God has called us into a citizenship of a higher city, a polis to cite the Greek. Our values and culture are derived from above. We have a status and identity in Christ. Let us act accordingly. (Philippians 1:21-27; 2:10-11; 3:20; Acts 16:9-13)

Speaker: Justin Schaller
Sermon # 12626
Date: 2023-12-02
Time: Sun 6:30 PM

P. Justin Schaller –

Good evening. How’s everybody doing? We’re doing great, aren’t we? We are doing better than
great. We’re doing amazing even if you don’t feel like it. Position is much more important than
how we feel, isn’t it? To live by faith and walk by faith is much more important than how I feel,
right? And it’s amazing that we were taught this in this ministry by a man of God and men of
God that have taught us to walk by faith and to be able to think clearly.

Isn’t it important to think clearly and to be taught how to think and to live in a society that is so
entertainment based that people don’t even have the ability to sit with themselves and be able
to think. And how we’ve been able to. We’ve been taught and we’ve been disciplined because
it doesn’t come naturally that we’re able to concentrate and we’re able to think with God not
just logically or rationally but we’re able to think with God. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Thank
God for that.

Let’s just open up with prayer. How about we just take a few moments, and you can pray with
your neighbor. Let’s just pray for the message. Let’s pray for our fellowship and that the Holy
Spirit can just minister something to us tonight. Okay. Let’s do that.

If you want to turn in your bibles to the book of Acts, Acts 16. We’re going to look at the book
of Philippians this evening just starting in chapter 1:27, but to get just a little bit of context of
the Apostle Paul and the church in Philippi. In just a few moments, I just want to lay out just a
few principles of who these people were, what the city was, and getting an idea of why Paul
says what he says to these particular people.

If you look in the book of Acts 16, we know that Paul was called by the Macedonian man. He
has a vision in vs.9. That Paul had a vision by night and a man of Macedonia was standing there.
Macedonia is modern day Greece. Paul was doing his first missionary journey in modern day
Turkey, and on his second journey he had this vision where he saw a man come to him in this
vision and said, Paul, please come to Macedonia and plant churches here. So, Paul does that in
vs. 12. They went to Philippi which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia. It’s really the
capital of Macedonia. And Luke adds that it was a Roman colony. So, they traveled from
modern day Turkey, and they landed in Macedonia in the city of Philippi.

Now, it’s interesting because it says that it was a Roman colony and that’s important for us to
know because Paul is going to use that term in the book of Philippians that Roman colony. Now,
in the Roman Empire there were two classes of people. There were Roman citizens and there
was those who were not Roman citizens. Mostly slaves, but other areas that were conquered
by Rome that were Roman territories, but they weren’t Roman citizens. Like in Israel, it was
occupied by the Romans and governed by the Romans, but the Jewish people were not Roman
citizens and in many areas of modern day Greece and modern day Turkey, these areas
obviously occupied by the Romans but not necessarily the people being Roman citizens.

But in Philippi, Philippi was a Roman province, or it says that it was a Roman colony. That word
in the Greek is POLIS. P-O-L-I-S. It’s the word where we get “political” or “politics” from. And if
you had a city that was a Roman colony or the polis, these people were given the rights to be
Roman citizens and why was it important to be a Roman citizen? Because you had judicially the
ability to appeal your case before the Caesar.

We know that Paul was a Roman citizen and that gave him the right when he was in Caesaria to
appeal to Caesar. And he had that right and that ability, and the Romans honored that. And
that’s why Paul was shipped off to Rome. But Roman citizens also had tax benefits. They had
certain rights that other non-citizens didn’t have. And Roman citizens felt very superior to the
rest of the population. They would even look down maybe on non-citizens as lesser then.
And this little city Philippi was interesting because this was a Macedonian city, a city conquered
by a king in 400 B.C.

King Philipp and named after him, bit it became a Roman colony because in
42 B.C. this was a great battle that occurred there. Augustus Caesar took power after that
battle and because that victory that gave him that rule and reign as Caesar happened in
Philippi, he granted the citizens of Philippi to be Roman citizens. It was a very prestigious status
that these people had to be called Romans. It became a very attractive place, Philippi. It was a
place that a lot of military Roman generals retired to, and this city was really seen as a
miniature Rome. It was seen as a sister of Rome.

