[CF Devotionals] 2003-11-16 - Philippians

Part 32

  1. The Spiritual Mind - Cont'd.

    It is encouraging to see that the final support for our being able to experience joy is the knowledge of and hope in the return of Christ and our transformation. If we keep our focus heavenward rather than on circumstances, people and things can’t steal our joy. While they affect us, they are inconsequential on an eternal scale. It’s all simply a matter of perspective.

    And how do we keep that perspective? By spending time in God’s word. "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:11).

    Spending time in prayer. "… pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians 6"18).

    Spending time with one another. "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25).

    Spending time encouraging one another with the truth of Christ’s return!

    "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

    There’s a land that is fairer than day,
    And by faith we can see it afar;
    For the Father waits over the way
    To prepare us a dwelling place there.
    To our bountiful Father above
    We will offer our tribute of praise,
    For the glorious gift of His love,
    And the blessings that hallow our days.
    We shall sing on that beautiful shore
    The melodious songs of the blest;
    And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
    Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
    In the sweet by and by,
    We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
    In the sweet by and by,
    We shall meet on that beautiful shore. 5

    Even So Come Lord Jesus!

  1. Bennett, Stanford F., Text, "Sweet By and By," The Celebration Hymnal, Word Music, 1997, #778.

Personal Application: Have you identified any goals in your life, and if yes, are you taking any actions to meet them? Could anyone watching you see evidence of your goals? 1

Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me run the race, keeping my eyes on the goal, You - resting those things that might cause me to stumble. 2 In Jesus’ name, amen.

  1. Baker, Donald, Philippians, Jesus Our Joy, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1999, adapted from p. 32.
  2. Ibid., adapted from p. 31

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