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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

STEADFASTNESS IN A WORLD LIKE YOURS


So create an environment of stability and do not fracture that, for its causes negative attitudes, bad spirits, unforgiven, lack of love.

TEXT:      PHILIPPIANS 4:4
SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN STEADFASTNESS,
Spiritual steadfastness vs. instability is our theme in this lessons.
1A  THE SECULAR SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE
Our whole society struggles with stability. We live in an very unstable world, we live in the midst of unstable people. People filled with anxiety and unable to cope with their circumstances of life. And there a myriad of solutions that don't work.
IB  SECULAR PSYCHOLOGY LIES
What's the solution that our society gives to the myriad of problems that our society has? The world believes that man can solve his deepest problems with secular psychology principles with certain introspective inner self-adjustments, or minor medical doses.
These lies are diversion. While pursing the wrong things in to the wrong areas and coming up with the wrong answers and thus missing the right answers.
Dr. Robert Coles, social Psychologist from Harvard Medical School. He states: "A befuddled mixed up slob with no tuffness is a Psychiatrist." When he was ask, "Can psychologist help a person's mental health?" Cole said this; "We should'nt use words like mental health, the question is not what is mental health, or do you have mental health, the question is what do you do with your life." Something, right!!!
2A  THE CHRISTIANS PERSPECTIVE (should be)
To those Christians who have not bought into the lie, then how do Christians find steadfastness, and stability in life? Where do you go to learn to cope? Where do you go to learn to deal with anxiety? and circumstances that debilitate you?
"I JUST NEED TO GET MY LIFE TOGETHER?" We live in a sea of people who are emotional unstable. Where do we go for help?
IB  PSALMS ONE: The foundational Psalms of life:
1C  The Stability Life: vs. 1-3 2C  The Instability Life: vs. 4-6
2B The person who walks with God is characterized by stability and steadfastness, and productivity, but the one who rejects Him flounders in meaningless existence. What would you rather be?
1C  Delighting in the Lord, having a right relationship with God. 2C  Meditating in His Word, so that life is viewed from a divine perspective.
PHILIPPIANS 4:1-9 KEYS TO SPIRITUAL STEADFASTNESS
1A  CULTIVATE HARMONY THROUGH LOVE: vs. 2-3   
2A  MAINTAIN A SPIRIT OF JOY (REJOICING) ALWAYS. VS. 4


Here is the command: "Rejoice, I say again rejoice."
You say how can I rejoice in my circumstances? The command is not saying that. How can I rejoice even in,imy spiritual accomplishments? You can't.
Then what is the command saying. Rejoice in the LORD. The Lord is the only person that we can rejoice over. He never fails us. 

IB  PRINCIPLE TO APPLY IN LIFE FOR STEADFASTNESS:
"What a person's thinking is about God is tied into how he is about to maintain a steady life."
2B THINKING ABOUT THE LORD BRINGS JOY. Why? One: He is sovereign over all things, and God is in charge, He's in control, and its for my good. And the more I know Him the great the depth of my joy.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO TEACH THESE PRINCIPLE/TRUTH TO YOUR CHILDREN AND MAKE APPLICATION IN YOUR DAILY LIVING.