When you went there, they had the same speech. They would speak Latin. They would behave
properly. As a Roman citizen, they had great allegiance to Caesar. They saw Caesar as some sort
of deity in God. And they had great pride and prestige as residents of Philippi, even though they
were 800 miles from Rome. They felt as though they were or had allegiance to Rome, so they
very much conducted themselves in line with the state. And as a Roman citizen, it wasn’t so
much about your own rights, but it was actually about you using your skills and your service,
your abilities, your business for the betterment of the Roman Empire. If you were a Roman
citizen, it was all about uplifting the name of Rome.

So, these Roman citizens in these Roman colonies never forgot who they belonged to. They were aligned with Rome, and they had their allegiance to Caesar. So this word polis is really that. It is a city state, or it is a partnership with Rome. It’s a Roman colony, so these people in Philippi really saw that they were partners of the greater good of the
Roman Empire and they could take great satisfaction in that. They had great pride. Can we say
that? As Americans, we do have pride. Remember when Bob Soprano used to sing that song? From
the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee, right? We have great pride in the sense, and
we still do that we’re Americans. And people go to war, and we have people that have served this country.

People that have served it because they believe in the Constitution. They believe
in the Declaration. They believe in the fundamentals of what makes this country great. And we
would even say that these people were nationalistic in the sense that they put their nation first.
And we see it in our society that we have this phrase “partisan.” That if you’re a liberal or
you’re a Republican you fall in line with party lines and you have ideas and causes that go above
and beyond your own autonomy. But it’s rather for the sake of the party. Don’t we see that?
That’s how these people were. Just to get an idea of that, they were lined with Rome.
Let’s turn to Philippians 1.

This is an amazing portion of Scripture, because we know that Paul
now has visited Philippi. This is where Lydia becomes a believer. And Paul goes into Lydia’s
home, and he stays there, and he does ministry there. But eventually, he is run out of town
because the people actually say the things that this man Paul speaks about goes against our
ideology of Rome. So, he faced great persecution when he was there in Philippi.

And Paul we know now is in prison in Rome writing this letter to a group of believers, and he
wants to encourage them in who they are in Christ and who they truly belong to. Because you
have to think that these people that he’s writing to are Roman citizens. We see just to go
through a few of these verses quickly starting in vs. 21. Paul says – he’s in Rome and he doesn’t
know if he’s going to be released from prison or if he is going to lose his head. And he says in vs.
21, “for me to live is Christ.” His whole focus was Christ. His whole mission was to glorify Christ,
preach a message of Christ. And he says for me to live is Christ. To die is gain.

He doesn’t know if he’s going to go home to be with the Lord, but he does say if he remains in
vs. 22 it’s going to be fruitful labor for him. If he remains in this world, it’s just going to be more
fruit for him, meaning more souls saved and more edification to the Body of Christ. He says I
don’t know in vs. 23, I don’t know if I’m going to die or if I’m going to depart in vs. 23. His
desire was to depart and be with Christ for that is far better, but in vs. 24 he says to remain in
the flesh is more necessary.

It’s not meaning that Paul didn’t have a desire for the people in Philippians. He did. And Philippians 1, he
says he has a great longing for them. Phpilippians 4:1, he has a great longing for them. Meaning that
the longing that he had for the people in Philippi was the affection that Christ placed in his
heart. It’s the affection that Christ had for the church. And he said I will off put my departure to
go to be with the Lord face to face because it’s more necessary for me to stay here and to teach
you and to fulfill the joy that you could have in Christ. It’s an amazing just principle just in that.
Paul is basically saying I’d rather go and be with the Lord, but it’s more necessary for me to stay
for your joy.

He didn’t look on his own needs, but he looked on the needs of the church in Philippi, so in vs.
25 he was convinced that he would stay. And I know that I will remain and continue with you
for your progress. Meaning your sanctification, your maturity in the faith and joy. It’s amazing that he was a man of God that would – who’s in prison going through all of these hardships and
sufferings and he says I’ll stay for your joy because he knew that if they would mature in Christ,
their joy would increase. And I love that little principle that if we mature in Christ, our joy will
increase in Christ.

So, in vs. 28, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus because of my
coming to you again. So, Paul basically is just saying that I want to remain so that I can speak
truth to you. So that your eyes could be open to the reality of who you are in Christ. And when
you see that, your joy will increase.

