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“It is a beautiful place to be ruined by God daily.” (Tammie Head, Lifeway’s Abundance Life Conference, Spring 2012)
Choose how you will dine with your Lord today:
Read Philippians Chapter 3 (Fast Food)
Read Philippians Chapter 3 (Home Cooking)
Read Philippians Chapters 1-4 (Fine Dining)
As you read, again make note of any keywords or reflections as the Lord speaks to your heart.
Beholding Christ-Philippians Chapter 3:17-21
Who does Paul tell the Philippians to imitate? (3:17, Read also Ephesians 5:1-2) Himself and those who live according to the example they have in them. Part of Paul’s heart that is woven into all his letters to his fellow slaves of Christ is his desire to imitate God and to have an attitude that is of Christ Jesus.
Why does Paul encourage the Philippians to imitate himself, other believers, and Christ? (3:18)
What is Paul’s emotional state when he speaks of those who are enemies of the cross? (318b)
Who are those who are enemies of the cross? (1:15, 17; 3:2)
Enemies of the Cross
Believers in Christ
|What is their end? (3:19)||What is our end? (3:14, 20)|
|Who is their god? Their stomach (the flesh-3:3b)||Who is our God? (3:3)|
|What is their glory? (3:19)||What is our glory? (3:20b)|
|What are they focused on? (3:19b)||What are we focused on? (3:14)|
|Where is their citizenship? (3:19a)||Where is our citizenship? (3:20)|
What are we waiting for? (3:20b)
What will He do? (3:21)
How will He do this? (3:21b)
Reflect upon the glory the enemies of the cross share…shame as compared to what the glory believers share…Christ. It is hard to imagine anyone could find glory in their shame and yet is that not what Satan is proclaiming. In contrast our glory is in God who we see by looking in the face of Jesus Christ. John 10:10 states: “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” Both come. One Steals. One Gives. Satan is seeking the very presence of God in our life because he knows that if we ever tap into that presence then he is through.