Today’s thoughts comes from the Book of Philippians. This book is about The Attitude, Knowledge and Peace of Christ who resides in the believer.
One of the most assuring and beautiful promises in the Bible is taken from this book in Philippians.
Again, make it personal by replacing your own name in the brackets, replacing my name with yours.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT) “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within (Paul), will continue his work (within – (Paul) until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. It’s good to know that God will keep on helping us until His task within us is finally finished – “on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
How exciting to know that God is with us and the Holy Spirit in us guiding and directing us along life’s path.
Philippians 1:9 (NLT) I pray that your (Paul’s) love will overflow more and more, and that you (Paul) will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.
As Paul and Timothy were praying for the pastors and deacons, back in their day, they were also praying for you and me. Yes, God’s Word says the same for us today…“that (Paul’s) love will overflow more and more, and that (Paul) will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.”
As we can see in the scripture above, Christianity is not just getting “saved” and then sitting down on the “saved” side of the fence and see how close we can keep there so we can continue to “nibble” in sin.
Christianity is a constant growing process, growing in spiritual knowledge and insight with a desire to overflow more and more with love for others.
Philippians 2:5 – 13 (NLT) (Paul) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, (vs10) that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (vs11) and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (vs12) Dear friends, you (Paul) always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. (vs13) For God is working in you (Paul), giving (Paul) the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Vs 10 and 11 reminds us, that ALL will bow before Jesus Christ… even those who feel they don’t need God because of their own capabilities and those so involved in sin they don’t even have time to think about God, and care less about Him because they don’t believe He exists.
Isn’t it good to know that we serve a God who is ALL powerful and wins the final battle…yes, not just some but “EVERY knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”
The thirteenth verse is so assuring to me… Personilized – (vs13) For God is working in (Paul), giving (Paul) the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Without the “want” to obey we can never obey God. God wants (Paul) us to obey Him and He is helping (Paul) us to “want” to do so, as the scripture states.
God is wanting, desiring (Paul) to obey. (Paul) has a want to, a desire to obey. God’s favor is with (Paul) because he obeys!
As always, love in Christ Jesus,