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    Christian Devotional – April 3, 2020

    Running the Race – #39 Philippians 4:10-11 – But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.Philippians 4:10‭-‬11 NASBhttps://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.10-11.NASB Content. With all the things that are going on around us, how many of us can truly say that we are content. Paul, as he is writing this from prison, speaks these words and indicates that he has learned to be content. It’s interesting that the word he uses is “learned.” He didn’t just automatically…

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    Christian Devotional – April 2, 2020

    Running the Race – #38 Philippians 4:9 – The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.9.NASB Remember learning that peace is the guard of your heart from a couple of days ago? How do we get, not only the peace of God in our lives, but the God of peace in our lives? Here, Paul tells us that if we will do what we have learned and what we know to do, then God will be with us. God will work and move in our lives if we will…

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    Christian Devotional – April 1, 2020

    Running the Race – #37 Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.8.NASB What are our thoughts fixed on? What do we think about? This is a very exclusice list that Paul gives us in this verse, yet what kind of a difference would it make in our lives if we only thought about the things that were in this list? We are surrounded by so much evil and anger and sin that has…

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    Christian Devotional – March 31, 2020

    Running the Race – #36 Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.7.NASB What do you think of when you think of a guard? Often times the image of a big burly security guard comes to mind. Or even some elaborate security system or uniformed officer is what we picture as a guard. Yet what does Paul mention here that will guard our hearts and minds? Peace. Not what you would expect to be the guard of our hearts and minds, and yet peace is what keeps us focused on the things…

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    Christian Devotional – March 30, 2020

    Running the Race – #35 Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.6.NASB Anxiety comes with prayerlessness. As we fail to seek the Lord or come to him with our needs and concerns, we experience anxiety. All of our situations that we go through should be brought to the throne of God with prayer so that he can direct us and lead us in how we are to respond and cope and make it through. We can only make it through the situations we go through with his help and…

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    Christian Devotional – March 29, 2020

    Running the Race – #34 Philippians 4:5 – Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.5.NASB Gentleness. It’s one of the fruit of the Spirit that Paul discusses in Galatians. Here, Paul touches on it right after telling the people that they should be having joy and rejoicing in the Lord. Joy and gentleness go together. Not only are they both fruits of the Spirit, but as we have joy in the Lord it changes our attitude and our response to the situations we encounter. We can have gentleness and peace and love and kindness and all the other fruit of…

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    Christian Devotional – March 28, 2020

    Running the Race – #33 Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.4.NASB Rejoice! A command for us to rejoice in the Lord. Not to rejoice in ourselves. Not to rejoice in our successes. Not to rejoice in our family or friends. Rejoice in the Lord. He is what we have to have joy in. Without him we would have nothing that could truly bring us joy. Do we find joy in the Lord or are we searching for joy in our circumstances? Do we find joy in the Lord or are we searching for joy from family or friends? Don’t…

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    Christian Devotional – March 27, 2020

    Running the Race – #32 Philippians 4:2-3 – I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:2‭-‬3 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.2-3.NASB Live in harmony. Apparently there had been some issues with these two individuals being upset and frustrated with one another, to the point where even Paul, in prison, had heard about it. You know, we could substitute just about any two names into…

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    Christian Devotional – March 26, 2020

    Running the Race – #32 Philippians 4:1 – Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. Philippians 4:1 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.4.1.NASB Stand firm in the Lord. This is not the only time Paul talks to us about the importance of standing firm. He discusses this in several other books including Galatians. Paul is not wanting us to go out and fight the Christian fight. What he’s asking us to do is to stand firm on the Christian principles and the truths of who Christ is. We don’t need to fight the fight, God has already done…

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    Christian Devotional – March 25, 2020

    Running the Race – #31 Philippians 3:20-21 – For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20‭-‬21 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.3.20-21.NASB Our citizenship is in heaven, isn’t that wonderful! Whether we live in a wonderful country or not, we can rest assured that our first citizenship is with the King of kings. He is the one who will transform everything one day. Are we living like we…