Philippians Day 13
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Keep pressing on! Nothing is more valuable than knowing Jesus. What’s the goal of your Christian life? Paul writes, I want to know the right way to look at and live in this world. I want to know Christ the power of God to live this life the right way. I want to know what it is to live in the resurrection power of God that puts all things right and makes all things right. These things come by faith in Christ and His word. We can live in the righteousness, or the rightness of God and not drown in the wrongness of man. But it’s all found in knowing Jesus
Philippians Day 12
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
There is nothing more valuable than knowing Jesus the Lord. This isn’t just about knowing about Him, it’s about knowing Him, personally and His resurrection power and purpose in our lives. To know Him is to know the promise of His salvation, healing, and deliverance and the power of His salvation, healing, and deliverance. To know Him is to know both the promise and the power of His passion. But to know Him, we must consider everything else as second or scrap. We must let go of all the rewards and regrets of our old life without Him to grab onto the riches and rewards of knowing Him in this new. Those things from our past that we used to think were valuable, they can’t hold a candle to the riches and rewards of knowing Jesus. Rejoice in Jesus and who He is and what He has done and what He will do. When we start rejoicing in what He has won, we will quit regretting what we’ve lost.
Philippians Day 11
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh…
Rejoice in the Lord! It is one thing that will bring us further into agreement with and alignment with God. Rejoicing is an attitude as well as an action. It’s what we choose to do and can do in Christ. Others may be grumbling and complaining but we can rejoice. Paul writes that these things are “safe” for you. Rejoicing is going to keep you safe from the bad attitudes and aptitudes of the loss. Who wants to be skilled in being lost? Rejoicing is something that happens when we know Whose we are, and we are in Christ. We worship and we rejoice by the Spirit of God. And the Spirit of God will empower us to rejoice in the glory, beauty, and honor of God. Rejoice in the Lord and overcome regret
Philippians Day 10
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 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, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
The key to coming into agreement & alignment with God is to “hold fast” to the word of God. It’s not just about believing in Him but believing Him. We do all things by His word and in His word. Hold fast to the word of God. Don’t let anyone steal God’s word from your heart. Anyone can complain and grumble. You don’t need a good word to complain and grumble. Any old word will work for complaining and grumbling, it doesn’t even have to be true. It’s easy to go with the complaining and grumbling crowd but God has something better in store for you. Hold fast to the word of God which always brings life.
Philippians Day 9
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, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Live as loved! Let your language reveal you are loved by God. Do all things without grumbling and disputing. Neither of those things brings us into agreement with God but they can bring us into agreement with the devil. Remember those things about living in affection and appreciation for God? We don’t do that by grumbling and complaining or disputing. We live as people of the word of God. We hold on to what God has said, not what others are saying. He loves us. His word to us is true and it is good. Those who hold onto God’s word live as God’s light in this world. There is no shame in shinning for Jesus! Speak from faith, with hope and in love.
Philippians Day 8
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, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
God is working in you to will and to work His good pleasure. God can do anything He wants without us, but He chooses to do everything He does through us. God created us for this place, this moment. He created us to rule and reign over His creation and gave us His word to do so. This authority is given to us by God Himself. The only thing Satan can do at this point is to try to deceive us. What are we obeying? His word! We work out God’s plans for our lives as we live by His word, from His word and for His word. We align with the will and work of God when we choose to honor His word with our lives. Today it doesn’t matter who is watching, it matters who we’re serving.
Philippians Day 7
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, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
You just can’t underestimate the power of serving. It is in serving that we find the joys of life. In order to serve we must surrender. Jesus surrendered to the affections of His Father and served in the authority of His Father. That is how it is with us too. When we surrender to the will of God, we are able to serve in the authority of God. That is the secret. We are surrendering to the affections of God to serve in the authority of God. It just happens. When we surrender our selfishness, we find and live in His significance. And like Jesus, when we surrender to the heart of God, we find the strength of God to face the impossible and do the unimaginable.
Philippians Day 6
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:3-5
So, we have this thing going where we are living in the affection of God with a great appreciation for the work of God leading us to application of the word of God. Application happens when our ambition becomes service. When we develop an ambition to serve God and others, our lives are changed. We can get caught up trying to do what we think we are supposed to do but God wants us to be who He has saved us to be. Being (application) is directly tied to our affection for God, appreciation for God and our ambition for God. When life becomes about serving God rather than saving self, this life begins to take shape and make sence.
Philippians Day 5
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. Philippians 1:27-28
Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ that I may hear of you. Where there are affection and appreciation there will be affirmation also. Is the life you’re living right now communicating your faith or your fear? Bring it all into alignment. Where there is agreement there is authority, and where there is alignment there is ability. This thing about agreement and alignment is the secret to our life in Christ and a real threat to our enemy. A lot of people might agree with the gospel, but they don’t come into alignment with the gospel. Our words, our walk and our will need to come into alignment with the gospel. That’s when the Christian life becomes powerful. When we let our affection and appreciation become our affirmation, the power of the gospel begins to work in and through our lives. There’s nothing secret about living for Jesus. We speak it! We own what we speak. Speak what you believe. Think about that. Let your words become the affirmation of your faith and you will live in the awareness and ability of God.
Philippians Day 4
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Appreciation and Affection not only give us awareness but move us to application. Love is the great motivator. Where there is an appreciation for what Christ has done and an affection for who Christ is, there we be an application for what Christ wants. “To live is Christ and to die is gain” that is the motto of those who love Him. Where love is real, life will be too. Where there is a love for Christ there will be a longing for His presence, His perspective, His passion, and His power. Love, like hunger will bring us to the table of the Lord. Words will never be enough for the one who loves Jesus. No one is satisfied with mere words, not when it comes to a loving relationship. There are actions that follow affection, love. James writes that faith without works is dead. To live is Christ. What if that was the motto of every Christian and church? What a difference that would make in this life and this world? Let your appreciation and affection for Christ take you to application in Christ, giving you the awareness of Christ. Something good is about to happen.