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The Real Source of Lasting "Happy" (Philippians 3:1-16)

Nathan Herrlin, 2017-11-05
Part of the Chasing Happy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

“Rejoice in the Lord.” Philippians 3:1
What’s your “why?”

When Jesus becomes your treasure, He also becomes your purpose.

“Watch out for those dogs” (Phil 3:2-4)
“the dogs” = religious leaders

Paul’s incredible resumé (Phil 3:4-6)

A new purpose/treasure (Phil 3:7-10)

The essence of unquenchable JOY (Phil 3:10-11)
“I want to know Christ”
“and the power of His resurrection”
“and the fellowship of sharing in His suffering”
“becoming like Him in His death”
“and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead”

We’re not perfect, so we press on. (Phil 3:12-16)

Philippians 3:1-16

1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not irksome, but for you it is safe. 2Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision: 3for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: 4though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinketh to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more: 5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. 7Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. 8Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, [even] that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: 10that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; 11if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing [I do], forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you: 16only, whereunto we have attained, by that same [rule] let us walk. (ASV)

Tags: accomplishments, happiness, value

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