We are to think of ourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself. He had equal status with God but did not think so much of Himself that he had to cling to that status no matter what. When the time came, He took on humanity for you and me! True humility makes us just like Him.
The Word of God has much to say about humility. In today’s passage the call to humility is also a call to unity. When we understand who we are in Christ, it makes us value others who are also in Him.
Knowing who you are in Christ, and what you have in Him gives you a blessed assurance. It helps to keep you humble and helps you to keep pressing on regardless of life’s circumstances. It changes not only your perspective, but your behavior as well.
For everything that God allows in the life of His children He has a purpose and a plan. Even in the times of hardship that we face we must remember that deliverance is promised. That was Paul’s message to the saints at Philippi and it’s his message to us today.
Have you ever taken a ride with someone who was tired and began to fall asleep at the wheel? That’s a frightening experience. The Psalmist writes in the 121st division of Psalms that God neither slumbers nor sleeps. Today’s message will encourage your heart no matter the circumstances of your life.
Regarding the unity of God’s people someone has said, “If we don’t hang together the devil will hang us separately!” How true! Today’s teaching from Colossians chapter 2 is a call for unity. It’s a call for togetherness. It’s a call for the Body of Christ to “Hang tight.”
Today we start a new study in the Book of Philippians. Paul is writing to Jewish believers who were adding unnecessary requirements to the gospel and were causing internal friction among the people. The question which we’ll find in today’s message is one that will resonate within the hearts of many today: Who am I? At a time when self-identity is so sought after, this teaching is tight, and it’s timely.
No one likes to get ripped off. Be it faulty merchandise, unfair business practices or unnecessary requirements placed on our lives. The latter was happening here at the end of Colossians chapter 2. God’s grace is a gift to all who will accept it. Don’t let anyone cheat you by making you do more than that.
Theodore Roosevelt once said: “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” The Apostle Paul would agree. In today message we find Paul contending for the faith- not only for himself, but for others. Yes, the Christian life is a fight, so open your bibles to Colossians chapter two and “let’s get ready to rumble!”
On this Father’s Day the passage in John chapter 10 reminds us all of the lesson Jesus gives us about fathers and family: Dads are like shepherds.
Across the globe different cultures celebrate Christmas in varying ways. Each of us might think others a bit strange, but all of us could learn something from God’s perspective. He’s the One who knows how to celebrate His Son’s coming into the world.
Today’s message is about the benefits of giving. Make no mistake- the believer doesn’t give in order to be blessed, but God in His graciousness chooses to bless us as we bless Him and bless others through Him.
Some of the most rewarding things in life require the discipline of waiting- something we all need to learn how to do. Today’s teaching reminds us of the many benefits we gain when we learn how to wait on the Lord.
As believers we should have that kind of resolve: to refuse to be distracted from what God has called us to do and to accomplish. That’s the message from today’s teaching- Stand Fast!
In a marching band being in unison is vital. That makes the drumline crucial. If we as believers are to march as one, we need to heed our drumline, and according to today’s message, that drumline is prayer.