Devotional: ‘Work Out Your Salvation’

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Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Some have mistaken Paul’s words to mean ‘work for your salvation.’ In other words, for us to be saved we must do something that will earn God’s favor. But is that what the Bible teaches? Consider these passages of Scripture –

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Devotional: ‘A Christ-like Attitude’

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Many consider Philippians 2:5-11 to be one of the greatest portions of Scripture ever written. Without a doubt, it is one of the sweetest.

Philippians 2:5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8 And in human form, he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Devotional: ‘Choosing to be Humble’

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Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Some believe that these wonderful words may not have originated with Paul, but actually a part of a hymn sung by the early church. “Carmen Christi” is the title some have given to this song which means – “The Hymn of Christ.” Whether Paul authored these words or borrowed them from someone else, there is a good chance that they were used in the early church to help teach believers about our Savior. Consider the three stanzas of this beautiful hymn.

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Devotional: ‘Considering Others to be More Important Than Ourselves’   

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Pride and selfishness have probably divided more churches than any other sin. For one thing, when we become prideful and selfish, we stop caring about each other. In addition, when we become prideful and selfish, we lose the power of God. It is because of this that we should consider carefully what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi-

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, [reassurance] if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.          

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Devotional: ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall’      

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Philippians 1:27 Nevertheless, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

As you read through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, you sense that there was some sort of division in their church. Later, Paul will mention two women specifically who were at odds with each other. “I urge Euodia and Syntyche to agree in the Lord.” (Philippians 4:2) One translation says “settle your disagreement.” Another one states “live in harmony in the Lord.” Whatever it was that was dividing these two sisters-in-Christ, it was time for them to resolve their differences and start serving the Lord together.

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Devotional: ‘Life is About Serving Christ’

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Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. So what shall I choose? I do not know. 23 I am torn between the two. I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better indeed. 24 But it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my coming to you again, your exultation in Christ Jesus will resound on account of me.

Many believers are ready for Christ to return and take His bride home. We have pretty much given up on this world and we’re ready to leave. Yet, it may not be the time for us to leave. Perhaps the Lord still has something for His church to do. How then do we continue to go on in such difficult times?

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Devotional: ‘Christ is the One Who Gives Me Strength’

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Philippians 1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

This week we have seen how the gospel was furthered through Paul’s imprisonment. From our study we can see three primary points:

GOD WAS OPENING DOORS THAT OTHERWISE WOULD BE CLOSED

GOD WAS USING PEOPLE THAT OTHERWISE WOULD BE SILENT

GOD WAS GIVING STRENGTH TO THOSE WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT BE WEAK

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