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The Assault of Abasement

Philippians 4:10-13
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Stephen Johns

on 10 March 2013

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Transcript of The Assault of Abasement

Philippians 4:10-13 “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.” - Jeremiah Burroughs Satisfied in Christ To be satisfied in Christ is to walk in an intimate awareness of His perfect provision for you; in Himself. Path of Contentment Humble Rest in God's Providence We rest in the providence of God because we know that it is for His glory

Ephesians 1:11 “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” We rest in the providence of God because we know it is for our good

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” We rest in the providence of God because we know it does not threaten His love for us

Romans 5:3-5 “3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” We rest in the providence of God because abasement can take off the lenses of materialism and hedonism

Matthew 6:19-21 “19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Humble Recognition of His Mystery Psalm 131 “1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.” The Assault of Abasement Abasement Abundance Abasement can question the providence of God Abasement can open the door for sinful ambition "God's works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions"

Westminster Shorter Catechism Elimelech Naomi Disciples Elijah Children of Israel Job's Wife “I am master of the situation, I am not mastered by the situation. I am free. I am at liberty. I do not depend for my happiness upon what is happening to me. My life, my happiness, my joy and my experience are independent of the things that are going on about me, and even on the things that may be happening to me.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Jacob Tamar Widows Diotrephes Onesimus Righteous Ambition is sourced in the glory of God and not a quest for personal comfort or happiness Am I sinning to get this? Do I believe this will give lasting joy? How will I respond if I don't get this? Do I equate this with success? Am I investing resources in this that biblically should be invested somewhere else?
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