[CF Devotionals] 2003-07-26 - Philippians

Part 4

  1. The Single Mind - Cont'd.

    1. Cont'd.

      It seems from what we have seen in this study, that at least one source of joy is focus of purpose. Paul's life was committed to serving the Lord and to being His servant. As a result, all circumstances and relationships in his life were perceived in light of his commitment. He found joy in his relationship to God. He found joy in his relationships with the Philippians. Why? Because they were one with him in the body of Christ. This gave unity of spirit and unity of purpose, in the dissemination of the gospel.

      Underlying all this, was confidence that God was in control, and that all He did was for the benefit of believers, for the purpose of strengthening the relationship between Himself and them - and the furthering of the ministry of the gospel.

      As a result of a focus on God, we find that true joy comes from serving the Lord, putting the truth He has given to us into practice in the world around us. As we live for others, we will experience the joy of a commonality of purpose with the Lord and one another.

      True joy then comes from living as God desires us to, and looking forward to the day when we shall meet Him in the air. Nothing in our circumstances can change these truths.

      They'll Know We Are Christians

      We are one in the Spirit,we are one in the Lord,
      We are one in the Spirit,we are one in the Lord,
      And we pray that all unity may one day be restored:

      And they'll know we are christians by our love, by our love,
      Yes, they'll know we are christians by our love, by our love.

      We will walk with each other,we will walk hand in hand,
      We will walk with each other,we will walk hand in hand,
      And together we'll spread the news that God is in our land: 8

      Benediction

      "Now the God of peace,who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be the glory forever and ever." Amen

      ~ Hebrews 13: 20-21

  1. Wiersbe, Warren W., Be Joyful, Victor Books, 1988, pg. 16-17.
  2. Ibid., pg. 11.
  3. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 1980, p. 379.
  4. Guthrie, Donald, New Testament Introduction, Inter-Varsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1968, p. 526.
  5. Larson, Gary N., reviser, The New Unger's Bible Handbook, Moody Press, Chicago, IL, 1966, p. 533.
  6. Martin, Ralph P., Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, "Philippians," William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 1989, p. 58.
  7. Kent, Homer H., The Expositor's Bible Commentary, "Philippians," Zondervan Interactive Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1990, Electronic text hypertexted and prepared by OakTree Software, Inc.
  8. Scholtes, Peter, "They'll Know We Are Christians," The Celebration Hymnal, Word Music, 1997, #429.

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Geoff

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