All the Lord’s Word is good and useful and timely. I sincerely believe He supernaturally has us reading what we need when we need to read it.
So MANY times, my morning Bible study has spoken directly to something I would face in the day or a concern I had been wrestling with the night before. (I know some of you are nodding your head in agreement!)
It seems some of those most precious, memorable moments for me in God’s Word have come when He has had me in Philippians.
It’s chock full of hope and joy and gratefulness, despite circumstances.
I’ve needed that in my life many times, still do. (and really do lately!)
And, to be honest, I’m a big fan of Paul. I just love that God chose to use a man with such an ugly past in such an amazing way.
This fact alone reminds me, no one is too far gone to be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Hallelujah! I’m so thankful God didn’t hold my own past against me.
I love God for that, and I think Paul did too. It’s so evident in His words.
Paul also loved God’s people and those in Philippi, in this first church in Europe Paul helped start eleven years prior, held a special place in his heart.
Though Paul was imprisoned, on house arrest awaiting trial before Caesar, he longed to encourage this young group of believers.
The words Paul will use in this short letter are some of the most loved, quoted, and framed verses of the Bible.
They are familiar, oh, but friend, they are also SO relevant and powerful.
Let’s turn our attention to this beloved book. Lets take a slow read and ask the Lord to open our eyes anew to these living words-that for many of us are familiar. May God encourage us as those early Christians were encouraged.
Will you join me? Invite your friends!
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Will you also pray? Please pray for me to carefully study and only write “to the glory and praise of God” (Phil 1:11)
Let’s read Philippians together!