Week 47   Day 1

 

Philippians is one of the letters Paul wrote

            while imprisoned in Rome for two years 

he did not know

            whether he would be sentenced to death

            or set  free

yet this letter is referred to as the epistle of joy

 

Paul remembered with joy 

            prayed with joy 

            wrote letters with joy

            pictured the future with joy 

he looked at his situation and decided

            he would rejoice

            and write about good reasons to be joyful.

 

 

Paul built a formula for peace (absence from conflict)

Step 1 - Ask someone to serve as a mediator

Step 2 - Remember past times when things were going well

Step 3 - Decide to rejoice in God even though there's no joy in

                     present circumstances

Step 4 - Be gentle

Step 5 - Remember God's coming is near; therefore time is

                     valuable and precious

Step 6 - Don't worry; pray in detail

Step 7 - Rest your mind in Jesus; trust him

Step 8 - Be positive.  Fix your mind on what is true, honorable,

                      just, pure, lovely, and admirable

Step 9 - Practice what you know to be true and right

 

 

Fight the enemy; submit to each other 

            (people often get that reversed)

Remember that the enemy is Satan

            and the evil which is in the world.

 

 

 

                                             HUMILITY

                  The downward journey leads upward.

                                      Philippians 1 & 2

 

    1Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the

saints who are in Philippi.  3 I thank my God upon every

remembrance of you, 4always in every prayer of mine making

request for you all with joy.  8God is my witness, how greatly

I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

     27Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, that

whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear you

stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together, 28and

not in any way terrified by your adversaries.

    1 If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love,

if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2fulfill

my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one

accord.  3Let nothing be done through selfish ambition, but in

lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 

4Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but

also for the interests of others.

    5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to

be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking

the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 

8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself

and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. 

9Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the

name which is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow, of those in heaven and those on

earth, and those under the earth, 11and every tongue should

confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    12Therefore, my beloved, you have always obeyed, in my

presence and much more in my absence, 13for it is God who

works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

    14Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15that

you may become blameless, children of God without fault in the

midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you

shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast the word of life, so

I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not labored in vain.

    19 I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you, that I  may

be encouraged when I know your state.  22You know his proven

character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the

gospel.  I hope to send him as soon as I see how it goes with me. 

24 I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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