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Jul 27, 2014

Soul Satisfaction - A Study Of Philippians (Chapter 4: 2 - 9) 

His Nearness Is Our Good . . .(v. 4-5)


“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good . . .” Psalm 73:28a


“But You are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true!”  Psalm 119:151


“The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”  Psalm 145:18


The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18


“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you . . .” James 4:8


·         Because the Lord is near, I do not have to fear or be anxious.(v. 6)

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

o   Worry consumes my life when I allow fear to overwhelm my faith.


Don’t Worry . . .


·         Because the Lord is near, I can offer up my requests to Him and know He hears.(v.6)

o   Why should I offer up prayers to God if he already knows what I need?

§  Because bringing our requests to God is an admission that I cannot provide for my needs, but God can.  (Matthew

o   When I pray, God’s Spirit displaces our worry and leads us to worship.

§  Worry is what distracts us from worship.

§  Prayer not only prepares our heart for worship, it also produces a heart of overflowing worship.

§  When I find rest as I worship in His presence, worry has no place to rest in me.


Be at Peace . . .


·         Because the Lord is near, I can experience Hisoverwhelming peace that guards my heart and mind.(v.7)

o   The peace of God guards my heart as I trust in what Iknow is true, not what Ifeel is true.

§  I experience peace when my mind dwells on, and my life obediently displays, that which is Christ-honoring.

·         Think on what is true—live out the truth.

·         Think on what is honorable—live a life of honor.

·         Think on what is just—live a life that displays justice.

·         Think on what is pure—live a life of purity.

·         Think on what is lovely—live a life that is pleasing.

·         Think on what is commendable—live a life that is admirable.

·         Think on what is excellent and worthy of praise.


My Response . . .