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A WEEK IN Philippians: 3 & 4

Philippians 3  10- 29 – 11-04- 2017 (NASB) QT

Sunday 10-29-2017 Philippians:3  1-6   QT

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.

Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.


Terry, are you really excited over Me?   Do you, glory, boast, and express confidence in Me?  Do this aloud in the presence of the people around you.   When it reaches your heart, express it with your lips.

Monday 10-30-2017 Philippians:3  7-11   QT

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.


I am to give up all things this world affords, not for my sake but for Christ’s sake – Do I value Christ above any accolades or possessions I may gain or appropriate – Christ gained me, Christ found me, Christ gave me His righteousness, – all this for the purpose that I might know Christ, know the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering – knowing that I have been joined with Jesus in His death and resurrection, physical death holds no fear for me / BUT – I fear feelings of inadequacy, a since of failure, rejection of ideas and actions – Do I fear man’s evaluation more than I value my identification with Christ?

I can’t get rid of my feelings of inadequacy or failure or other’s evaluations, but I can decide to not let it stop me from making decisions and following through on them.  I can suffer, without being paralyzed, similar, to if having a disease.  I give up too much and too quickly.

Tuesday 10-31-2017 Philippians:3  12-16   QT

12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.


The flesh is a disease that I should not allow to get between me and Jesus.  The flesh may limit me, at times, but it will not detour or undermine my faith in Jesus or keep Us apart.  Faith will triumph over the flesh even if the flesh screams, kicks, complains, or grumbles, because (Jesus) grace permeates my faith and is the foundation of my faith.

Wednesday 11-1-2017 Philippians:3  17-21   QT

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.


Well Terry, what example are you setting for your Grandchildren, is it helping them to pursue Me?  Does anything need to change in setting an effective example, if so what?  Do you really think that your Grandchildren are being encouraged in their pursuit of Me by not attending an “Institutional Church”?

I could encourage them to get involved in a “Christian Campus Ministry”.

In my opinion, what involvements will help them in their subjection to Jesus?

Philippians 4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Thursday 11-2-2017 Philippians:4  1-1   QT

1 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.


Make sure, when I am being evaluated by others, I am standing firm in/with Jesus!  Also make sure my brothers and sisters around me are being held in high regard and that I am doing my all with Jesus to embrace them as worthy of love.  Yet maintaining loyalty, commitment, and integrity concerning my intimacy with Jesus.

Friday 11-3-2017 Philippians:4  2-7   QT

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord.Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.


Terry remember all members of My Body have their names in the BOOK OF LIFE.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Terry, because of your citizenship, your name’s in the BOOK OF LIFE, and you rejoice in Me, be gentle with all men and remind yourself that I am always NEAR, willing to become involved with you in all your concerns and rejoicings.

Saturday 11-4-2017 Philippians:4  8-9   QT

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.


Terry, let Us always be in conversation concerning things that are true, wholesome, appropriate at the time, morally correct, has eternal value, remember I am interested in intelligent and notable topics.  Our Father enjoys knowing We are living life together and as a result increases our since of joy and contentment.  Stop being negative in your attitude and conversations about My Church’s individual members.  It is neither profitable nor encouraging to the overall health of My Church.  You are going to contribute to the building up of My Church, in love, or the crippling of My Church through negativity.

Saturday 11-4-2017 Philippians:4  WEEKLY REVIEW   QT

I stand with Jesus on the basis of His revelatory Book; the Bible.  All Scripture in God breathed, Spirit inspired, and meant to draw everyone to God’s plan as revealed in Christ Jesus. 

I have been instructed to live in peace with my brothers and sisters as far as it depends on me.



Philippians 2  10- 22-28- 2017 (NASB) QT

Sunday 10-22-2017 Philipians:2  1-2   QT

1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.


If I cherish the fact that I am united with Christ in any manner, I need to recognize and be just as excited about being united with my sister and brother in Christ.  Our oneness with Christ is viewed by heavenly principalities and powers as a picture of the reality our Oneness with Christ.  I will cherish my brother and sister in Christ!

Monday 10-23-2017 Philipians:2  3-11   QT

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


I will acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  I will speak of His working and His leading.  My emphasis will be on Him and His presence.  How?  He will inspire, and I will learn by doing! 

