Week 4 Day 1

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“It is good to praise Yahweh, to sing praise to Your name, Most High, to declare Your faithful love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night, with a ten-stringed harp and the music of a lyre.

For You have made me rejoice, LORD, by what You have done; I will shout for joy because of the works of Your hands.  How magnificent are Your works, LORD, how profound Your thoughts!” Psalm 92:1-5

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.

Agree and Rejoice-Philippians Chapter 4:2-7

What does Paul tell two women, in particular to do?  (4:2)

How does Paul describe the character of these women? (4:3)

Who does Paul ask to help these women agree in the Lord? (4:3)

What does he ask them to do? (4:3)

Who else does Paul say contended for the gospel at his side? (4:3)

Immediately after instructing believers to agree with one another in the Lord, Paul’s next instruction is to rejoice.  Read through the next two verses with a prayerful spirit.

When does Paul tell the Philippians to rejoice? (4:4)

How many times does he tell them? (4:4)

What does Paul tell the Philippians to make known to everyone?  (4:5)

How do we show grace to those around us?

Why should we show graciousness?  (4:5)

How do you think rejoicing connects with agreeing with one another in the Lord?

What does Paul tell his friends to be anxious about?  (4:6)

What does Paul tell his friends to do instead?  (4:6)

How has Paul modeled this instruction?  Read Philippians 1:17-19 making note of how Paul handled his anxiety.

How do you think rejoicing connects with overcoming anxiety through prayer?

What is the result of praying instead of worrying?  (4:7)

What kind of peace? (4:7)

  1.  The kind that surpasses every thought
  2. The kind that will guard your heart in Christ Jesus
  3. The kind that will guard your mind in Christ Jesus

Personal Reflections

Does Paul’s instruction to agree in the Lord apply to believers who are ministering in the church today?  Do we minister out of strife and envy? (1:15) Do we secretly consider our ways to be better than those around us?  (2:3-4)

Read Matthew 20:20-28

What is your initial reaction to the mother and her sons?  Is the ministry God has called you to recognized as self-less or as self-righteous?  Are you known to contend for the gospel at Christ’s side or to consider your ways to be better than those around you?

Think about whom you might need to reconcile with today.  If you have time, look up some verses that deal with reconciliation and pray through them asking the Lord to give you the words and courage to make your relationship right with other children of God.  (Romans 12:18)

 Week 4 Day 2

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