Week 3 Day 5

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“God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9

Choose how you will dine with your Lord today:

Read Philippians Chapter 4 (Fast Food)

Read Philippians Chapter 4 (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.

Standing Firm-Philippians Chapter 4:1

How does Paul begin to close his letter? (4:1)

How does he see the Philippians? (4:1)

Read the following Proverbs and meditate on how Paul’s love for the Philippians is similar to a father/son, mother/daughter relationship.  Ponder God’s relationship with you and His desire for you to listen to His instructions.

Proverbs 1:8-9 “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a gold chain around your neck.”

Proverbs 3:21-22 “Maintain your competence and discretion.  My son, don’t lose sight of them.  They will be life for your and adornment for your neck.”

Proverbs 4:1-9 “Listen, my sons, to a father’s discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding, for I am giving you good instruction.  Don’t abandon my teaching.  When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother, he taught me and said: ‘Your heart must hold on to my words.  Keep my commands and live.  Get wisdom, get understanding; don’t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.  Don’t’ abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you.  Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom.  And whatever else you get, get understanding.  Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.  She will place a garland of grace on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty.’”

In what manner should the Philippians stand firm in the Lord? (1:27, 3:16)

Personal Reflections

Take this time today to make a list throughout Philippians of what Paul has instructed the Philippians to stand firm in.  What things does Paul say will help them to live a life worthy of the gospel?  Ask the Lord to help you greater understand His love for you and give you the power to live a life worthy of the gospel.

 

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