Devotion for Friday, April 30, 2021

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7).

Do you wonder what God is up to?  You have been given the power to become a child of God in Christ.  Yet, though you have this power, you will never be God.  A child, yes, but do not let that go to your head with pride.  Be the slave of the Lord and learn obedience to do all that He says.  Look to the Lord as the lesser to the greater, just as Christ did in His earthly ministry.  He who was equal acted as One who was less.

Lord, this root of humility is hard to grasp.  I seem to always get in the way.  Lead me, Lord, to know that in You alone is all hope and the only future for anyone that is worth living.  Guide me in all that You are doing so that I would learn to trust You above all things.  Let me not be caught up, as the world is caught up, in vanity or pride, but to be in You and doing Your will.  May I learn from You how to be humble and take the place You give me.

Lord Jesus, You acted as the slave of all so that all might have the opportunity for salvation.  Help me not take Your place but follow Your example and be the servant of my neighbor.  Lord, You alone know all that is needed.  Guide me in the way of salvation so that I would learn from You what is needed and learn how to behave according to the Father’s will.  May I be found  faithful to You through all things and for Your sake.  Amen.

Devotion for Thursday, April 29, 2021

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

Here is one of the best pieces of advice Scripture gives for any who truly desire to put on the mind of Christ.  If even it takes you pretending in the beginning, put on the mind of Christ and see yourself as the servant of all.  In Christ, we are slaves until that time the Lord raises us to where He would have us be.  Meanwhile, humbly consider yourself the least of all of those whom the Lord has saved.

Lord, the problem of sin is born through pride.  Pride is what brought the wicked one into rebellion.  Lead me, Lord, by whatever means You choose so that I may be brought through all temptations and know that You alone are God.  Give me the heart of Jesus: the heart of a servant.  Help me to be humble and have the right attitude so that I may grow into the life You have placed before me.

Thank You Jesus for the example You gave which enables me to become whom You are making me to be.  Guide me, O Lord, and let me see the truth You bring.  Help me to learn to live the truth and, as You did, be the servant to those around me.  Whatever it takes, help me become what grace is molding in me.  Teach me how to empty myself so that I may be filled with You.  You know what I need and I thank You for providing it.  Amen.

Devotion for Wednesday, April 28, 2021

“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (Philippians 2:1-2).

When there is a common goal, things do have a way of working better.  When our minds are set on Christ, He is the only ultimate goal worth having.  Set your minds on Christ and hear the truth of the ages come alive in you.  Work together with those whom the Lord has placed you with, knowing that in Him is all hope and the only future worth having.  Come then in unity as the Lord prayed for us to have.

Lord, there is so much contention in this age.  The wicked one sends those who bring division.  Lead me, O Lord, so that I may stay in unity with You and promote harmony amongst the brethren.  Guide me in the Gospel way so that I would not act as a lone ranger, but as one who is in need of what only You and the fellowship in which You have placed me can provide.  You are the Creator and I am the created.

Lord Jesus. Let me not be caught up in worshiping the self, but freely join together with those whom You have joined me together with in order to worship in spirit and truth.  Lead me in the way You know I need to go and then help me go there.  In and through all things, may I be found living under Your direction and doing what is pleasing in Your sight.  Through all things, may Your will and way shine in me!  Amen.

Devotion for Tuesday, April 27, 2021

“For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me” (Philippians 1:29 – 30).

The gift of salvation has been granted.  You did not figure this out, but it has been given to you.  The insanity of the rebellion is the pride that the ego lifts up internally and then dwells upon.  You have been granted the gift.  Give thanks and rejoice in God your Savior.  Yes, you will live in the conflict of this age, but never forget that He has granted to you the gift of grace and by that grace, salvation.

Lord, help me to see clearly so that I may not fall into the pit of pride.  Lead me to follow You knowing that only in, by, and through You am I able to walk this journey of faith which You have placed before me.  Guide me Lord, now and always, so that I may learn to humbly walk with You no matter what may come.  Guide me Lord in the way You know I need to go and teach me to follow You.

Lord Jesus, You have established the narrow road so that as many as follow would walk into the eternal freedom You grant by grace.  Guide me, O Lord,  that I may now and always be led by You in the way of salvation.  Teach me this day what I need to know and help me to hear rightly as You guide me along the way.  In all things, keep me close to You my Lord and my God.  Amen.

Devotion for Monday, April 26, 2021

“In no way alarmed by your opponents – which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God” (Philippians 1:28).

The Lord is lord of all and nothing has slipped from His hands.  It is a lie of the devil that the Lord is fighting to regain what was lost.  We have been redeemed through the blood of the lamb.  As many as believe are saved.  See then that those who remain in rebellion are a sign of destruction.  That is evident and has been since the fall.  Do not be alarmed but do see the signs.

Lord, You have called me and known me from before the time I was in my mother’s womb.  Guide me, O Lord, according to the favor You grant to those who believe so that I may now and always walk according to the goodness You give through grace.  Lead me, Lord, that I may follow where You lead and never be alarmed at the acts of rebellion that take place all around me.

Lord Jesus, You have come into the world so that as many as believe receive the grace You purchased from the cross.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of salvation in order that I would hold fast to the gift You have given me, letting go of the rebellion of the old Adam that remains.  Help me on the upward path to see that in You is all hope and the only future; for the rest is going down to the pit.  Amen.

