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Sermon Notes

2/25/24

A Disciplined Life – Message 2- Simplicity and Submission

Philippians 4:10-13
God’s Provision
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

1) Live Simply
Philippians 4:10-11
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Paul is speaking from personal experience and his simple life was supported by the generosity of the Philippian church.

11. I have learned— ἐγώ μανθάνω (A-ho manthano) To learn, find out, be taught

content— αὐτάρκης (autarkase) from the greek compound of: αυτος αρχω (he begins)
The Greek, literally expresses “independent of others, and having sufficiency in one’s self.”

But Christianity has raised the term above the haughty self-sufficiency of the heathen Stoic to the contentment of the Christian, whose sufficiency is not in self, but in God (2 Co 3:5; 1 Ti 6:6, 8; Heb 13:5; compare Je 2:36; 45:5) and whose needs are often met through the care and concern of others..

Paul has learned and he is content, and he is in effective asking if the Philippians are too.

Hebrews 13:5
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

2) Submit to God
Philippians 4:12
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

I know—οἶδα (O-eeda) not merely knowledge but understanding (cognition/comprehension)

I have learned–μυέω (mea-o) to be initiated into or learn a mystery or secret
This is learning through revelation rather than learning through experience.

3) Simplicity and Submission prepare us to appreciate God’s perfect provision.

Philippians 4:13
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Paul testifies to the sufficiency of Christ’s strength. He is prepared to endure any circumstance in life because Christ empowers him to do so.

It is not about what we have, or what we strive towards, or what we desire or will to happen, but rather…it is about finding satisfaction and comfort in the presence, provision, work, plan, and purpose that God has for your life.

ἐνδυναμόω (endynamoo)—Strengthen isn’t really right. The correct translation here is enable, or makes possible.

God’s perfect provision enables us to live unencumbered and in submission to his will, word, and way for our lives.

Questions:
1) What takes priority in your life? What rules your time, effort, focus, and focus?
2) Are there things in your life that you just have too much of? Why?
3) How would your life be different if you lived more simply? Would it be better?
4) How are you actively submitting to God’s will, word, and way?
5) In what way does submitting to God affect your plans, hopes, and dreams?
6) How has God provided for you in ways that were unexpected? Have you shared these stories and info on these blessings with others?
7) How could you more fully submit to God?