The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 19
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ
Why do we hold on for the awards, amends and acceptance of man when we can live in the applause of Christ? There’s nothing wrong with doing a good job and it’s always nice to be accepted and when people make amends for wrongs, that’s nice too. But there’s nothing like the applause of Christ that we find in the sake of Christ. This isn’t something we just learn about, it’s something we live in, experience in Him and it is better than anything man can offer. In the applause of Christ we know and feel His affection, approval and affirmation. It’s a spiritual thing that far out-weighs the physical things. It’s just knowing that He is with us and for us, like a dad cheering us as we run the race. In the sake of Christ we see the smile of Christ to run to and the shoulders of Christ to fall into; He loves us and applauds our every step in Him.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 19
For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh
Look out for those who steal your praise. The moment we stop rejoicing is the moment we start returning to the past. Sometimes our greatest struggles are those who stand around us. Resist the temptation to be normal, be accepted and be like those around us. If they’ve lost their praise, there’s a problem. We are the children of God who worship by the Spirit of God while we take pride in what the Son of God has done, is doing and will do in our lives. Those who stop and scoff at rejoicing have only themselves to rely on. We have God. Don’t let anyone park your praise. We serve a God of great things by His great power. We have Jesus and that changes everything. Shout it out and go to church that way too.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 18
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Philippians 3:1
Rejoice in what God has done, is doing and will do in your life always! It’s the best thing you can do to walk in the promises, power and purpose of God. Just rejoice! Rejoicing will keep you alert of your enemy and alive in your faith. Don’t just go through the motions today, do it! Praise Him, thank Him, let the seen and unseen realms know that Christ has forgiven you, freed you and filled you with His presence. This is our greatest witness in a world that needs the witness of Jesus. Rejoicing releases us from our past, raises us up over our problems and reveals the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Rejoice and again I say rejoice. It’s God’s plan to reveal His power in our lives.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 17
I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, Philippians 2:25
Never neglect the importance of a good and godly friend like Epaphroditus. We all need that person who challenges us to be more, go further, reach higher and live better. Without those kinds of friends, we slip into the world of compromise and contentment when we serve a God of great passion and power. They will grow you, stretch you and build your faith. Anyone can be average, lukewarm. Life’s too short to play it safe. These friends live for a cause worth dying for. They can be a nuisance and be necessary at the same time. They don’t make excuses, they execute. Get in their small group. Meet with them regularly. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to settle for average. Everybody needs an Epaphroditus in their lives. Don’t be afraid of great!
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 16
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world Philippians 2:14-15
The secret to a satisfied life is a grateful life. Even a life with a higher purpose but lower pain becomes poison. A grumbling and disputing attitude handicaps rather than helps the person who lives with the lower simmering pain for discontent. The end is no better than the beginning when criticism and complaining simmer under the skin. The best way to a satisfying life is to hold to the words of life, looking for the Giver of life. The one who holds to the words of life from the Giver of life can smile even in sacrifice. God’s words form his perspective and passion along the path, not man’s pain and pessimism.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 13
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
We’re not in this alone. Jesus didn’t say “follow me” and then leave us in the dust. Jesus comes and lives with us by living in us and this Christian life is a work of cooperation, not isolation. God is with us! We work out our salvation with Him. This means we works this salvation out from our hearts to our heads and our heels by the power and partnership of the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t just want you to have the promise of heaven, He wants you to live there. This is where that “humility” comes in. He loves us and will lead us in His love, light, life and liberty if we will humble ourselves, trust Him and then hear and honor Him with our choices. Nobody loves like He loves us and workout His good pleasure in us. Don’t give up, God is by your side; walk with Him today.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 12
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, Philippians 2:9
It’s amazing what God can do with humility. Jesus is our example of what He can do in those who walk in His footsteps. The humble heart is the home of the Holy Spirit. It’s not what I think but what He knows. It’s not where I am but where He is. It’s not what I can do but what He has done and will do. Obedience is our expression of faith and God lifts high those who bow low and trust Him. It’s no longer about who we are but who He is. It’s no longer what we’ve done but what He did and all the rulers, powers and authorities will bow before His name. They have to, He is Lord. Let’s live in His power by His name for His glory.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 11
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
It’s our obedience, not our opinion, that matters. Humility obeys Him. We’ve placed greater importance on our opinions than our obedience and our world has become a dangerous place. When our opinions about God become more important than our obedience to God life, marriage, family, home and society suffer. People who profess Christ but don’t practice Christ pollute and paralyze the gospel message. What would Jesus do? He would and did obey the Father even in the most critical circumstances. He didn’t raise His voice; He lived His life in obedience. Humility honors Him.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 10
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped Philippians 2:5-6
One of the easiest and most costly mistakes any one of us can make is to put ourselves on the same level with God. We do that when we decided to do what we want rather than what He wants. We put ourselves is as the god of good when only God is good. How we chose to talk to and treat others becomes “good enough” and that’s when we slip. Jesus shared the mind of the Father and always obeyed Him. “Obedience is our expression of faith and faith is our claim ticket to the God realm.” Bill Johnson The Holy Spirit lives in the heart of humility and the heart that is humble toward God, honors God.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 9
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
The Holy Spirit lives in the heart of humility. It is the only heart He can really work with, in power. God doesn’t walk over us, He walks with us. This Christian life isn’t just about believing in Jesus but believing Jesus and that requires a humble heart. It is His presence that makes all the difference but an indifferent heart or in defiance is a haughty heart with no room for in the inn for Christ. Repentance relinquishes my ambitions for His ambitions and lets my heart become His home with all the furniture and features of heaven.