I have recently started a new study with Philter48. There is lots to offer there for everyone. Although it is in the beginning stages, it has been a blessing. (Please don’t let the word “forum” scare you off..its very easy to move through, and the discussions are wonderful!)
Studying Philippians, I am glad to tell you that I am going slowly through it, and happy with that. My hunger for the Word is growing, and I just don’t want to miss anything God has for me. Here are some highlights that spoke to me…
Phil.1:1 I found it interesting that Paul addresses this letter to the “saints”, “overseers” and “deacons”. For some reason he felt the need to write it this way. The mystery to me is why? “Saints” pretty much covers all believers. Well, they couldn’t say he didn’t mention them, and he had thier attention as well.
Phil 1:3-5 Interesting. The joy and love that Paul felt for these people, because of thier love for the LORD, and the way they also spread the Good news, the Gospel. There is nothing wrong with us feeling this same kind of love for each other, and I am sure that this is what I am experiencing here in Blogville with my Christian brothers and sisters. It is amazing, and what an awesome gift from God.
Phil 1:6 Seems to me that the ones who are spreading the Gospel seem to need reminded ( I know I do) that God has started a change in us and HE will finish it. No doubt! HE does not fail at what He sets out to do, HE doesn’t become tired or bored, HE has a plan and HE finishes it! Thank you Jesus!
Phil 1:7-9 Paul has written the most awesome prayers, I love to look and read and apply them. This one is near to my heart, and I have prayed tons for things that he called out that he prayed for the Philippians.
We need to rememeber that all saints are saints, all part of a well oiled machine needing each other to function in the area and gifts that God has given us. To love each other and find that love in the saints sharing the Gospel just like us, God truly does bind our hearts together. And to pray for each other, and also for ourselves. These are some of the things I pray for..to have a righteous fear of God, because through it HE promises wisdom, to know God more, to love HIM more, and to not be decieved, protection from the evil one. (why else would we need to be reminded that HE will finish the work HE has started in us)
Stay tuned..hahaha I will be posting again on next tuesday what I rest on in the next section. Love to hear what you think of Philippians 1:1-9, and would love to see you at Philter48 (Carl Kroboth, Dale Hill, Brian Swan, and Michelle are all going to post also this week..checkout the Philippians Study at Philter48 )