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  • 8.17.20

    love for the church

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 1:1-8 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, 4 always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 Indeed, it is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how deeply I miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

     

    REFLECTION:

    In this passage Paul expresses his affection and gratitude for the church in Philippi. The church is a beautiful reflection of God’s grace. It is a place where we can experience God’s love through His people. As Christians, we should have a deep love for the church, and for the people that make up our spiritual family. Paul understands this in a deeply personal way. The church is not just a place to gather on a Sunday. It is not just a place where you can have your needs and preferences met. It is a place where you can love and serve others the way Jesus has loved and served you. 


    APPLICATION:

    What does the church mean to you? Is it a place primarily to have your needs met, or is a place where you can love and serve your spiritual family?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank God for the gift of His church. Ask God to grow your love for His church.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to grow our love for one another as a church family.

  • 8.18.20

    spiritual growth

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 1:9-11 And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are superior and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.


    REFLECTION:

    After Paul expresses his affection for this church, he then prays for them. His prayer is that their love would grow. He goes one to point out that as their love grows they will also grow in knowledge, discernment, holiness, and that they would produce spiritual fruit. I am reminded of Jesus teaching that the greatest commandment is to love God and then to love people. He taught that these two commandments are the foundation of all other Christian living. We must grow in our love for God and for people in order to truly grow spiritually.


    APPLICATION:

    How are you doing when it comes to loving God and others? Do you view these two commandments as foundation to your spiritual growth?

     

    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Confess any areas where you are not loving as you should and ask God to help you grow in your love for Him and others.

     

    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to help our church grow in our love for Him and others.

  • 8.19.20

    recognizing God's purpose

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 1:12-18 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually advanced the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard, and to everyone else, that my imprisonment is because I am in Christ. 14 Most of the brothers have gained confidence in the Lord from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the word[d] fearlessly. 15 To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will. 16 These preach out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the others proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, thinking that they will cause me trouble in my imprisonment. 18 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice

     

    REFLECTION:

    Paul is writing his letter to the Philippians during his imprisonment in Rome. However, Paul does not allow this difficulty in his life to take him off mission. In fact he views this difficulty as a new opportunity to see the Gospel proclaimed by him and by others. He even tells us that there are some who are taking advantage of the difficulty he is facing to promote their own agenda, but he is once again unphased so long as the Gospel is being preached. Wow! What incredible faith. I don’t know about you, but I could certainly grow in this area.

     

    APPLICATION:

    Do you view the difficult seasons of your life as opportunities for God to get glory and for the Gospel to be proclaimed?

    Are there any specific difficulties you are facing right now?

     

    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to help you see the difficult seasons of life as an opportunity to further the Gospel and God’s glory.

     

    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to receive glory and to make His glory known in the life of our church, even in this difficult season. 

  • 8.20.20

    god's provision

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 1:19-26 because I know this will lead to my salvation through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 20 My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all courage, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don’t know which one I should choose. 23 I am torn between the two. I long to depart and be with Christ—which is far better— 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that, because of my coming to you again, your boasting in Christ Jesus may abound.


    REFLECTION:

    As Paul reflects on the difficulty he is enduring, he expresses gratitude for the prayers of the church in Philippi. He also expresses an eternal perspective. He knows that the difficulty he is enduring now does not compare to the future promise of heaven and eternity with Christ. His desire is that as long as he is alive here on earth he will serve Christ well. With all that this world has to offer us, it is difficult to be able to say as Paul did, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”


    APPLICATION:

    How are you doing with your eternal perspective? Do you see your life here on earth as an opportunity to serve Christ?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank God for the promise of Heaven. Ask God to grow your eternal perspective.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to help us as a church proclaim the truth of eternity and the reality of Heaven and Hell.

  • 8.21.20

    a worthy life

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 1:27-30 Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, in one accord, contending together for the faith of the gospel, 28 not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your salvation—and this is from God. 29 For it has been granted to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are engaged in the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I have.


    REFLECTION:

    Paul uses the phrase, “Just one thing,” to open this passage. This is to emphasize the importance of what he is going to say. In other words, “If you only get one thing, get this.” He then goes on to describe a life that is worthy of the Gospel. Of course none of us are worthy on our own, but we have been made worthy because of Jesus' death and resurrection. In response to this incredible gift we are called to live in unity, cooperation, and courage. We are also called to suffer and struggle for the Gospel. Paul’s use of this language points to mission. We must live for the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


    APPLICATION: 

    Are you living on-mission for the Gospel? What are areas of your life that you could be more focused on the mission?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to help you to stay focused on the mission of the Gospel.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to help us as a church to operate in unity, cooperation, and courage as we seek to fulfill His mission for us.

  • 8.22.20

    putting others first

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 2:1-4 If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.