But look at this in vs. 27. He says this only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of
Christ. Now, some translations say your speech. Others have a different translation, but this is a
good one. Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ. Now, that doesn’t seem as
though that what I just said contextually about being a Roman citizen and polis is in that verse,
but that’s exactly what the Greek word is. He says live as a citizen of a free state. He uses the
same Greek word, polis, meaning that you were a colony of the kingdom of heaven.

And I’ll show you if you look in Philippians 3, Paul who was addressing a Roman colony from the city
of Rome is writing to citizens of Rome and he uses this political language as a suitable symbol of
a higher privilege that they have. That they are polis. That they are a city state of a capital city.
That he uses his political language as a symbolic metaphor of the duties, rather in the identity
of who these believers are. He says first and foremost, your allegiance isn’t to Rome first and
foremost. Your are a citizen of a heavenly city.

Therefore, live as citizens of that free state. He uses the same word in Philippians 3:20. Just look. But our citizenship or our polis. He uses that particular word in this epistle, because they had great understanding of what that meant
because they live with that every single day. Their allegiance was to Rome. Their customs came
from Rome. They were 800 miles away from Rome, but that didn’t matter. They didn’t need
people overlording them. They took great pride in the fact that they honored Rome. And so
Paul uses that same phrase, and he says you are not citizens of Rome.

You are citizens of a heavenly city. You are a city state meaning that your values, your customs, your culture are all
derived from a heavenly kingdom. It’s not here right now but it’s in heaven. But you are living in
accordance that when people see you, they realize that you are a citizen of a different kingdom.
And it says our citizenship is in heaven and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
That’s why Paul says in Philippians 2, he says that the true king is not Caesar. But rather, in vs. 10 that
every name, every person will at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven and on
earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the
Father. He’s saying to the Philippians you guys are afraid that you guys are outsiders but let me
just tell you your citizenship isn’t in Rome.

Your citizenship is in heaven and your king isn’t the Caesar. Your king is the one that every Caesar will bow their knee and confess that he is the true king that he is telling them and encouraging them, and he is saying to them in vs. 27, let
your manner of life have your identity in your understanding that your polis or your citizenship
is rooted in a commonwealth or in a kingdom that is not on this earth. The Romans were very
proud in the sense that they identified as Romans.

Paul is saying that is nothing compared to being a citizen of heaven, because look at what you
says in vs. 26. He says so that in me you will have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus. The
Greek word means to boast in Christ Jesus. It means to be proud of.

I remember being a young kid and traveling in Europe with my family and I had a U.S. passport.
And I was proud of that passport. I was proud to be a U.S. citizen. I was proud in the sense of
like where I came from. And it’s interesting to think that most people that were born into the
Roman Empire or were Roman citizens were born into the Roman Empire. And I love the
picture that we have nothing to boast in rather than God has birthed in us the Spirit and the
new life, and we have been birthed into that kingdom and we are proud of that. I did nothing
for my citizenship. Even with my salvation in heaven, I did nothing but rather I can boast in
Christ Jesus that he has allowed me to be a citizen in his city, in his state.

So, Paul is giving in vs. 27 this exhortation to these believers in Philippi to recognize their
position, their value, their position to have an understanding of what it’s worth. Actually, look
at what he says in vs. 27. Let your understanding if I could translate it like this, let your
understanding of who you are as a citizen be worthy of the Gospel. Worthy means equal
weight. It means the same balance of what it means or what it is.

He’s saying to them act as though that you are a child of God. Act as though that you’re home is
in heaven. Act as though that your king and your heavenly Father is in heaven and is sovereign
and is in control of all things. Act that way. And he says let it be worthy of what? The gospel of
Christ. What does it mean to be worthy? Act in your position that is worthy of what Christ has
done for you.

And what does that mean? Have an understanding that you’re reconciled to God. Have an
understanding that you have been brought near to God. That you have access to God. That in 1
Peter 1, you’ve been born again. Act as though that your sins have been separated as far as the
east is from the west. Act as though in 1 John 3 that you were a child of God. Act as though in
Matthew 5 that your heaven Father knows that you have need of all these things. 2 Corinthians 5, act as
though that you’re a new creation in Christ. Old things have passed away. Behold, all things
have become new. That you’ve been adopted. That you’re a coheir with Christ. That you’re
righteous. That you’re sanctified. That you’ve been made perfect. That you’ve been made
accepted. That you’re forgiven. That you’re complete in Him in Colossians 2:10.

