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Do We Love Our Spiritual Family Members?

SIH HALTAL ICONPhilippians 1:6-8 KJV – “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.  For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.”

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4qc

Philippians 1:6-8: “Our Love For Other Believers”

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Philippians 1:6-8 KJV – “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Due to the Philippians’ Godly lives and testimony, Paul was convinced that the Lord was at work in their personal lives and in their church. Once he was assured the Lord was working, Paul also knew that the Lord would continue to work in their lives until the second coming of Jesus. It would be at Christ’s coming that the Philippians’ redemption would be made complete at the receipt of their glorified bodies and their entrance into eternity.

This helps us to understand that there is no such thing as “falling from grace”, in other words losing our salvation. What God has begun, He will complete. If we see others, who once professed Christ, turn their backs on Christ, in actuality, they were never saved to start with.

This is also supported by the Apostle John who said “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1Jn 2:19 KJV)

When a person turns from their profession of faith, it is not the Lord who was unable to accomplish His work in the professor’s life, the responsibility falls totally on the pseudo-Christian who, in actuality, misled those around him when he professed salvation, never being saved to begin with.

 

Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart;

It only made sense that Paul would think of the saints at Philippi with great confidence in their testimony… he loved them which led to him believing in them and their public profession of faith.

 


inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

The Philippian church shared in Paul’s experience of imprisonment and proclamation of the gospel. They did this in many ways, through praying for Paul, sending Paul much needed monetary aid and encouragement along the way.

By doing these things, the church had a part in the grace that the Lord had shown Paul during these difficult times. The Lord had graciously blessed Paul with the prayers of saints, encouraging words and monetary needs being met. The saints at Philippi, by allowing the Lord to use them, had a share in the blessings that were sent Paul’s way. In that sense they were “partakers of my grace”.

 

 

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.”

Based on their past relationship; their sharing in experiences; and their aid of prayer, encouragement and money; Paul had a deep, sincere, desire to be with the Philippian church. This love was not a carnal, fleshly, passion for them, but a Godly, spiritual desire to be in their midst. This is the same type of love that Christ exhibited towards each of his people.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

As we see Paul’s love for the Philippian believers on display, it reminds us of the type of love we should have towards our brothers and sisters in Christ.

If we love our spiritual family as we do we will:

1. Be quick to believe their testimony and trust them for continued faithfulness

2. We should remember, and appreciate, all they do for us never taking them for granted.

3. Our love should not find its roots in selfishness or carnality, but should be an exhibition of a Christ-like love that is characterized by self-sacrifice, caring for others, working for the good of others, and humility.

Do we love our spiritual siblings as we should? If so, this love will be seen in our lives, through our concern care and sacrifice for them.

 

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Do We Appreciate, And Pray For, Our Spiritual Family?

SIH HALTAL ICONPhilippians 1:3-5 – “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,  For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4q8

Philippians 1:3-5: “Our Remembrance Of Others”

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Philippians 1:3-5 – “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,”

After Paul shares his desire for God’s grace to be shown to the Philippians, he now turns his attention to the grace God has shown to him. What is the first received grace that comes to Paul’s mind? It is his memories of the Philippian saints and the privilege of being able to pray for them.

“Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy”

Paul’s natural loving response to the wonderful memories he had of the Philippians was to pray for them. Stop and think about it… as Paul remembered their faithfulness and the encouragement he received from them, he would stop and thank God for them and ask the Lord to meet their spiritual and physical needs whatever they may be.

The gracious privilege of praying for them was a joyous thrill to Paul’s heart.

“For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;”

One of the sources of Paul’s great joy was based upon their fellowship as believers in Christ. One of the ideas behind the word “fellowship” is “to share in common”. In other words, Paul possessed great joy in praying for the saints at Philippi because they shared so much in common. One of the reasons they shared so much in common was because Paul had been acquainted with the church “from the first day until now” (the very beginning of their church).

What did they share in common? Their salvation, their faithfulness in service to Christ, the persecutions they faced, their spiritual and physical needs etc etc etc. Because they shared much in common, Paul understood much about what they were going through, this enabled him to more intelligently pray for their needs.

