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Philippians 4: 10 – 20
In the first half of Chapter 4, Paul addresses the problem of anxiety – that perennial human problem that plaques our minds and robs us of peace and rest. In Posts 1 and 2 of this lesson, we considered those instructions from Paul. It is important for us to remember that they are indeed ‘instructions’ … not thoughts or ideas or possibilities … instructions for the believer.
Today, as we consider the second half of this final chapter, Paul addresses the problem of discontent – another perennial human problem. And a problem that I believe is exacerbated in western culture. More >
read the bible in a year: day 35 Luke 24:13-53
13 And then, two of them, on that very day, were going to a little town named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking together about all those things which had taken place. 15 And while they were talking and questioning together, Jesus himself came near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were not open that they might have knowledge of him. 17 And he said to them, What are you talking about together while you go? 18 Then stopping, and looking sadly at him, one of them, named Cleopas, More >
read the bible in a year: day 34 Luke 24:1-12
1 But on the first day of the week, at dawn, they came to the place where his body had been put, taking the spices which they had got ready. 2 And they saw that the stone had been rolled away. 3 And they went in, but the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. 4 And while they were in doubt about it, they saw two men in shining clothing by them: 5 And while their faces were bent down to the earth in fear, these said to them, Why are you looking for the More >
Philippians 4: 2 – 9
We continue our examination of Paul’s instructions for doing battle with anxiety.
Number 4 … Pray. Look again at verses 6 – 7. Pray. About anything. In everything. Can you see the discipline in this instruction? It is a decision you make to pray. Utilize this phenomenal resource! Paul tells us that part of prayer is supplication. Part of prayer is laying our requests and needs – our cares – before the Lord. We do it in faith … trusting the sovereignty and faithfulness, the love and mercy of God. Another part of prayer is thanksgiving. More >
read the bible in a year: day 33 Luke 23:26-56
26 And while they were taking him away, they put their hands on Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and made him take the cross after Jesus. 27 And a great band of people went after him, and of women making signs of grief and weeping for him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, let not your weeping be for me, but for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are coming in which they will say, Happy are those who have had no children, whose bodies More >
“The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel” – 1 Kings 11:9
“I have this against you; you have left your first love.” – Revelation 2:4
Backsliding is when a person who follows Christ turns away from Him. To the backslider, God is no longer the main focus of his life. Without God’s leading, the person “backslides” into his old way of life.What Causes Us To Backslide?
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18
“If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you More >
Jesus spent a great deal of time talking about the importance of forgiving others. He made it clear that forgiveness is to be a characteristic of his followers. So let’s explore what it means to forgive others, the benefits of forgiving and how to forgive.What It Means To Forgive
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
To forgive means to not seek revenge on the one who has hurt you. It means letting go of the anger More >
Philippians 4: 2 – 9
There are 2 thieves that rob us of our well-being. They steal from us the feeling of richness in our own lives, of joy and of peace. Paul addresses both of these villains in Chapter 4 of Philippians. The thieves are Anxiety and Discontent. Anxiety attacks the mind. Discontent attacks the heart. The mind and the heart are the parts of you that make life possible … meaningful … rich.
First, consider the mind. Consider the role that anxiety plays in robbing your mind. The Greek word translated, anxiety, is merimnao. One of the definitions of More >
read the bible in a year: day 32 Luke 23:1-25
1 And they all went and took him before Pilate. 2 And they made statements against him, saying, This man has to our knowledge been teaching our nation to do wrong, and not to make payment of taxes to Caesar, even saying that he himself is Christ, a king. 3 And Pilate said to him, Are you the King of the Jews? And he said in answer, You say so. 4 And Pilate said to the chief priests and the people, In my opinion this man has done no wrong. 5 But they became more violent than More >
read the bible in a year: day 30 Luke 22:1-38
1 Now the feast of unleavened bread was near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a chance to put him to death, but they went in fear of the people. 3 And Satan came into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 4 And he went away and had a discussion with the chief priests and the rulers, about how he might give him up to them. 5 And they were glad, and undertook to give him money. 6 And he made an agreement with them to More >