While our lead Pastor is on sabbatical we are in a series this summer going through the book of Philippians. Philippians is a letter saturated with joy. It provides one of the clearest pictures of the way Jesus lived out joy throughout His life and it encourages us to have the same attitude, or mindset. With that said, we are focusing on four different aspects of our mindsets: the single mindset, the submissive mindset, the spiritual mindset and the secure mindset. Today is our first Sunday talking about the submissive mindset, looking at the example of Jesus and the apostle Paul.

The joy of the submissive mind comes not only from serving others and sharing in Christ’s suffering, but mostly through the truth that we are glorifying God. Our example comes from Jesus, the energy to do this comes from the Holy Spirit, and the result is: true and lasting joy.

Philippians 2:1-4
How do we experience the joy of the submissive mind?
1) Build real humility and service into your life.
So the encouragement we have from Paul in these verses is what? Personal responsibility! Before God, we must be responsible for ourselves – for our humility towards others and our care of others. Each person must choose regardless of what others are saying or doing, to submit to Christ personally and stay humble and demonstrate the example of Christ by putting others first. And we must do this corporately within our church, but also within our homes, within our families and within our marriages. Selfishness will ruin you – it will ruin your family, it will ruin your marriage, and it will most certainly ruin the church. But real humility, that is authentic and genuine, it will build you up – it will build up your family – it will build up your marriage and it will build up the church.

Philippians 2:5-11
How do we experience the joy of the submissive mind?
2) Choose to live out the humility of Jesus Christ daily.
So how do we, every day, choose live out the humility of Jesus Christ? Do we go die on a cross for the sins of the world? No, we can’t do that. We aren’t God. So, what can we do? If we want to experience true and lasting joy, joy found in the submissive mind and if we are dedicated to building humility into our lives then how do we choose to daily live out the attitude of humility found in Jesus Christ? We follow hard after Christ. We lay down our right, to be right and we serve. Verse 7 says he took on the very nature of a servant. So do that, daily. See, Jesus was the best teacher – through Him we see how God thinks and therefore how we should think. Jesus was the best example – through Him we see how we ought to be living daily.

Read Isaiah 53. So similar to Philippians 2:5-11 isn’t it? The Messiah’s strength, His true glory, is shown by humility, suffering and mercy. God works in ways we don’t expect – don’t limit Him and His work in and through your life. Experience the joy of the submissive mind and seek to live out the humility of Jesus Christ daily.

Philippians 2:12-13
How do we experience the joy of the submissive mind?
3) Ask God to change your desires. Ask Him to help you to want to do His will.
Be fueled and powered by the Holy Spirit alone. Apart from God’s example, let only other faithful followers of Christ be your encouragement of holy living. Obey God’s Holy Word – don’t just read it and let it be good head knowledge. Obey it. And, always be looking for ways to serve others. God will change your desire to submit to His will, just ask Him to change your desires – and trust He will.

Philippians 2:14-18
How do we experience the joy of the submissive mind?
4) Believe that God’s promises are true and they are going to work in our lives.
God’s work in and through us will take time. Submitting to His leadership is key. Even when we can’t see what God is doing we must trust in God by faith.The submissive mind leads us to true joy, for it makes us more like Jesus Christ. And, it takes faith to exercise the submissive mind.

Listen to this message online at:  http://www.rwcsac.org/media/sermon-podcasts

Next week we will be looking at Philippians 2:19-30. I want to encourage you to join myself along with others from RWC and daily read through the Scripture that we will be focused on next week. Read it on your own or with your family or a friend. Pray through it and daily ask God to reveal to you His heart within this truth.

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