Tuesday 10-24-2017 Philipians:2  12-13   QT

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.


Jesus is activating His will in me so that I might do His work for His pleasure.  Why is it I think more about doing His will for my pleasure or for the pleasure of others?  It may be for the good of others, but it is for Jesus’ pleasure!

Terry, you contemplate too much before doing, you consider appeasement more than FAITH, and personal expectations rather than TRUSING My Sovereignty.  Trust Me with results, quit worrying about what others think you should do or not do.  Be genuine, be friendly, be joyful and excited about My love for others. 


I need, I want, I anticipate, I expect:

REMINDERS, in the magnitude of Divine Inspiration!!!

Wednesday 10-25-2017 Phil. :2  14-18   QT

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.


Terry, talk to Me privately when someone else is grumbling or disputing rather than grumbling or being negative about them to someone else.  Most of all do not come unglued at the grumbler or disputer – lead them into prayer for or spiritual warfare concerning what they are grumbling and disputing about.  If you are the grumbler or disputer then quickly acknowledge it as SIN, do not justify yourself.

Be so into Me that others find it easy to accuse you of being too simple.

Thursday 10-26-2017 Philipians:2  19-24   QT

19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. 23 Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly.


Terry, can you even tell the difference between your fleshly interest in a situation and My interest in the same situation?  Do you even want to?  Yes, you know what I want but do; but do you know how I want to accomplish it or do you just bull ahead, in an attempt, to get it done for Me?  Yet, do not become so hesitant that you sit paralyzed with indecision?

Live by Faith

Share the gospel

Build up the body of Christ

Praise Father, Son and Holy Spirit





Friday 10-27-2017 Philipians:2  25-30   QT

25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; 26 because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you29 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.


WORDS AND PHRASES FROM THIS PASSAGE: thought it necessary – send – fellow worker – fellow soldier – messenger – minister – longing – distressed – heard – sick – point of death – God had mercy – sorrow – eagerly – rejoice – concerned – received – joy – high regard – work – risking – complete – deficient – service / I, you, brother, he, him, me, men,  

Terry, I do not prevent life, I enhance life.  I do not enhance life by remodeling it; but by conforming & transforming life through death and rebirth.  Your surroundings with the world does not change yet you yourself change; it is your new response, in Me, to the world around you that makes all the difference.




Philippians  10- 15-21- 2017 (NASB) QT

Sunday 10-15-2017 Philipians:1  1-2   QT

Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Terry, remember you are in voluntary subservience to Me.  I am not a dictator requiring robotic responses.  Let’s keep in touch for we live and work together.

Monday 10-16-2017 Philipians:1  3-8   QT

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.


Jesus, I will live today in anticipation and expectation that You will be present in sufficient and effective power to accomplish Our Father’s will on earth.  I am excited about being in partnership with You in what You are doing.

Tuesday 10-17-2017 Philipians:1  9-14   QT

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel13 so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, 14 and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.


I am not to be reticent or fearful of speaking concerning the divine expression on God (Father).  God’s divine Written Word revels Jesus who is the LIVING WORD.  Hebrews 1:1-2 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

Wednesday 10-18-2017 Philipians:1  15-18   QT

15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.


Some are teaching thoughts from the Scriptures with precepts and concepts but are not preaching, revealing, demonstrating Christ Jesus as God’s divine expression.  No matter the motivation of those who extoll Jesus I will rejoice.  May Jesus be ever on my mind and lips.  Thank You Jesus and thank You Father for placing me in Christ Jesus.

Thursday 10-19-2017 Philipians:1  18-26   QT

Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.


I want to develop an intense expectation of Father’s, Son’s and Spirit’s presence and power in all experiences throughout the present day.

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.


I want to anticipate His presence and power in all involvements and in the moment, expect His working; remaining in constant contentment with His allowable results.

Friday 10-20-2017 Philipians:1  27-30   QT

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.


I will strive, by His Grace, to live in a manner that depicts my connection to Jesus.  I will do all that is possible to live at peace and acceptance with my brothers and sisters in Christ wherever I encounter them.

I will be content to suffer or be willing to prosper in my identification with Jesus.  I will in all circumstances promote Jesus without complaint or bragging.  I will not give undue credit to myself or others; I will also not blame or make despairing remarks about my brothers or sisters in Christ.

