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Learning contentment

Scripture reading for June 4th: Philippians 4

Key Scriptures: Philippians 4:10-13 “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.”

Paul was in jail in Rome and had to supply his own needs through the generosity of his friends and the church. The Philippians had sent an offering that helped him and he explained to them how he rejoiced in the gifts and in the fruit that they would enjoy from giving. For his own needs, he explained that he had learned how to be content with God’s provision. Sometimes he was in want and sometimes he had abundance. But in every situation, he knew that he could do all things needed through Christ Jesus Who alone gave him his strength and supplied his needs.

Philippians 4:18 “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Ephaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, continue to help me learn how to be content with You as the source of all my wants and needs. Help me to be generous with God’s ministers who are in need, giving as You direct and pleasing You, trusting You to supply all my needs!

Philippians 4:29-30 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

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Give and God will supply!

Scripture reading for September 5th:  Philippians 4, Psalm 28, Proverbs 24

Key Scriptures:  Philippians 4:17-20 “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.  I have received full payment, and more.  I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Paul closed his letter to the Philippians thanking them for sharing and sending offerings to help him.   They were one of the only churches to do so at this time.  He had received their gift and expressed his thanks, stating that they were “a fragrant offering” and they pleased God as well.  He also shared that their gifts would increase the fruit of souls won and reached and that would also credit to their account.  In turn, they could count on God meeting all their needs through Christ’s unfathomable riches!  Amen!

Faith Confession:  I choose to be generous and give to the work of our Lord, tithes and offerings.  I am thankful for fruit that will bring glory to our Lord Jesus.  My God will supply all my needs if I am generous towards His kingdom.

Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”    


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Imitators of God!

Scripture reading for September 27th: Ephesians 5:1-33

It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Man is always looking for someone to look up to.  God has designated parents to set a holy example for their children.  He also tells those who lead in the church to set examples and the apostle Paul called people to imitate him as he followed Christ.  In this letter Paul points the Ephesians to the supreme example!  “Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children and live a life of love, just a Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Sexual purity is required of those who imitate God.  God desires us to live a life that follows the pattern He set for them.  God made man to be a sexual being and chose to give man the responsibility and ability to be fruitful and multiply.  He designed this sexual union to take place between a man and a woman who would be committed to each other in this life.  Any sexual conduct outside of marriage between a man and a woman is considered immoral by God.  (Ephesians 5:3-5)  It is also considered idolatry and no idolater will inherit the kingdom of God!

To aid us in imitating God, God Himself has given us the Holy Spirit.  We are commanded to be filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit.  This keeps us focused on the Lord and gives us spiritual power to live a life pleasing to God in all aspects.  As the Holy Spirit is submitted to God the Father and Christ, so we must submit to one another.  There is perfect unity in the Holy Trinity.  God desires this unity in our homes and marriages.

Wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord.  (Ephesians 5:22)  Christ has set the husband over the wife in authority to bring order to the home.  Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.  (Ephesians 5:25)  As we obey the Lord and live a life full of the Holy Spirit, God uses the proper order in the home as an example of Christ and His bride the Church!  (Ephesians 5:32)  This enables the children to see an example that they will imitate as well!  Lord, fill us with your Holy Spirit!

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