    REFLECTION:

    Paul starts this passage with a rhetorical statement about the love Christ and the presence of the Spirit in our lives. He wants his readers to reflect on the love and presence of God as he challenges them to live in unity and sacrificial love for one another. His call to live a life of unselfish humility is quite radical in our consumeristic, self-love culture. This is even true in our churches. Jesus taught us that in His Kingdom the last would be first and the first would be last. He also taught us that He came to serve not to be served. In the next verses Paul will illustrate the truth of the selfless love Christ demonstrated for us. 


    APPLICATION:

    Take a moment to reflect on the love of Christ. Are you seeking to live your life in the same sacrificial, unselfish way Jesus did?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to help you to grow in humility and unselfishness.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to help us to be a church that considers others more important than ourselves.

  • 8.23.20

    christ's humility & exaltation

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 2:5-11 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— in heaven and on earth and under the earth— 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


    REFLECTION:

    We are going to spend two days on this incredible passage. The way this is written leads biblical scholars to conclude it was an early hymn or creed of the church. It is so full of truth and doctrine. It teaches us that Jesus was God from the beginning of time, and that He existed in the glory of Heaven before coming to be born into humanity. He came to serve and ultimately to die on a cross. However, God exalted Him by raising Him from the dead and He now rules in Heaven and will one day rule on earth where all will confess that He is King and Lord. This is our Savior!


    APPLICATION:

    Reflect on the life of Christ and on His glory as our King and Savior.


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank God for sending Jesus to be our Savior. Ask God to help you glorify Jesus with your words and life.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to help us as a church to proclaim the truth of this passage and to glorify Christ in all we do.

  • 8.24.20

    living like christ

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 2:5-11 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— in heaven and on earth and under the earth— 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


    REFLECTION: We are going to look at the same passage we read yesterday. Today we are going to focus on Paul’s instruction at the beginning of the passage. He calls us to “Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.” Jesus laid aside the glory of heaven to come as a servant. Therefore, we are called to lay aside our own rights and privileges for the sake of others. Jesus was obedient to the Father to the point of death. Therefore, we are called to live a life of radical obedience. As a result of His sacrificial death, God has glorified the name of Jesus. Therefore, we are called to live our life to bring glory to Jesus.


    APPLICATION: 

    What would it look like if believers all over the world lived their lives that way? How would it change the way we accomplish the mission of the Gospel?


    PERSONAL PRAYER

    Ask God to help, “Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.”


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to grow this attitude in our entire church body for the Glory of Christ. 

  • 8.25.20

    lights in the world

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 2:12-18 Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, 16 by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.


    REFLECTION: The gospel proclaims that we were dead in our sins, but God has made us alive with Christ. Salvation by grace through faith! Paul makes it clear that God is the one who works in us, for his glory and good pleasure, and we must continue to obey. This kind of supernatural obedience takes daily submission to God, adopting the same humble attitude as Christ, doing everything without grumbling. When we live like this, a life worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we SHINE as lights in the world.


    APPLICATION:

    Are you submitting to God’s will every day? What would it look like if all believers were shining like lights today?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to produce Christ-like humility and obedience in your heart today. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to work in our church today, both to will and to work according to his good purpose.

  • 8.26.20

    encouraging others in the faith

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 2:19-30 Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I too may be encouraged by news about you. 20 For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests; 21 all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father. 23 Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 I am confident in the Lord that I myself will also come soon. 25 But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus—my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need— 26 since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick. 27 Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 For this reason, I am very eager to send him so that you may rejoice again when you see him and I may be less anxious. 29 Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with great joy and hold people like him in honor, 30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up what was lacking in your ministry to me.


    REFLECTION: Paul speaks with such admiration when it comes to his fellow workers in proclaiming the Gospel. From Timothy to Epaphroditus, Paul’s goal is to see others take up the banner of Christ that the church may continue to grow. His heart is that they would be received and encouraged by the body of believers even in Paul’s absence. Paul has great trust in the Lord to bring unity among believers for the sake of advancing the Gospel. Like Epaphroditus, the Christian life may even come as risk to your life. 


    APPLICATION: How are you welcoming other believers and encouraging them to remain strong in the faith today? Look for at least one believer to encourage today. 

    PERSONAL PRAYER: Ask God to help develop a genuine love for other believers and a heart to share the Gospel. 

    CORPORATE PRAYER: Ask God to use our church as an encouragement to our community, putting the needs of others first. 
  • 8.27.20

    rejoice in the lord

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 3:1 In addition, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a safeguard for you.


