Today’s Tasting: Paul writes a letter to believers of Philippi thanking them for helping in his hour of need. He uses this time for some instructions on Christian unity describing that real unity and joy are possible only in Christ.
Chapter One – Paul’s affection shows through his prayer of thanksgiving that their “love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment, to prove the things which are excellent, to be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness to the glory and praise of God.” Paul speaks of how his afflictions exalt the Lord, that as always Christ will be magnified in his body whether by life or death. Verse 21 says- “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is to gain.”
Chapter Two – Paul exhorts believers to humility, being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. He said to do all things without murmuring and disputing that you may be blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.
Chapter Three – Paul appeals them to have the mind of Christ, to worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. He exhorts them to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering. He says to forget that which is behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
Chapter Four – Paul talks of how they must live in peace with the brethren, peace with the Lord, and peace in all circumstances. He said rejoice in the Lord, be anxious for nothing, with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. He tells how the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard their hearts and minds through Christ. He says to meditate on the things which are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report, and the God of peace will be with you. Learn to be content, to be humble, that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.
Today’s Nourishment: Stand firm in the Lord; rest in Him (firmly fixed).
I want to encourage us all to walk a walk worthy of the Lord, trusting and believing, standing firm in the peace that surpasses all understanding that will guard our hearts and minds. Always think and meditate on the good things, what’s praiseworthy and of a good report. Verse 9 chapter says that when we do this the God of peace will be with us.
When experiencing life, we can stand firm in the Lord because He has the best interest for us. Resting in Him (firmly fixed) will prove our victory in the plan God has for us. Living with His peace is easy to talk and write about, but it is possible.
- Where is your peace?
- Do you portray peace with the brethren at home, work, school, church, etc.?
- What about peace with God, looking to Him, being anxious for nothing and rejoicing in Him always no matter the circumstance?
May the God of peace be with you all during the Christmas season. Love one another, exhort one another, and live peaceably with one another.
Tomorrows Delight: 1 Timothy
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