Saturday 10-21-2017 Philipians:1  WEEKLY REVIEW   QT

I will stop trying to pigeonhole believers.  I will simply enjoy Jesus and His presence and power in the present.  Be present with Jesus with ever one, everywhere, all the time. 

Content, yet pursuing.  Joyful, yet grieving. 


Tuesday 12-05-2017 Colossians 4  7-9  QT

As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts; and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.

Terry, who in your past are you keeping informed concerning Our present circumstances and Our continued involvement with each other?  Think!  Why would this be important to Us, especially Me?


  1. That we might be an encouragement to each other in our commitment to Jesus.
  2. To know that Jesus is continuing to build-up His Church through our continued involvement with Him.
  3. It is an opportunity to be an influence in each other’s lives.
  4. It demonstrates the Oneness of Christ’s Body as His Church.
  5. It helps keep both parties accountable, with our expressions of faith, in response to our intimacy with Jesus.
  6. Keeping in touch stimulates fresh boldness in our present expressions of faith.
  7. Keeping in touch in the Name of Jesus, keeps HIM, FRESH, in our thoughts, FRESH in our attitudes, FRESH on our lips, and FRESH in our actions.

Wednesday 12-06-2017 Colossians 4  10-  QT

17 Say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

Terry, give thorough thought to the responsibility I have revealed to you, by faith embrace this task, relying, on the fact, I will be involved with you as We work together.  

Colossians 4 12 -03-09 -2017 (NASB) QT

Sunday 12-03-2017 Colossians 4  1-4  QT

 1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

Terry, there is so many wonderful things around Me, for you to get excited over, but in the process you MAY miss the mark – ME.  So, talk to Me every day, each day, through out the day until that day is over; then start up again before you even get out of bed the next morning.  Our Life is what We are about, not the comfortableness of your flesh; which I have broken its bondage over you.  Its My Mystery, to be lived out between you and I.  It helps, you, when We talk to each other, throughout the day.

Monday 12-04-2017 Colossians 4  5-6  QT

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Terry, remember you too, were once an outsider, it was not your intellect that opened your eyes, mental understanding or your heart acceptance of Me; it came by revelation; recognizing that I was speaking to you personally.  Share Me, with others, in light, of where they are, knowing that My Spirit must ignite their faith to open their mind and heart to Me.  This, is why, you are to present Me to their conscious mind; by word and deed.  This is the work, you and I are to do, TOGETHER.

Those who read,, please note they are my personal conversations with our Lord Jesus, they are not meant to become a devotional but rather to influence others to spend time with Jesus (THE LIVING WORD) in the Bible (THE WRITTEN WORD).  Thank you for reading, commenting and passing them along.  To those who are led to share I look forward to getting in on your conversations with Jesus.  terry, one of your brothers in Christ in His Church

WEEKLY REVIEW – Colossians 3 11-25 – 12-02 2017 (NASB) QT

Saturday 12-02-2017 Colossians 3  WEEKLY REVIEW  QT

Terry, conform to what I have said you are, not to what you know you were.  You now have My life and will experience My power, in light, of Our fellowship of suffering – I am not talking just the rejection of others, but rather saying “NO” to the flesh, world and Satan.  Remember, I took on flesh, like yours, yet did not sin; you now are made One with Me, you too can know My Power and the Fellowship of My Suffering.

Colossians 3 is completed

Thursday 11-30-2017 Colossians 3  18-21  QT

18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

Terry, your wife is to voluntarily submit to you out of her relationship with Me; not forced by you.  Now for you, you are to love your wife as I have loved you.  Never, use intimidation or manipulation with her to get your way.

Remember your children need correction and guidance from loving parents, refrain from beating them into submission but discipline them as needed.  Do not be a father that lives by a double standard, be consistent even with yourself, be willing to apologize, ask for forgiveness, and enjoy the things your children enjoy.

Friday 12-01-2017 Colossians 3  18-21  QT

22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.


Terry, serve those in authority over you but do not violate Our relationship in doing so.  Your service is not just for those who are in authority, it is to be done in a manner that is in harmony with with Our Intimacy with each other.  Remember, what is wrong is still wrong even if the one in charge demands that you do wrong and I do not show partiality; wrong will reap its consequences on everyone. 

The buck stops with Me, trust your life to Me.

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