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“I have asked one thing of the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD.” Psalm 27:4
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.
In All Circumstances-Philippians Chapter 4:10-14
Paul rejoices again!! What does he rejoice about this time in Philippians 4:10?
How did his friends renew their care? (4:11)
How many times do we have the opportunity to show our concern for missionaries before they head overseas? We give them money, prayers, dinners, etc. But once they are over there it is hard for us to show our concern. It costs to send packages, etc. Missionaries get sent out with such prayer and support and then we “forget” about them. Paul was thankful for his friends who “renewed their care for him” (Philippians 4:10). May we continue to remember all those who are serving the Lord.
How did they show their concern? (4:14).
How did they share in Paul’s hardship? (4:18)
Why is Paul sharing with his friends about this? Relate this to missionaries today who thank their supporters and give ministry updates? Do they do this to solicit more money?
No. Paul says he is not sharing this out of need (4:11), but wants to let his friends know that he recognizes the work they are doing on his behalf. To let them know it has not gone unseen (4:14).
What has Paul learned? (4:11b)
What does Paul say again he has learned? (4:12b)
In Philippians 4:12, what does “all circumstances” include?
|How to have a little||How to have a lot|
What does it mean to be content? (4:11a) The opposite of needy.
What is Paul able to accomplish? (4:13)
Paul has learned that when he has a little, he can carry out God’s plans, when he has a lot, he can carry out God’s plans, when he has a full belly, he can carry out God’s plans, when he is hungry, he can carry out God’s plans, when he has an abundance, he can carry out God’s plans, when he is in need, he can carry out God’s plans.
How about you? Have we learned the secret of being content (not needing anything) in all your circumstances? Will your one goal of knowing Christ, be enough to help you through (Philippians 3:10; Psalm 27)?
Take a moment to thank God for all those who have supported you thus far on your journey to meet God face to face. Ask God for the strength to be content in all circumstances. Rest in the sufficiency of the goal of knowing Christ to meet all your needs wherever you are and whatever you are doing.