Philippians, Day 4

Day 4.

Philippians 1: 18-30.

VV 19-21, 19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Paul had confidence in the prayers of the Philippians Christians for him. He was not ashamed to be in chains for those trumped up charges. Christ will be gloitifed whether he lived or died. Philippians 1:21 is a great verse to commit to memory. If you live for Christ, your death will be a gain. If you live for is anything else but Christ, your death will be a total loss. When a Christian dies, he gains heaven and eternal life.

VV 22-26, 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

Paul found it hard to choose between life and death. If he lived, he lived for Christ, if he died, he will be with Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”. Rejoice and be confident in heaven because Christ second coming is imminent.

VV 27-30, 27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Paul urged the Phillipians Christians to be of good conduct, united in spirit and thoughts, faithful to the gospel, and not be afraid of tribulations. Tribulations for Christ’ sake and for righteousness’ sake is unavoidable but the reward of salvation is certain.

Matthew 5:10-12. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”.

John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.

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Reviews

I received your book yesterday and straight away read it. Could not put it down as it was an interesting write up and easy to read. Congratulations.😍 Jun

I have finished reading the whole book on your autobiography. It is an excellent piece! It is a very interesting read — full of the spices of life, also touching, sad and sweet reminiscing of your past, with passionate touches of the Lord’s greatness in your life ! Praise God for your family and you 🙏🏻 Carol

A Legacy that Blesses Others

On February 25th was the three year mark of my mom’s entry to heaven. I miss her dearly but am glad she’s in a better place. As I look back, I am truly thankful for the time she was down here with me and my family.

She was a true joy, an encourager, loved crafts and arts, and classical music. She also loved listening to Dr. Charles Stanley, followed the 30 life principles, and she read her Bible. I recall when she would go to the hospital on a number of occasions she would ask for four things: her Blackberry phone, her Bible, clothing, and her lotion. She didn’t have much, but she had love that poured out into others. She was a blessing to her community, caregivers, and extended family as she ministered to others and encouraged them. She left a good legacy. I miss you mom and love you.

This makes me think about what kind of a legacy am I leaving? I find it important to be in parenting classes and have a mentor which challenges me to remember what is most important. The times I didn’t participate in classes or have a mentor I struggled and swayed. I’ve also come to learn when I surround myself with others in a similar boat, I realize together we can face the same storm, praying and encouraging one another. I can learn from them and vice versa. We’re not meant to do life alone. We’re in this together.

So what about you? Are you surrounding yourself with a like minded community that encourages you and lifts you up in prayer? Are you living a life that leaves an impression on the loved ones around you? I hope this encourages you. Remember, you are filled with people around you who love you and are influenced by you.