SECRET 4
November 15

Getting Your 2nd Wind

THE APOSTLE PAUL HAD A ROUGH 2ND MILE.

          SHIPWRECKED, BEATEN, FORSAKEN BY SOME KEY WORKERS, FALSLY ARRESTED AND IMPRISONED,  LOST EVERYTHING…

 

AMAZINGLY, PAUL WRITES LETTERS DURING THIS TIME THAT REFLECT THAT ENERGY, STRENGTH AND JOY OF THE 2ND WIND.

 

Philippians 1:1-30 
1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will:
16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me. 

 

PAUL IS NOT DOWN IN THE DUMPS…. WHINING AND COMPLAINING…

HE’S GOT HIS 2ND WIND…. FROM THE GOSPEL

SIMPLY PUT, THE GOSPEL OF JESUS IS THE STORY OF THE BIRTH, LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS.

THE GOSPEL CAN BREATH NEW LIFE INTO YOU TODAY.

1.  THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE GOSPEL   VER. 5

Philippians 1:5  for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 

 

IT’S WONDERFUL TO ATTEND CHURCH, TO EXPERIENCE THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND HEAR HIS WORD.

BUT THERE’S ANOTHER REASON WE ATTEND: FELLOWSHIP.

 

Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 

WE WERE NOT CALLED TO LIVE “LONE RANGER” LIVES.

WE ARE CALLED TO COMMUNITY.

TO HELP, PRAY FOR AND ENCOURAGE THOSE IN OUR SPIRITUAL FAMILY.

YOU’LL FIND YOUR SECOND WIND WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU’RE NOT IT IN ALONE.

John 15:5  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 

BEING INCLUDED IN GOD’S FAMILY IS THE HIGHEST HONOR AND THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE YOU WILL EVER RECEIVE.

THE BEST USE OF YOUR LIFE IS LOVE. LOVE WILL LAST FOREVER.

YOU KNOW HOW YOU SPELL LOVE?   T I M E    

THE ESSENCE OF LOVE IS HOW MUCH WE GIVE OF OURSELVES.

JESUS GAVE ALL…

2.  THE DEFENSE AND CONFIRMATION OF THE GOSPEL     VER. 7

Philippians 1:7  just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 

CHRISTIANITY IS UNDER ATTACK TODAY.

NEED YOUR 2ND WIND?   JOIN US AS WE DEFEND THE NAME OF CHRIST

DEFEND THE SALVATION OF CHRIST.

IT’S WORK AND A STRUGGLE SOMETIMES BUT… IT WILL HELP IN BRINGING YOU YOUR 2ND WIND.

 

3.  THE FURTHERANCE OF THE GOSPEL    VER. 12

JUST BEFORE JESUS LEFT FOR HEAVEN…

Mark 13:10  And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 

PAUL KNEW THAT THE WAY TO A JOY FILLED AND ABUNDANT LIFE WAS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FURTHERANCE OF THE GOSPEL.

HE HAD STATUS, MONEY, FAME, POSITION… BUT HIS LIFE BEGAN WHEN HE GAVE IT ALL UP AND FOLLOWED CHRIST.

 

Philippians 1:12-18 
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will:
16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. 

AT FREEWAY, EVERYTHING WE DO IS MISSIONAL… WHERE PEOPLE CAN GET SAVED.

THE BUILDINGS WE HAVE BUILT AND PAID FOR, WERE NOT BUILT AND PAID FOR JUST FOR US.

THEY WERE BUILT AND PAID FOR FOR EVERY LOST AND DYING SOUL THAT THEY WOULD ENCOUNTER.

WHEN WE INVOLVE OURSELVES INTENTIONALLY IN THE FURTHERANCE OF THE GOSPEL, WE MOVE AWAY FROM A “ME” MENTALITY.

“ME” ONLY MENTALITY BRINGS MISERY, HURT FEELINGS AND SELF ABSORPTION. 

SERVING OTHERS BRINGS HAPPINESS AND JOY.

THIS IS THE CONDUCT OF THE GOSPEL MENTIONED IN  VER. 27

4.  THE FAITH OF THE GOSPEL    VER. 27

Philippians 1:27 
27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 

ONCE THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE GOSPEL AND THE FURTHERANCE OF THE GOSPEL HAVE BECOME PART OF OUR LIVES, WE REALIZE WE ARE NOT RUNNING OUR RACE ALONE.

WE ARE NOT ISOLATED FOR THE CHALLENGES WE FACE.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 

CONCLUSION:

IT’S 2020… WE ALL NEED A 2nd WIND!

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