Scripture: Philippians 1-4. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Philippians was written by Paul as a joy letter. Paul and his friends began the church in Philippi during his second missionary journey. Paul had been writing while he was in prison. He speaks about the joy in suffering, joy in serving, joy in believing, and joy in giving. Follow along as we read the Book of Philippians, Chapters 1-4!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God wants us to serve others, and we are to have Christ-like attitudes while doing so. God will help us lay aside our own personal needs and concerns to put others above ourselves. Paul had reminded the people of what they already had in Jesus. We must thank God on a daily basis and live in His peace. Our God will never give up on us. When we are feeling discouraged, we must persevere, remembering God’s love for us. God has many promises for us, and our God is a God of truth! Paul also always looked for ways to demonstrate his faith in God. Even though he was in prison, he did not give up; rather, he saw his bad situation as an opportunity to spread the Good News to others, benefiting other people. Just like Paul, we, too, can look for ways to demonstrate our faith even in the midst of bad situations. Oftentimes, the best way to influence other people around us is praying for them. God knows their needs, and He knows each of our needs. He will supply our needs, in a way that He knows is best for us. We must put our complete trust and faith in our Heavenly Father.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Philippians, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.