    REFLECTION:

    Rejoice in the Lord! Paul has already given this simple instruction in the previous chapter. He will repeat himself yet again in the next chapter. Evidently our rejoicing in Christ is really important to Paul. When Paul says it is, “no trouble,” to repeat himself, he reminds me of a parent in a standoff with their child who says, “I can keep this up all day.” The reason it is so important to Paul is because rejoicing brings safety to God’s children. It seems too simple, but that is often how the Lord works. When we rejoice in who He is and what He has done for us, we are no longer controlled by the challenges of life. Rejoice in the Lord today!


    APPLICATION:

    Are you consistently rejoicing in the Lord?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to forgive any areas where you are complaining rather than rejoicing, and to help you to rejoice in Him.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to make us a people who live to rejoice in Him!

  • 8.28.20

    christ our confidence and greatest treasure

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 3:2-7 Watch out for the dogs, watch out for the evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh— 4 although I have reasons for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee; 6 regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless. 7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 


    REFLECTION:

    Paul was a Jew of Jews and a Hebrew of Hebrews, but as he began to reflect on the gift of having Christ as Savior everything else seemed to fall way short in comparison. Oftentimes we place our confidence in things of this world such as our degrees, careers, accolades,and the list can go on and on, but once you encounter Jesus on your road to Damascus everything changes. Everything you onced valued and placed your confidence in should seem fleeting and meaningless in light of eternity. Paul challenges us to look to Christ as our confidence, our treasure and our greatest gain in life and in death. 


    APPLICATION:

    Where are you placing your confidence? Is Christ your greatest treasure? 


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to root your confidence wholly in the person and work of Jesus. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to fill our Church with fully devoted followers of Christ who place their confidence in God’s Word and delight in treasuring our Lord and Savior. 

  • 8.29.20

    gaining christ

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 3:8-11 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ —the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.


    REFLECTION:

    Paul sets the highest value on knowing Jesus and gaining him. The eternal reward is so priceless that all loss, all suffering, all hardship is completely overlooked. Charles Spurgeon puts it this way:

    “The Savior held the same place in Paul’s esteem as the crown did in the esteem of the runner at the Olympic games. To gain that crown, the competitor strained every nerve and sinew, feeling as though he were content to drop down dead at the goal in order to win it.” 


    APPLICATION:

    Do you consider all things loss compared to knowing Jesus as Lord? Is it your goal to gain him no matter the cost?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask the Holy Spirit to stir your affections for Jesus and to grow your desire for him today.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to unify our church around this goal of knowing and gaining Christ Jesus.

  • 8.30.20

    fully accepted in christ

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 3:12-17 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. 16 In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained. 17 Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us.


    REFLECTION:

    In verse 17, Paul calls the reader to imitate him in his walk with Christ? What defines Paul’s walk from what we see in this passage? The truth that Paul’s righteousness does not come from his own works but through Christ alone. Not only that but his motivation for Gospel work comes from the truth that “Christ Jesus has made me his own.” He does not work FOR acceptance but instead works FROM the acceptance He has already found in the finished work of Christ. 


    APPLICATION:

    Are you working to earn God’s favor or resting that you are accepted by God through faith alone? How can you “press on toward the goal” with this in mind?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God for a deep reminder of your spiritual adoption into God’s family. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to give our church unified pursuits while being rooted in the finished work of Christ. 

  • 8.31.20

    broken hearts for the lost

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 3:18-21 For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame; and they are focused on earthly things. 20 Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself.


    REFLECTION:

    Paul pours out his heart in today’s reading. He writes with tears in his eyes that many are living as enemies of the cross. As you think about your lost friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers does the thought bring you to tears? The reality of heaven reminds us that there is a real hell that exists. The more we begin to shift our gaze towards our citizenship in heaven, the more the Holy Spirit will work in our hearts the zeal and burning desire to go and preach to those who are perishing without Christ.


    APPLICATION:

    Who are the people in your life that are lost and in need of Jesus? Have you prayed for them? Have you shared the Gospel with them? If not, why?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask the Holy Spirit to break your heart for the lost, broken and hopeless in your life, so that you might have the boldness to share the Gospel with them. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to break the hearts of our pastors, leaders and congregation for those who are lost and in need of Jesus in our community. 

  • 9.1.20

    standing together for the gospel

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 4:1-3 So then, my dearly loved and longed for brothers and sisters, my joy and crown, in this manner stand firm in the Lord, dear friends. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I also ask you, true partner,[a] to help these women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the book of life. 


    REFLECTION:

    Paul does not reveal to us the source of the tension between Euodia and Syntyche, but he encourages them to agree IN THE LORD. Back on day 6, we read Paul’s desire that the church would “think the same way, have the same love, be united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Our church is full of people from different backgrounds, ages, races, and cultures. But we are united under the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to resolve our differences, to forgive one another, to count others as more significant for the sake of the Gospel. Sometimes this gets messy, and as this passage says we may need a true partner to mediate. We must stand firm in the Lord, stand together for the Gospel.


