{Joy Day 14} Holding Fast to the Word of Life

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.  Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.  Likewise you also should be ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 13} God Who Works in You

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13, emphasis added This might be the most joyous phrase in Scripture:  God who works in you {me}.   Every morning I make my to do list and every evening I realize all I didn't accomplish ... as a wife, a mom, a friend, a teacher, a ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 12} Jesus Christ Is Lord

Today is a little different.  As you read the passage from Philippians today, I encourage you to make it your prayer.  Pray for the mind of Christ Jesus and praise Him that He is Lord. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a things to be grasped, But made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 11} Count Others More Significant

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by  being of the same mind, having the same love, being full of accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-4, emphasis added Two days ago we looked at Paul's call ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 10} Suffer for His Sake

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. Philippians 1:29-30, emphasis added Suffer for His sake ... that doesn't sound like great news, huh?  For us, children of God and co-heirs of Christ, we are granted not only a relationship with the Most High God but also suffering for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ.   The two go hand in ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 9} Standing Firm in One Spirit

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.  This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. Philippians 1:27-28, emphasis added Paul was writing to a church he dearly loved, admonishing them to stand firm ... [Read More]