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11/16 Philippians 3-4

Paul writes about having confidence in yourself verses having confidence in Jesus.  Which of these two are greater.   Paul lists out the many qualifications for having confidence in himself.  He lists them here, 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.” But with all that he is more that willing to toss all that in the trash just to know Jesus.

7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Is Jesus more important than your home or fancy car?  More important than your job or title?  More important than your golf game or your hobby?  More important than the next little fad or gadget?   What are you willing to consider trash just to know Jesus? Just to become like him?

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

11/15 Philippians 2

Today’s topic is Humility.  Paul explains that the perfect example of humility was Jesus.  If we follow his example then we should strive to be likewise.

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

This also would be a very good section of scripture to memorize.  It very clearly explains who Jesus was and how powerful and important he is, yet it describes him as a servant.  If you want to know who Jesus is, keep reading this over and over until you get it.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

11/14 Philippians 1

Paul’s writing in the first chapter gives us the picture of a true Christian.  It would be better for the Christian to die and go be with Jesus.  However it would be better for the church if the Christian were to stay and bear fruit.

21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.

Paul poses a difficult question for each of us.  “Yet what shall I choose?”  It would be so much better to be in heaven with Jesus.  No pain and suffering.  No sickness or disease.  No hate only love.  Yet here we are wanting to stay on this earth, this place where we are considered aliens.  I wonder if we had to choose between door number 1 (Heaven) and door number 2 (Safe in my Home), what would the choice be?

November 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment