For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. – 2 Cor 8:9
Paul says, your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. He doesn’t say your theology should be the same as Christ Jesus – although it should! But in this passage he says your attitude should be like Christ’s.
Have you ever sat in a church business meeting? A deacon meeting? An elder board meeting? Being of the same mind is a beautiful thing but it doesn’t happen all the time!
Do you have a relationship with Christ where you know he is encouraging you when you are down, exhorting you when you need a challenge, imploring you when you need extra motivation, and urging you to press forward in your life? Christ wants to be all of those for us.
The word of God is able to pierce to the deepest parts of our human nature and change us, but when the Spirit of God takes the word of God and points to the people of God who are living it – that has the greatest impact of all.
Today as continue in our study of the book of Philippians and the last part of chapter 1 which speaks of the suffering God has called us to, I’m delighted to have as our guest Carl Moeller who is the president of Open Doors ministry.
More Christians were martyred for their faith in the 20th century than in any other century. Surprising isn’t it.
We are engaged in a great spiritual contest for the glory of the Lord in the world, and we must not let individual achievements or fame overshadow what can only be done when we are united for the faith of the gospel.
Have you ever been in situations where you felt out of place, you felt like you didn’t belong, and were uncomfortable? You will never feel that when you are with Christ. You will be in the place where you belong, the place you were made for – the presence of God.
When people ask you what you live for, how do you answer? How do you fill in the blank, “For me, to live is _________ what?”
Could you use a good night’s sleep? I bet some of you listening today have trouble sleeping because of worry or fear. What’s the solution? – meditate on the truth of God. Stop meditating on the lies.
The first word of the first chapter in the book of Psalms is “happy.” The last word in Psalm 1 isperish. It is as if the writer is saying, “I am holding out two paths for you. One brings happiness, onewill cause you to perish. Which path will you choose?”
One day, someone asked an extremely rich man how much money was enough to be content and he answered, “Just a little bit more.”
Do you boast in Christ Jesus? Or do you have a tendency to boast in yourself? It’s so easy to slip into self-boasting and to forget that our glory is in the Lord.
It is so important that we hold to these truths about God because there is a law God has built into the universe – we will become like what we worship. We will become like whatever is most important in our lives.