2003-11-16 - Philippians
The Spiritual Mind - Cont'd.
It is encouraging to see that the final support for our being able to experience
joy is the knowledge of and hope in the return of Christ and our transformation.
If we keep our focus heavenward rather than on circumstances, people and
things cant steal our joy. While they affect us, they are inconsequential
on an eternal scale. Its all simply a matter of perspective.
And how do we keep that perspective? By spending time in Gods word.
"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not
sin against you" (Psalm 119:11).
Spending time in prayer. "
pray in the Spirit on
all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind,
be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians
Spending time with one another. "Let us not give up meeting
together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another
and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25).
Spending time encouraging one another with the truth of Christs return!
"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those
who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We
believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring
with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lords
own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the
coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with
the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead
in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left
will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the
air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other
with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
|Theres a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.
||To our bountiful Father above
We will offer our tribute of praise,
For the glorious gift of His love,
And the blessings that hallow our days.
|We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blest;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
||In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore. 5
Even So Come Lord Jesus!
Bennett, Stanford F., Text, "Sweet By and By," The Celebration
Hymnal, Word Music, 1997, #778.
Personal Application: Have you identified any goals in your life,
and if yes, are you taking any actions to meet them? Could anyone watching
you see evidence of your goals? 1
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me run the race, keeping my eyes on
the goal, You - resting those things that might cause me to stumble.
2 In Jesus name, amen.
Baker, Donald, Philippians, Jesus Our Joy, InterVarsity Press,
Downers Grove, IL, 1999, adapted from p. 32.
Ibid., adapted from p. 31
Questions or Comments?