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Week 47 Day 1
Philippians is one of the letters Paul wrote
while imprisoned in Rome for two years
he did not know
whether he would be sentenced to death
or set free
yet this letter is referred to as the epistle of joy
Paul remembered with joy
prayed with joy
wrote letters with joy
pictured the future with joy
he looked at his situation and decided
he would rejoice
and write about good reasons to be joyful.
Paul built a formula for peace (absence from conflict)
Step 1 - Ask someone to serve as a mediator
Step 2 - Remember past times when things were going well
Step 3 - Decide to rejoice in God even though there's no joy in
Step 4 - Be gentle
Step 5 - Remember God's coming is near; therefore time is
valuable and precious
Step 6 - Don't worry; pray in detail
Step 7 - Rest your mind in Jesus; trust him
Step 8 - Be positive. Fix your mind on what is true, honorable,
just, pure, lovely, and admirable
Step 9 - Practice what you know to be true and right
Fight the enemy; submit to each other
(people often get that reversed)
Remember that the enemy is Satan
and the evil which is in the world.
The downward journey leads upward.
Philippians 1 & 2
1Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the
saints who are in Philippi. 3 I thank my God upon every
remembrance of you, 4always in every prayer of mine making
request for you all with joy. 8God is my witness, how greatly
I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
27Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, that
whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear you
stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together, 28and
not in any way terrified by your adversaries.
1 If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love,
if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2fulfill
my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one
accord. 3Let nothing be done through selfish ambition, but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
4Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but
also for the interests of others.
5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to
be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking
the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself
and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
9Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the
name which is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of those in heaven and those on
earth, and those under the earth, 11and every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12Therefore, my beloved, you have always obeyed, in my
presence and much more in my absence, 13for it is God who
works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15that
you may become blameless, children of God without fault in the
midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you
shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast the word of life, so
I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not labored in vain.
19 I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you, that I may
be encouraged when I know your state. 22You know his proven
character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the
gospel. I hope to send him as soon as I see how it goes with me.
24 I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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