Tag: Philemon 3-7
Scripture reading for July 14th: 2nd Chronicles 15-16, 1st Kings 16, Philemon
Key Scriptures: Philemon 3-7 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.”
Paul wrote this short letter to a fellow-worker in the Gospel who had a church in his home. He commended Philemon for his love and faith and prayed that his sharing of his faith would result in full knowledge of all the blessings of Christ Jesus. Faith is like a muscle, that when exercised and shared grows stronger. God reveals Himself to us more and more as we possess what we already have. Paul had been comforted by the reports of the ministry of this brother and was filled with joy. Encouragement flows from Paul’s heart to this minister.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord, give me open doors today to share my faith in Jesus Christ with love to those You send. As I share my faith, open my mind to know fully every good thing that is mine in Your kingdom.
2nd Chronicles 15:1-2 “The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”
Scripture reading for October 12th: Philemon
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Philemon 3-7 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”
Paul wrote this short letter to a friend, Philemon, who had a run-away slave that was now a believer and a helper of Paul as he was imprisoned. Paul wrote to appeal to Philemon to do what was right by this new convert whom Paul considered a “son”. Paul commended Philemon and his friends for their faith and love for all the saints. It gave Paul joy to know that his friend was refreshing the hearts of fellow-believers. Paul especially encouraged Philemon and prayed that he would be active in sharing his faith. This would bring a fuller understanding to his own life of God’s great gift and His heart of love for all men.
Observations for over-comers: Faith and love are key ingredients in the lives of over-comers. Faith and love energize evangelism and evangelism grows our faith and love! “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)