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July 16, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:5-6


Philippians 2:5-6

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.

 

Thought for Today

If you want to know what true humility looks like simply look at Jesus. Everyone knows He was humble, but few consider how astounding this really is. Jesus was God. He had always been God before He came to earth as a man and after. This is the ultimate trump card. If you ask, “Why should I obey you?” Jesus could simply say, “Because I gave you life.” “How do I know you understand morality?” Jesus could say, “Because I gave the Ten Commandments to Moses after I wrote them on the tablets of stone.” In every area of life, morality, or thought, Jesus is the author of it! Yet, Jesus never once uses His divinity as the reason to follow or listen to Him. Every time Jesus challenges someone to follow, obey, or listen to Him He makes the way that He loves them the reason to respond. If you argue with Him or reject Him He patiently waits for you to discover the truth that He is right. Jesus had every right to demand His own way, but instead gives Himself up to serve the needs of others. This is the truest humility that the world has ever seen. Consider your humble Servant Savior today and learn from Him what humility means.

 

Prayer

Gentle Lord Jesus, I marvel at Your humbleness. Teach me to be more like You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus was humble when He walked this earth. He had all power, yet used all meekness. — Monica Johnson

 

Quote of the Day

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. — Stewart Udall

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July 15, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:3-4


Philippians 2:3-4

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today

Having ended chapter 1 by calling the Philippians to unity, Paul now calls them to humility. Humility is critical, because as disparate people attempt to come together, to be of one mind, it will require both sides to step back from the way they see things long enough to understand how the other group sees them. This challenge is at the core of most of our troubled relationships. We become so entrenched in our position that we are not willing to consider that anyone else might have a valid position or understanding that differs from ours. It will mean genuinely taking an interest in both what they think and why they think that way. Ultimately, we need to be more committed to the relationship than to our position. We have to move beyond right and wrong and together discover the truth which has eluded both of us. We will consider the greatest example of humility this week, our Lord, Jesus Christ. May we fix our eyes on Him and learn from Him this week.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, guide me this week to see my humble Savior and learn from Him what it means to truly be humble. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. – Rick Warren

 

Quote of the Day

There is beauty and humility in imperfection. — Guillermo del Toro

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July 12, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 1:27


Philippians 1:27

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel

 

Thought for Today

I love Paul’s picture of unity in the church. Like a proud parent he wants to hear that God’s people in Philippi are sticking together through thick and thin. They should be standing firm in one spirit, having one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel. We let so many little things divide us in the church today. While we share the powerful message of the gospel, that Jesus died for every sinner, we divide over music styles, clothing choices, seating arrangements, political stands, carpet color and so much more. When I think of my children they are very different young ladies. The have different styles, like different foods, play different games, listen to different music. However, they are all Kennaughs. When danger or challenge arises they stand side by side, strengthening, comforting and focusing each other on what is truly important. This is what God longs for from His children. We can have our differing opinions, likes and dislikes, but when it comes to the things we have in common God longs for us to stand side by side in one mind and spirit. Take some time this weekend to consider the things that bother you about your brothers and sisters in Christ and ask if these are based on your preferences or God’s non-negotiables. If it is about you, how should you handle those issues? What does grace I nonessentials look like?

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, show me how You see my heart. Help me to discover the places I have drawn lines that are not Yours. Teach me of grace in these things. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It strikes me as unChristian that we often have more charitable attitudes toward ideological allies than we do toward brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we disagree on matters of politics.m― David Kinnaman

 

Quote of the Day

Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction. ― Criss Jami

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