The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 38
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Never doubt God, He will do what He says. Those who look for God’s fruit (the evidence of God’s presence) will find God’s favor. It’ easy to get caught up in looking at fear but God’s favor is found in His fruit. His fruit is in His features of His faithfulness. Stay grateful for His goodness and you’ll see greatness of His goodness.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 37
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. Philippians 4:17
God’s provision is in the fruit. Look for the fruit and you’ll find the favor. Be grateful for what is doing in and through you as He works on and around you. Look for it! It’s happening! Where we find fruit we will find favor.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 36
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. Philippians 4:14
Call it what it is when someone shares with you, kindness. It was kind. It was beautiful how they blessed you in your trouble. Name it! Recognize it! Don’t let it just slip about. God has done something in you and around you to accomplish His will for you and through you. One of the greatest things we do to defeat the devil is to thank God for His help and thank the person He worked through to help you. Don’t just say thank you, say thank you for… Recognize what God has done and who He did it with. Personal thanks inspires growth in us and in them. Personal thanksgiving nails down the victory and declares heaven in the here and now. It was kind for you to share in my… Do it!
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 35
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
This isn’t about doing it yourself by yourself for yourself. It’s about God working in us and around us to accomplish His will for us through us. Paul was encouraged and assisted by the church that came alongside to help him. Sometimes help comes as a human but looks like an angel. Be thankful. God is working in and around you to work on and through you. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Someone asked me, “When do the blessing come and how?” I don’t know how; they just do. The thankful believer just recognizes that they (blessings) are here. We begin to see blessings and we live in blessings, know that we can because He does. Life knowing that God’s help is in you and around you to accomplish His will for you and through you.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 34
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need Philippians 4:12
Learn from life! Don’t just let it pass by. Those who learn from life won’t lose at life. We learn how to trust and wait on God and in the process, we learn to overcome the flesh and its fears. In order to learn from life, we must be willing to look at life, even at the hard and painful times. In looking at life we will find the Lord of life living there too. What we want to learn is that the Lord of life is living in this life too and He will give us the strength and supply to live out life. Those who refuse to look at life will most likely lose at life. God gives us opportunities to learn from life so that we can learn to live this life in His strength and supply. Learn from life with God and we won’t lose in life without God.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 33
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly… Philippians 4:10
Sometimes our greatest battle is the fear of the unknown. It’s in rejoicing that we find revelation. Revelation helps us see and understand what God wants and what God is working in our lives. Revelation works with rejoicing. It’s that attitude and that action that accommodates revelation. Paul didn’t know how God was going to provide but God gave Him revelation that he can and will survive through Christ. Rejoicing in what God has done will empower us to see what God will do. It’s called “revelation” and it brings us to a place of rest in God. In rejoicing we find revelation and rest and we no longer have to fear the unknown.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 32
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things Philippians 4:8
Sometimes we have to see it to do it. Let your mind imagine God’s word, will and way. Many miss walking in heaven because they can’t get their mind there. Think about whatever is true, honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Your eyes will be opened up to see from faith with hope in love. Half the work of discipleship is getting your mind to see what your heart believes in. Let God’s word form your thinking and your seeing. It will bring hope into hopelessness and love into fear.
The Kitchen Table Philippians Day 31
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
In the presence of God is the peace of God. People think peace is something we do but it’s something He does. It’s in His presence that we recognize His peace. It’s always there but we don’t recognize it because we don’t recognize Him and that’s because we get our heart and head focus on our problems rather than His presence. His presence is recognized in His praise & worship. As our heart and our head become focused on Him, His peace becomes recognized by us. The peace of God isn’t something we can understand without experiencing it and we experience His peace when we come into His presence through praise and worship. Many think peace is something we can do but it’s something He does.