Peace with God (Philippians 4:4)

When we worry, we have a divided inner being, one foot in with God and one foot out, trusting in ourselves. Worry is the problem; prayer is the solution; and three-dimensional peace is the result. First, Paul prescribed peace with God, and he communicated how: “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). Notice that he […]

Joy in Giving (Philippians 4:1-23)

Have you ever worried? Are you worrying right now? When we worry, we misalign our hearts (mind, will, emotions, and spirit). It often looks like this: our minds are focused on the future, afraid that we cannot control it; our wills reside in the present, frustrated that our expectations are not met; our emotions are […]

Serve Like Christ (Philippians 3:17-21)

What is your motive when you serve? Do your sacrificial efforts result in joy? Paul invited the church at Philippi to join with others in community to humbly serve like Christ: “Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you” (Philippians 3:17). […]

Humbly Turn Toward the Goal of Love (Philippians 3:12-16)

What words would those closest to you use to describe how you apply your faith to most relationships? Do you act with a perspective of religion or one of grace? Do you emphasize rules or relationship? Do you condemn or accept a fellow believer exercising a liberty you resist? Are you critical of someone committing […]

Legalistic Accomplishments Become Embarrassments (Philippians 3:7-11)

Have you ever found yourself judgmentally approaching someone caught in their sin? Typically, we carelessly approach a misguided family member we think should know better. We self-righteously share a verse from our favorite translation of the Bible, emphasizing what “true righteousness” should look like, giving little or no thought that our relative feels condemned. This […]