Sep 5, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 22 | Philippians 1:1-18

30 for 30 Day 22 | Philippians 1:1-18

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on Philippians 1:1-18

Day 21 was a make up day

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:  2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 I thank my God every time I remember you.  4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.  8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.  9 And this is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.

Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.  13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.  14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.  15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.  16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here to the defense of the gospel.  17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.  18 But what does it matter?  The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.  And because of this I rejoice.

 

Questions:

What was the Key Verse, the one that jumped off the page at you?

I had a few verses that caught  my eye.  “9 And this is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ”  I pray daily that God fills me with the wisdom that I need to discern His will from my own because I know his will is what is best for me.  I also pray that as crazy as His will may be for me, that I have the courage to fulfill it.

Verses 13 and 14 also stood out as it relates to the name of this website “…. that I am in chains for Christ.  14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”  In chains for Christ, a slave of Jesus Christ.

Are there any New Thoughts about God?

God wants the best for us.  Funny that when we follow his rules, the problems in life seem to disappear but when we disobey his rules the problems seem to never end.  When will mankind smarten up?  We already have all the answers but look for the answers elsewhere.


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