Sermon Notes – Pastor Karlos Limtiaco
July 15, 2012 – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
SIX DISCIPLINES THAT WILL HELP YOU TO GENUINELY EXPERIENCE THE PEACE OF GOD
Text: Philippians 4:4-9
Peace: Shalom, a state of mind that is satisfied and has relationships which are characterized by harmony. More than just peace of mind…but also a flourishing wholeness with God and others.
1. The Discipline of rejoicing in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Phil. 4:4)
-Rejoice in the things of the Lord rather than in the things of the world.
-Rejoice = being thankful to God
-Thanklessness moves us into having a hardened, darkened heart. (Rom. 1:21)
-See 2 Cor. 13:11; Phil 2:17; 3:1; 1 Thess. 5:16
-Rejoice over material blessings, but spiritual blessings as well: Forgiveness, Justification, etc.
2. The Discipline of relating to others in a gentle manner.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone… (Phil. 4:5a)
-Being patient and forbearing toward those who have sinned against you, responding in Grace.
-Being more concerned about how your sin affects others rather than how their sin affects you.
3. The Discipline of practicing the presence of God.
…The Lord is at hand. (Phil. 4:5b)
-…in your presence is fulness of joy… (Psalm 16:11)
-Goes beyond intellectual knowing, not only objective but subjective presence of God.
-The truth of Divine Omnipresence.
-In Him we live and move and have our being.
-Jeremiah 23:23-24, Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?…
4. The Discipline of replacing an anxiety with prayer to God.
…do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)
-Go to the Lord in prayer. Know that He is near and willing to hear you.
-Lay your burdens at His feet.
-…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
-It is not a peace we drum up ourselves, God produces the peace that surpasses all understanding.
5. The Discipline of meditating on appropriate things.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil. 4:8)
-These things are all embodied in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
-Focus on Jesus.
-Also are qualities that can be reflected by believers.
-View all of life from the lens of the Divine Christ.
6. The Discipline of behaving in a godly manner.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:9)
-Being transformed by the truth so that it works itself out in our actions and behavior.