He's saying to them understand that your citizenship just doesn’t give you a tax write off. It
doesn’t give you appeal to the Caesar. But rather that he has gifted you a brand new life, that
you are his bride. That you have an inheritance that doesn’t fade away. That you’re his
possession for all of eternity. That you’re the object of his love for all of eternity. That you will
be a vessel of his grace and his mercy that will declare this song for all of eternity. That you
have the power, the Spirit residing in you working all things together for your good and his
glory. That you’re the object of his faithfulness every single second and moment of your life.
You are a citizen of heaven. Live in that. And that’s what he’s saying to them.

That you are the object of intercession in Romans 8. That you’re the object of his
encouragement. That you’re the object to showcase his faithfulness. That the Holy Spirit now
resides in you. You’re the temple of the Holy Spirit. That he baptized you into his Body. That he
sealed you with the down payment, the ring of engagement. That he will marry you one day.
And it’s a sure thing that the Holy Spirit now resides in you to speak to you, to lead you, to
teach you, to correct you, to exhort you, and to comfort you. Your citizenship has been granted
to you simply by grace, and it is now your right as a citizen of heaven to come into the presence
of a holy righteous God to declare your needs to him. Paul is saying I want you to understand
your polis, your citizenship and that you have a right to become before because the gospel has
done that for you.

So, look at what he says in vs. 27. Let me just go through just briefly. How are you guys doing?
You guys are okay? Okay. Look at vs. 27. Look at just four things and then we’ll close. Stand firm
in one Spirit. Stand fast. It’s the idea of a military soldier standing fast at his post. It’s clear that
you’re going to hold your ground. We see in the book of Ephesians that we don’t war against
flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. That Paul is saying to the church in
Philippi you’re going to have opposition. Your opposition isn’t people.

Your opposition is a demonic warfare that is coming against the church. And he’s saying that you need to stand firm.
That you need to understand that you have an opposition that wants to push you out of your
position in your experience, that wants to push you into a place where you don’t identify with
your citizenship that you have.

So, he says stand firm in one spirit with one mind. One spirit. You can see it’s lowercase spirit.
Whenever you see in the translations in the Bible, when you see uppercase Spirit, it’s the Holy
Spirit. When you see lowercase spirit, human spirit. So, he’s saying with one spirit. Who is he
talking to? An individual? No, he’s talking to the church. He’s saying in your spirit have this
attitude that you are a soldier, and you’re not going to be pushed around with projections, with
opposition, with negativity, with infighting, with disunity, with jealousy, with envy.

Paul is saying this is like in Rome it wasn’t so much about the individual. It was about the Empire. And
he’s saying have that same attitude. It’s not about one individual. It’s not about your
accomplishments. It’s about the kingdom of God. It’s about the church.

So, stand firm with the same attitude in the spirit being able to resist the opposition that will push you out of your
position. So, that’s the first word, stand firm.

Then, he says with one spirit and one mind striving side by side. I like this because this word
“striving” is the idea of athletics. It’s actually where we get the word “athletics.” It’s the Greek
word ATHLEO. ATHLEO is the Greek word and it’s actually plural meaning. That it’s not as
though that you’re striving individually, but that you have a struggle along with other people.
It’s striving together for the faith. I love that Christianity is not something that we do by
ourselves, but rather Paul is using this term. The first word is he says stand like a soldier. And
then he says strive like you’re on a basketball team trying to win the championship. He says
strive together. Struggle along with someone as a team of athletes struggling against the
opposition to win the victory.

And it’s amazing in the book of Philippians I was thinking about this, uh, this afternoon.
Thinking about this portion of Scripture that the book of Philippians is really about unity, and I
was thinking just when he used this term about athletics striving together trying to win the
prize, trying to win the Super Bowl.

It’s funny that if you don’t have an objective, you don’t have unity. It’s almost like if the church
doesn’t know what the church is there for, and they try to make unity, it doesn’t work. And Paul
is saying to this church in Philippi and the reason why I think that this is something that he’s
stressing, look in Philippians 4. There’s two women that will eternally go down in the eternal canon of
Scripture of fighting in the church in Philippi. The poor ladies he says in vs. 2. These two women
he says entreat them. To entreat these ladies to agree in the Lord. These two women there
were striving. There was infighting.