Paul held a privileged position of prayer for them, because he understood much more about their experiences and needs than most other saints.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

From Paul’s thankfulness and prayer we can learn much about our relationship with other Christians. Here is a quick rundown of the lessons we can learn:

1. We should be thankful for the memories that we have of wonderful times we have shared with our spiritual family members and the living testimony for Christ, and the example they set for us.

2. We should always be mindful of what our spiritual kindred are going through and the needs they have in their lives. Especially we should use the experiences we have shared with them to better pray for them and their needs.

3. We should never take for granted the privilege we have to pray for others. This allows us to be a part of the blessings they receive when their spiritual and physical needs are met.

4. Our prayers should come from a joyful heart of love as we appreciate our spiritual siblings and seek to give of ourselves, through prayer, to meet their needs.

May we all be more effective prayer warriors for members of God’s family. May we all seek to learn from the thankfulness and prayer life of the Apostle Paul and live them out in our lives as we seek to serve our Lord!

 

Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?

Email me at    rob.barkman@settledinheaven.org

 

 

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May We All Have The Grace And Peace Of God!

SIH HALTAL ICONPhilippians 1:1-2 – “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4q2

Philippians 1:1-2: “The Need for Grace and Peace”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:
1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2
2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11
3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26
4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18
5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30
6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11
7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21
8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9
9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20
10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

TODAY’S TEXT:

Philippians 1:1-2 – “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following Paul’s greetings to the church at Philippi, He shares with them his personal desires for the church members (saints) and leaders (bishops & deacons). In verse 2, we can see the first of his desires is for them to be given “grace” and “peace” from the Father and Jesus.
As most of us know, the idea of “grace” simply means to “give something that is beneficial to those who do not deserve the benefit”. The idea of “peace” implies harmony, quietness, and rest.

WOW! What a perfect combination to wish upon others…

1. When we have grace from the Lord shown to us this opens the door for us to be recipients of the graces of His salvation…. conviction, repentance, faith, spiritual life, forgiveness, adoption, indwelling of the Spirit, and our future inheritance in with Him in glory (to name just a few).
Once saved, His graces continue to flow towards us in the form of His enabling graces as we seek to serve Him with our lives: the bearing of spiritual fruits; the use of our natural talents; and the exercise of other abilities as we serve Him.

2. These wonderful graces are only made more enjoyable when we have the grace of peace. This would involve the possession of peace and quietness between God and ourselves, knowing we are forgiven of our sins and fulfilling His will for our lives.
Then another aspect of peace in the life of believers would also involve being at peace with other men. It would include being at peace with our spiritual family members, enjoying spiritual unity as we put Christ first in our lives, working towards the same goals of glorifying and honoring Him with our lives. Another aspect of this peace involves the saints being at peace with the lost around them, when possible, in the absence of persecution, hatred, and rejection.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Paul, out of love for the members of the church at Philippi, wrote this epistle to them. To begin his letter, he expresses his desire for grace and peace to be given to his spiritual brethren. In doing so, Paul is giving us a wonderful guideline to follow in our relations with our Lord, members of the family of God, and the lost around us.
Concerning our relationship with the Lord, we are to make certain we are at peace with Him. This can only come through His gracious intervention in our lives which leads us to the ultimate grace of salvation from our sins and eternal peace with Him. The need for this type of self-examination, to be certain that we are in the faith is proclaimed by Peter as well when he tells us …

2Pe 1:10 KJV – “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

Concerning our relationship with other men, we can use Paul desires to help us to understand our need, through the gracious intervention of the Lord, to work for peace and harmony between ourselves and others whenever possible.

1Pe 3:11 KJV – “Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”

This would include doing everything in our power to show Christ’s self-sacrificial love to those around us. By aiding others in need, by seeking to share Christ with them with our words, actions, lifestyle, by befriending those who are friendless and loving those who are unlovable, we will be doing all that is in our power to work peace between ourselves and those around us.

May we all seek to learn for the wishes of the Apostle Paul and live them out in our lives as we seek to serve our Lord!

 

Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?

Email me at    rob.barkman@settledinheaven.org

 

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