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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.


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