Let me just say this. In a church, if we lose the main point of what the church is, guess what’s
going to happen? It’s going to be based upon people’s preferences. It’s all going to be based
upon people’s own selfish ambition. It’s all going to be based upon what people like and what
they don’t like. But you know like in a locker room, when there’s a team who’s in the AFC
Championship and they’re about on the precipice of the Super Bowl and there’s two Prema
donna receivers in the corner fighting with each other, know what the coach is going to say?
Would you guys get over yourself. We got something much bigger to deal with.

And when churches start to lose the fact that their mission is preaching the gospel and reaching
people with the message of the gospel and it’s teaching the brethren about who they are in
Christ, when they miss that they start complaining about the paint color, the singers, the
preachers, and all of the above. And Paul saying no. You have unity of mind with one spirit with
one mind striving together athletically for the victory which is the expansion of the kingdom of
God. And that’s why this church is healthy.

I read a statistic the other day that it says when a church is first planted, in the first ten years to
gain a member in the church it takes one person. It’s a one to one ratio. But after 50 years, you
know how many people it takes to get one new person into the door? It takes 89 people. I’m
not saying this church is like that whatsoever because our vision is this to reach the lost with
the message.

I’m just saying it’s human nature in churches when you look at those seven churches in the
book of Revelation, they miss the main point. They started to think that they were the
spectacular, the Ephesians. That they were wealthy. They were wise. They had all the doctrine.
They had all the understanding. They could quote Scripture. They could speak Hebrew and
Greek. They could do it all, but they missed the main point. And the church in Corinth missed
the main point, so it became a party spirit. I’m of this guy. I’m of that guy. I’m of this guy. I’m of
that guy.

But when we don’t have that focus and we have this one focus that the church is only here for
this one reason to reach the lost and to sanctify the saints, guess what happens with the
church? Hey! Shut up with those stupid little things. We got a bigger thing. We got a bigger
game that we’re going after. And that’s what Paul is saying to the church in Philippi. Stop your
infighting. Stop these two women complaining. You’re getting bored. You know the most boring
Christian is the one who doesn’t apply what he’s taught.

I was sitting right there and Dr. Stevens in 1998 when I was a young, little kid said that. And I go,
wow! That’s – I was 16 years old, and I go, that’s true. When I start living a church of kind of a
political church life, guess what happens? It’s all about me. And Paul’s saying no guys. You’re on
a team. You’re the defensive lineman. You’re the linebacker. You’re the safety. You’re the
holder. You’re the kicker. We’re all in the same team. And we’re all fighting the same battle.
And it’s the gospel expansion and you’ve all been gifted by Christ himself, a spiritual gift to edify
the Body. So, the Body will be edified and strengthened so the Body can move into the world
and preach the Gospel. Isn’t that fun? That is fun.

So, look just the last couple verses. Philippians. 1, just go back there. I love that word he uses. A
soldier. And then he uses the athlete. And that’s what this church is and we’re continuing by
God’s grace in that same idea that we are reaching the world with the lost. Praise the Lord.
He says this, striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel. Do you see that? The church is
healthy when you’re striving side by side for the expansion of the gospel.

That’s where the fun is anyways, right? Vs. 28. The paint colors, the programs. Who cares? It’s not about that. It’s
about the gospel. Vs. 28. They had opponents there. Paul if you look at the book of Acts, Acts
16, when he was in Philippi, he had opponents. Do you remember there was a girl that came to
him that was filled with a demon and she was behind Paul every single day saying listen to
these men. They are speaking and preaching from the living God. Remember Paul got kind of annoyed. I think even Luke puts that in there like Paul got annoyed.

Stop it. He realized it was a demon possessed woman. So, he cast the demon out and guess what the owner of that girl
who used her as a fortune teller lost his business. So guess what happened? Paul had a problem
on his hands because he was ruining another company like he did in Ephesus. So, when you
touch the money, you got problems and when you have people in a culture that are Roman
citizens and that are allegiant to Caesar, and they start to become allegiant to a Jewish Messiah,
you have problems on your hands.

So, Paul experienced that in Philippi. He knew also that those same people that gave him
problems were still in Philippi giving the church problems, so what does he say? Don’t be
frightened by them. You know what he’s basically saying? It’s a good think I remember.
I remember my dad said, I don’t know, a few months ago. He goes, man. Things are too good
around here. I’m starting to worry a little bit. What is he saying? If you’re doing the will of God,
you’re going to have a fight on your hands. You’re going to have issues on your hands. It’s not
that we’re looking for a fight. It’s that when you speak truth, truth stirs up the muck of sin and
evil and you have a fight on your hands, and you have opponents.

