Oct. 23 – (Phil. 4:1) This is one verse and yet there is so much to ponder. How do we “love” and “long for” our brothers and sisters? What about those “brothers and sisters” with which we are at odds? What are you standing firm on? How are you standing firm? Someone once said that waiting on the Lord is not a sedentary thing. I would say “standing firm” is a busy activity as well!
Oct. 24 – (Phil. 4:2-3) There are so many key verses here to “live by”! Paul makes a special appeal to 2 women who are in conflict. Has this ever happened to you or someone you know and love? How was it handled in a positive and healing manner?
Oct. 25 – (Phil. 4:4-7) There are several passages in here that we need to breathe daily (even moment by moment). Verse 4 reminds me of a very old chorus we used to sing. “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice….” Oh, the power of music! It either encourages us in the Lord or in the flesh (you know Lucifer was the head of worship before he fell…. right?) Choose a song to sing through this day that will bring you joy and put God back in control over all your thoughts today. I dare you!
Oct. 26 – (Phil. 4:8-9) Verse 8 was another of our key verses in the “Loving God with all your Mind” Bible study. Can you imagine what your life would be like if this is all you could think about? I don’t know how many thoughts a person has in a day. Probably millions. Can you imagine taking each of those thoughts captive and examining them? I have a thought….it is true? Is it honorable… just…. pure… lovely… commendable…excellent…worthy of praise? I know it takes discipline but if we practice this a little more every day… then a year from now …. WOW!!!
Oct. 27 – (Phil. 4:10-13) Paul had a wonderfully effective ministry planting churches and mentoring or coaching (today’s lingo) them to grow in Him. I did not realize his public ministry lasted only about 10 years! It makes me stop and think who I have affected in the last 10 years. I think we all should ponder that, and then figure out what God really sees in us and do it. How do we do that? Again, Paul had the answer in verse 13! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Selah!!
Oct. 28 – (Phil. 4:14-20) How had the Philippians turned out to be different from other churches Paul had started (vv. 15-16)? According to Paul, what blessings come from sacrificial giving (vv. 18-19)? We stand on this promise today!
Oct. 29 – (Phil. 4:21-23) There was a lot of “greeting” going on…even Caesar’s household! Paul is encouraging the greetings at the end of the letter. We greet at the beginning. I know there is some significance in all of this but I don’t have a grasp on it yet. Anyone want to do some study?
As we leave Philippians, let’s do a review of the theme of this book – Joy and Rejoicing:
1:4 – Prays with joy.
1:18 – Rejoices that Christ is proclaimed.
1:25 – Will remain living on earth, for the Philippians’ joy in the faith.
2:2 - Asks the Philippians to complete his joy.
2:17-18 – Is glad and rejoices with the Philippians.
2:28 – Sends Epaphroditus, that the Philippians might rejoice.
2:29 - Tells the Philippians to receive Epaphroditus with joy.
3:1 - Tells the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord.
4:1 – Tells the Philippians they are his joy.
4:4 – tells the Philippians twice to rejoice in the Lord.
4:10 - Rejoiced in the Lord at the Philippians’ concern for him.
RE-JOY-CE IN THE LORD! AGAIN I SAY, RE-JOY-CE!!