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“You do not delight in sacrifice and offering; You open my ears to listen. You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering. Then I said, ‘See, I have come; it is written about me in the volume of the scroll. I delight to do Your will, my God; Your instruction lives within me.’” Psalm 40:6
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.
Sacrificial Living-Philippians Chapter 4:15-20
How does Paul remind the Philippians of their faithfulness to his ministry? (4:15) Paul reminds them of the “good ole days.”
What did the Philippians do when Paul was just starting out? (4:15b)
Have you ever shared in the matter of giving and receiving with a missionary even when others did not?
As Paul traveled, did the Philippians forget about him? (4:16)
Do we send gifts to our missionaries to help me their needs as they travel and find themselves in different situations?
Again, why is Paul sharing this? (4:17) It is not out of need, but his desire is that his friends see the fruit of their own sacrifice. It is not for his selfish gain, but for them to receive the benefits of their giving.
What does Paul say he has received? (4:18a)
Why? (4:18b) He has received what was provided with Epaphroditus.
What did Epaphroditus have? (4:18c)
Now what does Paul tell his friends? (4:19) He encourages them from his own firsthand experience, that because of their willingness to sacrifice their body, Christ will supply all of their needs.
How will the needs of the Philippians be met? (4:19b)
How does Paul close his letter? (4:20) He gives glory to God and Father forever and ever. Amen.
Paul has learned to be content in all circumstances because his goal has always been to Know God (Philippians 3:10). Christ was never “not” content because He spent His whole time on earth knowing God. Knowing God also gives us strength (Philippians 4:13) and enables Him to meet our needs according to His glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
Read Philippians 2:25-30. The Philippians sent their brother in Christ to minister to Paul’s need. So many times we think of money, but sometimes it has to be ourselves. We have to give of our time.
Read Romans 12:1. What type of sacrifice are we and what type of worship does it require?
Our bodies are pleasing and acceptable to God. God does not delight in burnt offerings.
Read the following verses and prayerful ask for God’s help to offer the sacrifice He desires from you.
1 Samuel 15:22