Count Your Burdens

Philippians 4:10-13

We are reminded this time of the year to count our blessings.  However, today's message teaches us to learn from the Apostle Paul to count our blessings even in the midst of our burdens.  

> Be thankful regardless of the Lord's timing for His provision - v.10

> Be thankful regardless of our circumstances - v.11  (Ref Romans 8:28)

> Be thankful regardless of our economic status - v.12

> Be thankful for a Savior who can help us get to that place - v. 13


Puny Prayer vs. W.I. Worry

Philippians 4:6-7

Trials and difficulties come to every life, even Christ-follwers.  When they do come, we can respond in one of two ways:  1) worry, or 2) pray.  Let's see which one is the better option!

>  No worries mate - v. 6a

       Be anxious for nothing.  Anxious = to be pulled apart. 
       We are commanded not to worry - whatever is not done in faith is sin! 

>  Hit your knees - v. 6b 

       Prayer -  In everything by prayer
      Supplication - Genesis 22:8, 13-14 - heartfelt, specific request for our needs. 
      Thanksgiving - an important part of prayer.  God is blessed by our gratitude. 

> Peace to you - v. 7

       Prayer = peach of God
       Peace in the midst of trying circumstances. 
       The worry option will never give us peace.  


Check Your Thankometer

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Modern medical science uses various instruments to measure our physical health by taking the data and translating that into a numerical value.  If that number fits into an acceptable range, we are considered healthy, and if not, not so much!  For example, a thermometer reading 98.6 means something different than one reading 102.  But what about our spiritual health?  What if I could invent a "thankometer" that measured the gratitude of our heart, what would it reveal about our spiritual health?

We are commanded to give thanks in everything. 
We need to focus not on the problem, but on the problem solver! 
What we believe affects the way we live our lives.  (Philippians 4:6-7,  Acts 16:19-25
We are to be thankful during the tough times.  Romans 8:28, Job 1:21-22
We are to be thankful during the times of blessing.  Luke 17:15-16
Our faith is only as big as our concept of God.