This message focuses on Philippians 3:10 – 4:1.
I. Godly dissatisfaction is necessary for a better life. Without dissatisfaction, change or improvement are not produced.
Dissatisfaction motivates improvement. In Philippians, Paul reminds us to not stagnate and plateau. Dissatisfaction and contentment go hand in hand and are not in opposition. To produce change, we should be dissatisfied with where we are currently, but content about improvement. Legalistic (Judaizers) are satisfied. They are satisfied by just keeping the law. However, we are not declared righteous by the law. Keeping the laws are not meant to make us feel okay, but rather, the law helps us to see our sin and our need for Jesus. See Romans 3:20.
Antinomians are satisfied. Once they are saved by grace, they believe there’s no need for the law. However, 1 John 2:3-4 states:
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
Have a holy dissatisfaction instead. We are forgiven and under God’s grace; obedience by grace is important. See Romans 6:1-2 & Philippians 2:12.
II. Godly determination is necessary for a better life.
Press on and don’t put on cruise control. See Philippians 3:12, 14.
Faith and obedience go hand in hand. They are “both/and”, not “either/or”. Trust and obey; there’s no other way.
Christ took hold of me so I take hold of Him.
III. Godly direction is necessary for a better life.
If Paul looked at his life in the past, he would have gotten discouraged, but he looked to Christ instead. See Philippians 3:13.
Look forward not backward. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Forget what is behind. Don’t take the past things and bring them forward into your present life, living as if they are powerful and important now. God remembers our sins no more. See Isaiah 43:25. Also, forget about past accomplishments. Strain toward what is ahead. Jesus can take the past events and redeem them.
IV. Godly discipline is necessary for a better life.
We need the right goal. See Philippians 3:14. Choose the heavenly dream vs the American dream. We put too much emphasis on wealth. See Philippians 3:15-16. This leads us to want the giver and not the gift. We choose who we become when we choose who we spend time with. Follow those who choose the right example. See Philippians 3:18-21.
V. Godly destination is necessary for a better life.
Heaven and Jesus should be our focus and not the wisdom of today. 1 Corinthians 13:12 states
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Conclusion – Stand Firm in the Lord. See Philippians 4:1.