Paul, the Apostle established an intimate connection with Christ with his encounter on the road to Damascus…..it blinded him for some time, and perhaps he never recovered fully. Paul sought to pass this experience onto the disciples as he expressed how much he “cherished” them All. When he wrote the Epistle to the Philippians he used “tender” expressions versus sharper and more assertive language when he wrote to the Galatians.
Why? Bro. Barling suggest that there were “impediments” in his way.
What Were They?
It appears some were questioning his authority…..this reminds us of the Pharisee‘s who likewise did the same to Jesus. There are challenges today to Dr. Thomas’s writings, and Bro. Robert’s authority — in declaring a Statement of Faith for those seeking baptism into the only name under heaven whereby we may be saved. In spite of the prophecies they wrote — many do not see the signs!
There is doubt being cast over a literal creation — over fundamental beliefs of faith — and even total inspiration of scripture. Like, Paul, if we were to write letters to ecclesia’s today….some letters would show a difference as well…..Paul was thankful for the kindness of the Philippians…..it was a part of the “fruit of the Spirit” and we should be aware that our attitude either discourages or encourages others.
The Brotherhood is affected by what goes on in the ecclesia’s all around the world…..what will our Lord say when he finds that we have caused stumbling blocks….or added pain to another’s walk in Christ.
Our readings spoke today of doing unto Christ….I was a stranger and you didn’t take me in…..I was hungry, naked, or needed drink and you did not offer me help…..and Christ will say….You didn’t do it to the least of these…..my brethren….so you didn’t do it to me. Depart from me……but the righteous will enter the kingdom with eternal life.
Well done faithful servant…..let us be faithful in the little things…….do we appreciate the little things?
Take time to evaluate……and value the difference.
– T.J. Barling — The Letter to the Philippians — has some good thoughts.
- The Word: Philippians 1:9-11 (steakandabible.com)
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
- Scripture of the Day, 1/16 (sowegalive.com)
For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.
- 2015 Fasting Devotion, Day Eleven (stacylynnallen.com)
We aren’t made righteous by obeying rules, fasting, spending extra time in prayer, church attendance, etc.
- Surrender Your Dream to Jesus by Rick Warren (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
The Bible says emphatically that you can do anything — along with God’s help. You’ll need much more than positive thinking as you pursue your God-given dreams. You’ll need the power of God.
- Nostalgia will not get us into Heaven (richardmansel.com)
We are to be transformed by God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2) and walk by the calling we have received from the Lord (Ephesians 4:1). The Apostle Paul had glory days. Yet, he refused to rest on his past (Philippians 3:12-13).
- Kelly’s Word For The Day~ Press on Toward the Goal (fggam.org)
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
- Today’s Word With Joel & Victoria Osteen – Don’t Be Just “Good Enough” (todaysanewday.wordpress.com)
If you let the enemy tell you that you’re not good enough for God’s forgiveness, then you’re settling for less than God’s victory. Setbacks are part of life, but Jesus said He came to give you an abundant life! If you decide to strive for excellence, there is no limit to what the Lord can do through you and with you.
- Apologetics – Part 2 (kswptim.wordpress.com)
He was the best Hebrew, the best Pharisee, and the best at defending the faith of Judaism. (Philippians 3:5, 6)
- Reach Out and Receive (billboardministry1.wordpress.com)
Reach out for your healing and receive it.
Reach out with your faith to get the power, strength to go forward, and receive it.
Reach out for a better life for you, others, and receive it.
Reach out and touch them who will help you to go to your next level and receive it.
Reach out for the promises that God has for your life and receive it.
- A different kind of resolution (teddyray.com)
The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. Oh, that I would have a greater measure of that Spirit in 2015.