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Philippians 1:12,13

Sorry , this should have been posted yesterday, and I have no excuse..life is just coming at me fast..and I decided to play and take a break.  Check out this study going on at Philter48 , click on the button “Philippians Study”. (easy huh?)

12 I want you to know, brothers,  that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard  and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.(ESV)

 These verses are intense.  I love Paul’s Kingdom-minded perspective. All for the Kingdom.  In every case of what the world would say is trial and persecution in Paul’s life, was the finger of God moving HIS plan into action, to spread the gospel to all nations.  Totally blows my mind.  Paul could have whined and complained about all that was happening to him, but his Believing God was always in tact! He knew that God was good, and if HE allowed such things, then GREAT things of a larger magnitude was at stake.  Can you think of anything greater than a lost soul coming to Christ? 

Paul was imprisoned and his charge was following Christ, and telling others about HIM.  Can you imagine the guards in the prison, knowing this, and still the man keeps going, and going, and going…(talk about energizer!)

I am convinced that without the mind of  Christ, and Knowing the heart of God…this is where the rubber meets the road!  Many claim to know HIM, but in the slightest discomfort, the whining, and complaining is unbelievable! Paul demonstrates a heart fixed on Christ, the author and perfector of his faith, and not the world. 

Are we focused on the Kingdom? Are we all about ourself? or all about God?  seems to me there is no middle of the road.

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New Ministry Excitement!

I have been blessed to be part of a group of people who are looking to God (by being in the Word), and also gleening from each other.  Philter48 is much more than a forum, it is discussion, articles (blogs for men , women, teens-this one not quite ready), forum style Bible Study, and also other topics following after the Verse Philippians 4:8  Whatever is…  Registration is easy and painless, and you will not be given to spambots, or any solicitation.  Its just a safe place to think and build community with other believers.  Do you have to be a believer?  No, but those are the topics we are looking at..and I do think everyone can benefit from it.

I have been posting on the Womens Blog, and I am excited about what God is doing in me through this.  CPKroboth III has been blogging there on the Mens Blog, and I am sure there is a blessing there for you men. 

There is just so much there, TV/live chat…which can also be used as a chat area, a section in the forum to leave prayer requests (who does not need prayer? that is my question) God has been good in giving Carl and Brian this vision, and providing the support they need to get it going. 

Hoping to see you all there, and hope that you will be as blessed as I am in this.  Join us, we would love to hear your thoughts, encouragements, and your struggles.  Come, do life with me!

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Philippians 1:9-11

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.(ESV)

(Study notes from the ESV)Phil. 1:9–11 The first petition in Paul’s prayer is that God would cause the cardinal Christian virtue of love to abound more and more, and that it would be accompanied by knowledge and all discernment, so that the Philippians’ love would find expression in wise actions that would truly benefit others and glorify God. As Christians grow in their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus, they will increasingly be able to affirm and practice what is excellent. Such joyful obedience to God will give them the confidence of being found pure and blameless when Jesus returns. This does not imply instantaneous spiritual perfection but rather an increasing likeness to Christ. But fruit of righteousness is not produced in the believer’s own power. Because that fruit comes through Jesus Christ, it will result in the glory and praise of God.

As I studied through this section, and read comments and discussion at Philter48, I was reminded of how often we stop at the “pure and blameless” section and count ourselves OUT!  Through the worlds eyes, we are not pure and blameless..endless grudges have been held against us, and some with good worldly reason. Praise God that HE is not like the world!  The difference between willful or presumptuous sin and transgressions are life changing to one who may be carrying reproach of sins past.  Pure and blameless is being free from willful, repetitive sin. You know the kind..the one we look at and know in our heart of hearts that it would be wrong for us to do it, and we run right in delighting in the forbidden. Not only once, but since we repented, we feel okay about doing it again and again, with all intention of one day laying this thing down.  (Let me just give this warning..God is not a fool, and forgive you HE will, right after that whoopin’ you are asking for..HE will make sure you do not forget what defiance in the face of our Almighty King will bring  you.) We will battle with sin, that everyday sin, someone made you angry, and your tongue got away (not repetitively), when we cry out to the LORD to help us forgive, we repent that we know we are unforgiving, unloving…the things that we go through while learning and growing in HIM.  Those are sin as well, but God has seperated sin and willful sin…We learn obedience, and although something is sinful and totally appeals to us we decline, no willful sin.  There is freedom in this for me.

Psalm 19:13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

Pauls prayer is beautiful, and one we all need to apply to ourselves as well as others.. Love, knowledge, discernment, pure and blameless, what is excellent, fruit of righteousness..through Jesus Christ all to HIS Glory!

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Philippians Study 1:1-9

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 )

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Reading your Bible?

Last Evening my daughter and I started studying Ephesians together..well we only got through 6 verses..but hopefully more later today.. I am in search of a plan that takes me through my Bible, but I am not really interested in doing it in a time frame.  I know me, if you set a deadline before me..I will make that deadline! But if I take the time I really need to do it, better end result. 

I seem to be with out a study at the moment, I am working on Philippians, but that will be a slow process, and I need something to have my quiet time with.  Any suggestions?? Do you use a Study workbook? Any new and exciting studies out there, that I should know about??

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End of 2008-pour out your heart

This post was in the middle of January ’08…my 100th post on WordPress.  Although I believed I needed to write it and be transparent, it caused me much grief over the next several months.  Not because of the family situation that stirred that post, but the religious people who believed I had stepped over my boundaries, and called me a false prophet, and demanded that I start to write something that would say”there is no personal relationship with a HOLY GOD, and you can not speak your heart to HIM like that, and HE already knows the wickedness in your heart.”  I thought that thier words had no real effect on me, but looking back on this year, I know that they did. 

Lately…I have been struggling in my walk, not that I don’t believe, but that I have slowed down my one on one time with HIM where I actually speak my heart, and thinking things like..”HE already knows”.  Without noticing that my walk slowed down to a crawl, and then to me just sitting down, and missing HIM.  I asked HIM recently how I got here, and how can I get back? Would HE really want me to walk with HIM like I thought, or had I just dreamed the whole thing up?..I am a dreamer.

HE nudged me back into my time with HIM, and this morning as I sat with HIM, HE brought me here-

Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour our your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (ESV)

Pour out your heart before HIM! its in there! It caused me to rejoice, and just sink into HIM.  HE brought me back, and still I will not tell you what the religious wanted me to say…Because HE wants us to pour out our hearts to HIM, HE wants us to be close to HIM and honest, and trusting, it takes nothing away from HIS HOLINESS! Nothing…That’s the kind of Father King we have.

Happy New Year!  I am loving my blog family, and loving sitting here at HIS feet…God is amazing! fall in love with HIM, incredible!!!

(new ESV Bible was a Christmas gift, and GOD knows I would not be able to stand to have it, and not start paging through it…I love how HE loves me!)

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