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“The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him.”
A. W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God.
Choose how you will dine with your Lord today:
Read Philippians Chapter 1 (Fast Food)
Read Philippians Chapter 1 (Home Cooking)
Read Philippians Chapters 1-4 (Fine Dining)
As you read, again make note of any keywords or reflections in your journal as the Lord speaks to your heart.
Following Harder-Philippians Chapter 1:1-7
Who does God use to write the book of Philippians (v. 1)?
What do they call themselves (v. 1)?
Can you call yourself a slave of Christ?
What significance does that make in your life?
Who is the book’s first audience (v. 1)?
Does this exclude anyone in Philippi (v. 1)?
How does Paul open the letter (v. 2-4)?
Why is Paul thankful (v.3, 5)?
What kind of partnership do Paul and Timothy have with the Philippians (v. 5, 7b)?
Paul sees himself as a bond-servant. What does this mean? The best definition here is “devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.” On its basic level a bondservant is simply following your master to complete disregard of your own will, emotions, desires.
Do you consider yourself to be a bond-servant or imprisoned? Maybe you are a single parent who is just making ends meet, a home school mom bitter she can’t do what she wants to do throughout the day, a stay at home mom wishing she could go to work, a working mother bitter because she can’t stay home. Whatever imprisonment you see yourself in, take it to the Lord and ask him to help you see it as a blessing. Ask for His help in guiding you into an attitude of serving as a bond-servant of Christ. For God, who started a good work in you, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (1:6) While our God has the power to loose any and all of our chains of bondage, He also has the power to allow us to remain in those chains to further bring Him honor and glory through our circumstances. May we come to know Him more as we become a bond-servant of Christ and bless His name with or without chains.