If you’re in a family and you stand for Christian values, you’re living according to the fact that you’re a citizen of heaven. You speak as though you’re a citizen of heaven. You have integrity. Guess what might happen in
your family? You might have opponents. You’re not looking for it but it’s just there.
Jesus said I came not to bring people together, but I brought a sword cuz that’s what truth
does. People are believing 2 plus 2 equals 5. And you come along and speak truth and say it’s
four. You’re not doing it to cause a fight. You’re just speaking truth. What am I? A liar? Yeah.
You’re a liar. It equals four. And I have courage to be able to tell you it equals four. And so Paul
is saying in vs. 28 don’t be frightened by your opponents.

Look at what he says. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation. What is he saying? When you have opponents, that means you’re speaking truth. If you’re speaking truth, you are speaking from
the truth giver. Therefore, you are a child of God. If you have problems because of preaching
the gospel and speaking truth, that is for you a good thing because it’s evidence of your
salvation.

Vs. 29. Look at this. It has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only
believe in him but also suffer for his sake. He is encouraging them. Look at what he says in vs.
29. Now that would be a hard message for a prosperity preacher, wouldn’t it? To try to explain
that verse. He says it’s been granted you by his grace to be saved and also by his grace it’s been
granted to you to suffer for his sake. That really is amazing reality.

Why is that? Because Christ suffered. He says if you follow me, you shall also suffer. Paul says in
Philippians 3. That I suffer for the sake of Christ. That it’s a part of the plan of God in vs. 30. Engage in
the same conflict that you saw I had, and now hear that I still have. Vs. 30. Engage in the same

conflict. What is the same conflict? Acts 16, the suffering that the Apostle Paul received where
he was thrown into prison. He tells the church you remember that suffering that I incurred
when I was thrown in prison and me and Silas were in prison singing the song and the
earthquake happened and the doors opened, and the Philippian jailor was saved. Do you
remember what led up to that? All the suffering that we received. The beatings that we
received. All of that. Do you know that well that might happen to you as well but be of good
cheer.

God has ordained by his grace that you would suffer for his name’s sake.
Do you see how he’s trying to explain to them don’t back down. Do not give in. Do not be
pushed out of your position. But rather be joined arm in arm with the same mind and the same
spirit standing firm because we have a mission and that mission is to bring the gospel to a lost
and dying world where Jesus said that in the days of Noah, it will be that way. In my second
coming that people will be going along thinking that the days are always going to be the same
as they’ve always been. But Jesus said just be on alert. And don’t get pushed to and fro thinking
that you’re a citizen of this earth, but rather in Hebrews 11, you’re just a sojourner. You’re a
pilgrim. You’re walking through this, and I love it that Paul says that I rather depart and be with
Christ.

You know what the word “depart” means? It means to take your tent up and move on to
another country. It means to take a ship that is docked and place it into the sea. He says you are
living in a tent. Your boat is docked. But one day you’ll take that tent up and you’ll move to a
heavenly city, or you’re take that boat, and you’ll place it into those celestial waters, and you’ll
realize what you’ve been created for.

But until then Philippians, stand firm strengthening each other with one mind and one spirit,
striving arm in arm against the opponents of darkness and the life but stand for truth and if you
do, you’ll have suffering but be of good cheer. I have ordained it by my grace that you will
suffer for my name’s sake. And you’ll do it gladly, so that you will glorify your heavenly Father.
And you will say like Paul said my life is nothing compared to gaining Christ. He’s saying
Philippians be encouraged and for us church, we can be pushed.

You can think what am I doing in life? Where am I going? Look at your passport. Look at your
papers. Look at what you’ve been born into. Reflect on that. And Paul says if you do, you will
stand firm because you know you have the rights to do it. Amen. Amen. (Prayer). Doug Jansen
said years ago – just get this – Doug Jansen said this. It was so the Holy Spirit. It was so good. He
said when you’re in the shower in the morning with a hot shower, the mirror fogs up and it’s all
fogging and you can’t see yourself to brush your teeth. He says you just wipe it really quick so
you get just a little glimpse to be able to get in there and brush your teeth. And he said it’s the
same as Christians that we look through a glass that is very dimly lit. But the Holy Spirit will
wipe away the fog so you can see who you are and who you belong to. (Prayer).

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