    APPLICATION:

    Is there a relationship in your life that needs reconciliation? Have you wronged someone and need to ask their forgiveness? Has someone wronged you that you need to forgive?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask the Holy Spirit to make you quick to forgive and prefer others.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Lord help our church set aside our differences and stand together for the sake of the Gospel. 

  • 9.2.20

    the supernatural peace of god

    SCRIPTURE READING:  Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


    REFLECTION: We are living in a world traumatized by anxiousness and fear. The Gospel offers a response to this, as Paul explains, through the supernatural peace found in Christ alone. How can we find this peace each day? First Paul makes clear twice that the praise from our lips to God, or our rejoicing leads the charge of authentic Christian faith. Even when you don’t feel like it, rejoice all the while. Also, keep asking God for greater faith, letting “your requests be made known” for He is a good Father giving good gifts to His children. 


    APPLICATION:

    Take a step today to not live in fear or anxiety, but embrace the peace of God by choosing to rejoice in His goodness. 


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God for reminders of His faithfulness in your life that you may respond with prayers of thanksgiving. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Pray for our church, community, and world as we face a difficult season of anxiety. Pray that God’s peace would expand across the whole world.

  • 9.3.20

    dwell on these things

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 4:8-9 Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things. 9 Do what you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.


    REFLECTION:

    There is so much going on in our world! These two verses are a great reminder of where our mind must run to on a daily basis. We must run to whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is lovely, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy. Not only should our mind shift to these things, but our mind must find it’s solace there. The Lord promises His children perfect peace, if our mind is stayed on Him. Let us find daily peace as we fix our minds on things above, “where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”(Colossians 3:1)


    APPLICATION:

    Are you taking time out of your day to saturate your mind with prayer and God’s Word? 


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Lord Jesus, help my mind to be stayed on you. Help me to set my mind on things above where you are seated and reigning, and not on the things that are happening in our world. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to help our Church by the Power of the Holy Spirit to saturate our minds and lives with the Word of God and prayer.

  • 9.4.20

    the secret of being content

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 4:10-13 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly because once again you renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me but lacked the opportunity to show it. 11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. 12 I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. 13 I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.


    REFLECTION:

    Paul begins this passage by thanking the Philippians for not only expressing care for him, but also for financially supporting him and the ministry. Many churches were not so gracious and Paul found himself in seasons where he lacked resources. Paul reveals that he knows the secret to being content with whatever he has, and that secret is supernatural strength and contentment from our Father. If God has called you to do something, then God will provide what you need to accomplish it. No matter what hurdles, or suffering or persecution comes, God provides the divine grace to bear it. God is faithful!


    APPLICATION:

    Are you seeking contentment and happiness from material things? What do you already have that you should thank God for?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank God for all the good gifts he has blessed you with. Ask the Holy Spirit to produce supernatural contentment and generosity within you.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    God, help our church to be open handed with the resources you have blessed us with. Lord give us hearts that are satisfied in you alone. 

  • 9.5.20

    the generosity of god

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 4:14-19 Still, you did well by partnering with me in my hardship. 15 And you Philippians know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent gifts for my need several times. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that is increasing to your account. 18 But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.


    REFLECTION:

    Paul expresses his thankfulness to the Philippian church for their generosity throughout Paul’s ministry. Even when other churches did not partner with Him, the Philippian church made sure Paul’s needs were met. Paul’s prayer is that the needs of their church community would also be met, not as a direct result of their giving, but “according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” We are called as believers to have generous hearts of giving, but ultimately trust in the great mercy of God to supply all our needs. He knows our needs and cares for us more than the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. 


    APPLICATION:

    What are ways you can live out generosity towards others today?


    PERSONAL PRAYER: 

    Ask God to give you a heart for generous living and to supply all of your needs according to the riches of Christ. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to make our church a generous church that partners with those who are taking the Gospel throughout the whole world. 

  • 9.6.20

    press on with the gospel

    SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 4:20-23 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you greetings. 22 All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


    REFLECTION:

    As Paul sends his final greeting he slips in something very encouraging to the Church at Philippi and all the saints who will read this letter, namely verse 22 “All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” Paul reminds the Church to press on with the Gospel! Don’t give up, don’t give in, God has the power to save in the most unusual circumstances, and His hand is so powerful that He can save the most vile of sinners! Praise be to our God! As we end our 21 days of prayer, may the Lord root your joy in Him, and give you a greater urgency to press on with the Gospel. 


    APPLICATION:

    How have these 21 days of prayer shifted your prayer life and time with God? What was your greatest takeaway? 


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Jesus, give me a heart of prayer. Help me to be bold in my witness for you, and remind me daily that only what I do for Christ will last. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    God, help our Church be a Church that is devoted to fervent prayer and a Church that is committed to the great commission.

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