Devotion for Sunday, April 25, 2021

“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27)

Do you just behave yourself when another is watching?  Do you put on pretenses when certain people are around?  Be consistent in this gift of faith and work toward being the same person regardless of where you are or who is watching.  You are always in the presence of the Lord and He is making of you one who is a child of the Heavenly Father.  Look to where you are going and not where you have been.

Lord teach me to be consistent.  I am influenced by this crazy world and worry about what others think.  Help me to not care too much what they are thinking, for I truly do not know; but help me to act consistently in a manner that puts the best possible construction on the expression of my faith.  Lead me into the life You have promised so that I may, at all times, live in the hope You have given me.  Help me to always stand firm in the truth.

Lord Jesus, You are leading the way for all the faithful.  Guide me this day and work on those places where I am not consistent with what I do in my private versus my public life.  Help me to always see where I need to follow You and then give me a willingness to follow.  Lead me this day, O Lord, so that I would walk where You lead, do what You give me to do and be a witness of the hope You have placed within me.  Amen.

Devotion for Saturday, April 24, 2021

“Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again” (Philippians 1:25-26).

What is the hope of glory?  Is it for yourself?  May it never be!  To live is Christ – Paul just said that – so live for Christ.  May He be the object of what you do.  Abound in Christ and share Him with others so that they may know the glory of Christ overcoming death and the grave.  Be one who is in progress in the faith and sharing with others as others have shared with You the truth of the Lord.

Lord, I am often intimidated by this word and this is crazy.  Help me instead to be bold in faith and live into the promise You give me by faith.  Guide me according to Your purpose to see that in You alone is all hope and glory.  May my eyes turn to You and share what I see with all others whom I meet knowing that only in You is there abundant life now and the promise of life eternal.  Guide me into this new life You give.

Lord Jesus, You have come so that we may have life and have it abundantly.  Guide me this day, Lord, in order that I may speak of Your goodness and mercy to all whom I meet.  Lead me in the way of everlasting life so that I may be one who openly shares Your life with those whom I meet.  Guide me now and always in the truth of Your love so that I am known as one of Your followers!  Amen.

Devotion for Friday, April 23, 2021

“But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake” (Philippians 1:23-24).

Do as the Lord chooses for you to do.  Live according to His will.  The Lord will do what He does through you and it will work out.  You have His promise.  Be guided not by the whims of this world, but by the earnest desire to be on the journey of faith wherever it will lead you.  The winds of this world will always blow contrary to the truth of Christ.  It will be contentious until we arrive home.  Live for Christ as He died for you.

Lord, help me to see more clearly the truth which You have revealed for all to see.  Lead me in the Gospel way so that I would walk according to Your direction and in the Father’s will.  Through all things, help me to be obedient in order that I would do what is pleasing in the Father’s sight.  Teach me what is necessary to and what is not needed.  Guide me to simply do as You would have me do.

Lord Jesus, You have come to lead the way so that we would do what is necessary according to the Father’s will.  Help me not be confused by these things, but to trust that all will work together for good as is promised for those who love You.  Lead me this day to do good, seek You, and love my neighbor.  Through all things, keep my eye on the prize so that I may walk this life in and through faith.  Amen.  

Devotion for Thursday, April 22, 2021

“But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose” (Philippians 1:22).

We are at an impasse.  There is the tug of leaving behind this world of sin and turmoil.  But then, there is the desire to do what the Lord would have us do.  The Lord commanded that we be fruitful and multiply.  He was talking about bearing the fruit He causes us to bear and multiplying His kingdom.  Come then into the reality of His realm and live as He will have you live.

Lord, I am anxious for many things, but You taught Martha to not be anxious for anything, but to chose the better part.  Help me to learn what this means.  Guide me into the kind of life You have chosen for me and grow me in the grace You give.  Lord, let me not be worried about my future, but trust by faith that You have planned all that is needed in order to accomplish what You will accomplish.

Lord Jesus, You came as a willing and dutiful Son doing the Father’s business.  Lead me according to the Father’s will to abide in You and You in me so that I may bear much fruit.  Let me not worry about what this means, but trust that all things are in Your hands.  Help me to always chose You and the Father’s will.  Help me to live according to the promise You have given me.  Amen.

Devotion for Wednesday, April 21, 2021

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Many have heard this Scripture.  Few realize the truth of this.  This world is filled with turmoil.  We struggle against principalities and forces.  Life is in Christ, for He is the author and finisher of our faith.  Apart from Him, we can do nothing.  If you hear nothing else, hear this: the absolute centrality of Christ.  This is not said lightly, but it is the truth.  Live in, for, and with Christ!

Lord, I often take my faith too lightly.  I do not act as if You are above all things, but You are.  Lead me away from being so trivial and into a life that knows You are central to all things.  Guide me according to Your principles to live for You knowing that the day is shortly coming when I shall be with You in eternity.  Guide me always along the way so that where You are, there I too shall be also.

Lord Jesus, You are the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father apart from You.  Guide me, Lord, to live into this life You have made possible for me through grace.  Let me not be afraid of death, for it is before us all, but knowing that You have already overcome death and that when that day comes, I shall stand before You face to face.  Guide me, Lord, in Your goodness to live for You as You have died for me.  Amen.