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Philippians

This is a collection of devotional posts from the book of Philippians. They are sorted according to when they were written, with the most recent first. To see them in their biblical order, select them from the menu.

Thanking God for You – Philippians 1:3-6

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I have been a believer for 50 years now. God has brought many fellow believers into my life. And I thank God for each of you.

God's not finished with me yet

God Is Not Finished With Me Yet – Philippians 1:6

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Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet. I am a work in progress. Not by my own efforts. But by the one who knows me best.

Love Abounding In Knowledge – Philippians 1:9-11

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Is your love abounding in knowledge that would give you insight into discerning God's will for your day-to-day life? That is Paul's prayer.

Responding to Challenging Circumstances

Responding to Challenging Circumstances – Philippians 1:12

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How do you respond to the challenging circumstance that you might find yourself in? Paul tells us that God can use us even then.

to die is gain. Life at home in heaven

To Live Is Christ and to Die Is Gain – Philippians 1:20-24

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How many of us look forward to our physical death? I suspect not many. But, as Paul said, to die is gain. Because then we are with our Lord.

conduct yourselves in a worthy manner

Conduct Yourselves in a Worthy Manner – Philippians 1:27

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Regardless of the circumstances that you might find yourself in, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

suffering for Christ

The Privilege of Suffering for Christ – Philippians 1:29

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Who likes to suffer? No one! But we have been given the privilege of suffering for Christ. Rather than complain about it, we should rejoice in it.

value others above yourself

Value Others Above Yourself – Philippians 2:3-4

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How do we build up the body of Christ? One way is let go of selfishness and value other people within the body above yourself.

The exaltation of Jesus

The Exaltation of Jesus – Philippians 2:5-11

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This early hymn is one of exaltation for Jesus, one who was fully God, who became fully man, and who died as a sacrifice for our sin.

work out your salvation

Work Out Your Salvation – Philippians 2:12-13

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How do you work out your salvation? With fear and trembling. Recognize that God is at work in you to accomplish his purpose. Work with him.

rejoicing is a safeguard

Rejoicing Is a Safeguard for the Believer – Philippians 3:1

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Paul repeatedly instructs us to rejoice in the Lord. This is a safeguard that can keep discouragement at bay and keep our focus on him.

the surpassing worth of knowing Christ

The Surpassing Worth of Knowing Christ – Philippians 3:7-8

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What do you have in this life that compares to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord? Nothing in this life can compare.

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