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Posted by: Pastor J Jacobs on Sat, May 27, 2017

Philippians 2: 12,13
Dr. Jerry Vines
These two verses are too important to just pass over and not to give the attention that they really demand. These two verses are verses that give us important information about how we can be a happy Christian.

How to live a Christian life in such a way that we will be victorious and have the joy of the lord in our life everyday. The theme of these two verses is obeying the Lord. In verse 12 he begins by saying: "Wherefore my beloved brethren." He is pointing back to what has previously been said.

I think he's connecting the obedience of the Christian with the obedience of the Lord Jesus. In verse 8 of the chapter, the Bible says that Christ was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. "Wherefore my beloved brethren, you much more are also to be obedient." I really believe that obedience is one of the keys to the Christian life. The Bible says to obey is better than sacrifice.

Disobedience can get you in a lot of trouble. If you are disobedient to your parent when you are a child it can cause all kinds of problems for you. If you are disobedient to the laws of the land it can cause problems for us. The Bible says in Romans 5:19 - "Wherefore by the disobedience of one man (Adam) sin entered into the world. By the
obedience of one many were made righteousness."

The disobedience of Adam brought sin into the world. The coming of Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to be saved and know Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour. The theme here is our learning to obey the Lord.

Singing that hymn when I was a boy - "Trust and obey,
for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."

I have found that to be true. I have learned if you ride on the old Testament (trust and obey) railroad-, you will find that the journey will be alot happier.

Paul says I know you have been obedient in my presence (while I was with you) now how much more be obedient in my absence. Paul was saying don't let your obedience be contingent on whether or not I'm present.

Don't put your obedience on the basis of whether I'm with you or whether I'm not.

Early on in the ministry I learned a little adage that said "when the cat's away the mice will play and when the preacher's away the people will stray." I have followed that through the years and sometimes that's true.

But you have to learn to mature in your faith to the point that your faith and your dependability in living the Christian life is not dependent upon a preacher. You can't just tie your faith into a preacher. Never let your faith be contingent on the rise or the fall of a preacher-. The Bible says we are to put no confidence in the flesh. If you put your eyes on people somewhere along the way you are going to get disappointed. If you keep your eyes on Jesus you will never get disappointed.

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