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July 21, 2019, 12:20 PM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:12-13


Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

Thought for Today

I struggled with this passage for a long time. If salvation depends wholly on what Christ has done for me, what work must I do? Paul is quick to clarify, “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” This goes along with James’ conversation of the role of faith and works in chapter 2 of his letter to the churches. “What good is it, my brothers if someone says he has faith but does not have works?. . . faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead” (James 2:14, 17). You see, faith calls for action. It is easy to say you believe; it is hard to live it out. Paul encourages us to do the hard work of actually living out the ramifications of what you say you believe. Paul calls for us to struggle with the living out of the call of Christ on each of our lives. It is hard work. It can be scary. The good news is that it, too, is the work of God in your life. As you struggle to be obedient to Christ in both word and deed, you partner with God who is already at work in you to will and to do what is pleasing to Him. So press on with the struggle. Fight the good fight in your heart and spirit and rejoice knowing that when you do, you fight with God. Where have you been tempted lately to throw in the towel? To give up the work? To say you obey without acting it out? Press on! Don’t quit! God is fighting with you!

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, thank You for the work You are doing in my heart and life. I know the areas where my obedience is in word only. Continue to struggle with me that I may will and do all that You desire in and through me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We should know that faith is a gift of God…Thus all the good which we have is of God; and accordingly, when God rewards a good work of man, he crowns his own gift. —John Wycliffe

 

Quote of the Day

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. —Jean Paul

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July 18, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:9-11


Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

 

Thought for Today

It has been said that the path to greatness is through humility. There is no greater example of this than Jesus. Because He willingly humbled Himself to the point of dying for God’s beloved children the Father has lifted Him up to the highest place of worship and praise. That is to say that the Father now assumes the place of humility by elevating Jesus above Him. This is why we worship Jesus when we gather on Sunday and why we pray in His name. This is not offensive to the Father, it glorifies Him. When you think of truly great people, people who have impacted the world for good, they are almost always humble. God honors humility because humility honors God.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for willingly taking my place and making me right with our Heavenly Father. Be glorified in my life today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being. — James E. Faust

 

Quote of the Day

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:8


Philippians 2:8

When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 

Thought for Today

Paul defines humility is thinking about others needs more than you think of your own. This is exactly how Jesus modeled humility. Jesus not only willingly set aside of the rights and privileges of heaven, but He spent His time on earth as a man serving the needs of others. He healed the sick, encouraged the downtrodden, taught the people, and washed His disciples’ feet. Jesus was constantly placing the needs of others ahead of His own. Jesus took humility to the next level when the King of Heaven condescended to take the place of criminals. It is impressive to see royalty set aside their crown for a day to serve the needs of the lowly, but it is not unheard of. However, Jesus went to the criminals on death row, took up Barabbas’ cross, carried it to the place of execution, and willing lay down upon it so that Barabbas could go free. Except that it wasn’t just Barabbas’ cross. It was the cross to be borne by every condemned criminal in God’s sight. Everyone who has transgressed God’s holy law is condemned to death by His divine judgement. Sinners like you and me were simply waiting for the executioner to come and carry out our just punishment. Then Jesus steps in front of you, lays down on your cross and receives the full sentence declared for your crimes against God so that you can go free. This is the level of humility that Jesus lived out. This is what it looks like to put your interests ahead of His own. This is the truest model of humility. Who can you serve today? Whose burden can you lift up? I don’t mean that generically. Ask God for a name or an opportunity today. Be an imitator of Christ and humble yourself for another. Nothing glorifies God more.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am continually in awe that You would humble Yourself and serve me by taking the punishment I deserved and giving me the priveledge of being reconciled to my Heavenly Father. Show me who I can serve today as I strive to be like You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. — Saint Augustine

 

Quote of the Day

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. — Saint Augustine

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