the foundational principle of God working in your life.
2. The fear of God opens up God's treasures.
a. Dread or terror
b. To reverence, be in awe of or hold in high esteem
c. To fear God means to take God seriously
What humanity has done, especially in our wonderful land, we have lowered our definition of God and since we have met that definition, we thing we are OK. To take God seriously means to relate to Him on His standard rather than making Him come down to ours.
When we decide to take God seriously, we begin to see Him unfold His purpose and His blessing that He has destined for us. God wants the total commitment of the man so that through the man and in the man He can express His will.
The blessings of fearing God in Psalm 128:2
1. Your furtune
2. Your feelings
3. Your future
Series: Philippians (2) | Pastor Mark Harrell | Play/Download
Philippians Chapter 1
The Christian life, living a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is fearless regardless of the situation.
Break this phrase down into simple levels: "To live is Christ, to die is gain."
1. Don't be afraid to share and be an example to a neighbor.
2. Be willing to do local and foreign missions by praying, supporting, and going.
3. Be willing to do the righteous thing even if you get persecuted or suffer a consequence.
Series: Philippians (1) | Pastor Mark Harrell | Play/Download
Philippians 1 and Acts 16
Here is a short list of some of the people in the Church of Philippi:
1. Lydia (Asian). A wealthy business woman. Paul appeals to her intellect and she understands the gospel and gets saved.
2. The slave girl (Greek). She is impoverished, enslaved, and exploited. Paul reaches her by addressing the demonic spirit controlling her and she is set free.
3. The jailer (Roman). He is a hardworking, military type guy. Paul reaches him by being an example of loyalty to a greater duty, something beyond even his understanding of duty. Paul shows him an example of Christian living that shakes this man to his core.
Paul had a picture of how the Gospel cannot be stopped by the walls we build as humans. In an instant, Paul defined the Gospel by defying situations.