Friday, March 26, 2021

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.

Philippians 2:14-16

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.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

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.

 Philippians 2:14-16

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.

Wednesday, Marhch 24, 2021

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.

Philippians 2:12-13

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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2021

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. 

Monday, March 22, 2021

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.

Friday, March 19, 2021

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.

 Philippians 1:21-24

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.

Wednesday, March 17, 20212

Philippians Day 3

Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.

 Philippians 1:18-20

Affection and Appreciation create an Awareness in those who believe.  There are things that the believer can know in Christ.  Affection and Appreciation for Christ will keep us in an awareness of what God is doing in and through our lives.  Affection and Appreciation will keep us aware of God’s power and possibilities.  We abide in this affection and appreciation we rejoice in Him.  In our rejoicing, we express our affection and appreciation for Jesus.  And God can work freely in and through those who live in an affection and appreciation for Christ.  Even when it seems that others are taking advantage or advancing ahead of us, rejoicing in our affection and appreciation for Christ will lead us in victory.  Rejoice!  Bless the Lord!  Let your affection and appreciation be known to all and in all.  Jesus is Lord and we honor Him in our praise and thanksgiving.  And where there are affection and appreciation for Jesus, there is an awareness of Jesus that leads us in His victory and deliverance. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Philippians Day 2

For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.                                      Philippians 1:8-11

Another key to a good and full relationship is love and affection.  Relationships just don’t work without love and affection.  Our relationship with God is dependent on love and affection too.  The key to this Christian life is based on the love of God and our love for God.  The love of Christ and the love for Christ produces a love in Christ for others.  Paul writes, “I hold you in my heart…” and “I yearn for you with the affection of Christ.”  Love is the glue that holds this life together.  Of course there is no love without faith.  Love creates Hope that inspires Faith and it takes faith to love.   Love wins.  When we let the love of Christ and for Christ rule in our hearts, that love allows the Holy Spirit to produce a good work in us and through us.  Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?”  Believing in Jesus involves loving Jesus because we believe that He loves us.  If we want our relationships to work, we must let love work in our relationships with God, self and others.  When we live in the love of God, the righteousness of God lives in us.

The Kitchen Table Devotiona

The Kitchen Table  Philippians Day 1

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.                                                     Phil 1:3-5

Thanksgiving is the key to successful and satisfying relationships.  Without thanksgiving there won’t be the motivation to keep that relationship going and growing.  Thanksgiving motivates any and every good action.   Maybe one of the most important things we can say to the ones we love is “I thank my God for you.”  With love and thanksgiving Paul writes this letter to the church in Philippi.  He’s so thankful for them and what God has done in and through their lives.  Thanksgiving does that; it creates appreciation and value for those in our lives.  Thanksgiving generates thoughts about the persons we value.  Thanksgiving for what God has done in us, through us, and around us motivates prayer from us.  Thanksgiving for what God is going to do in, through, and around us motivates us to prayer also.  With thanksgiving we grab hold of the victories of Calvary for ourselves and others.  It’s with thanksgiving we latch onto the words and promises of God.  Where we are thankful we will be mindful and helpful in this life.  Part of being a follower of Jesus is about being thankful for His great love and grace for us and those around us.  Don’t step outside without thankfulness today, it will determine everything else along your way.