Views From the Balcony – A Seeker Finds Joy

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A Study Through Philippians

A curious instruction is left for us in James 1:2-4 when we are told, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Becoming a Christian doesn’t automatically exclude a believer from difficulties. Here we’re being told to meet these adversities not with an emotional reaction, but a deliberate intelligent appraisal of the situation from God’s perspective, viewing our troubles as a means of moral and spiritual growth. We don’t rejoice in the troubles themselves but in their possible results.

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Graciously so, it is in the Book of Philippians that Paul would reveal the timeless message that true joy is to be found only in a dynamic personal relationship with Jesus Christ and in the assurance that God can turn adverse circumstances into our good and His glory. 

Unfolding for us in sweet simplicity is the philosophy of Christian living, the pattern for the Christian way of life, the prize for living for Christ, and most importantly, the power of Christ living through us. Paul learned it, lived it, and through it all found the true joy of the Lord in every situation of his suffering life.

For the believer who is ready to fortify their weary souls, this is the book for you.

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