Philippians

The thoughts come from a wide variety of sources. Some from messages I have heard from individuals, some from assembly Bible studies, some from home life and some from books I have read. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher who makes them real to me.
• “Philippians and Colossians,” by William Kelly
• “Philippians,” by H.A. Ironside
• “The Life Application Bible.” Tyndale House and Zondervan

Philippians 1:1-8
Real Interest

How is it that two people sitting in the same place, hearing the same words, from the same person, respond differently? Joy is increased in one person, and bitterness in another. The difference is that some people live by feelings and the effects circumstances have on them, and the other lives by faith in Christ.

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Philippians 1:1
Unified Servants, Saints, Leaders

Philippians has been called the Epistle of Joy. The Christian life is meant to be radiant and joyful. The Lord’s people ought to be a joyful people. The introduction of the first eleven verses is like the avenue leading to a big house. The beginning of the work is recorded in Acts 16:7-10. The Lord’s

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Philippians 1:1
All the Saints

Obedience is a characteristic of servant-hood that is both expected and appreciated. Paul had wanted to go from Mysia to Bithynia, but when the call came to Macedonia, He “assuredly gathered” that he was to go there in obedience to the call. That led him to Philippi and a new work in a new area

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Philippians 1:2
Charis and Shalom

It was by the operation of the Spirit in the work at Philippi people were saved. Lydia, a successful business woman, was religious and had a quiet conversion. A demon possessed slave girl who came from the depths of degradation; a jailor who was a civil servant and was saved as the result of an

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Philippians 1:3-5
Fellowship in the Gospel

The methods of evangelism may change and times change but the task is the same and the basic principles are the same. People-oriented people working with people to reach people. The unfinished task the Lord Himself began, of building a Church, is still going on and we are the tools He is using. The crop

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Philippians 1:3
Every Remembrance

How do we show our gratitude for our brothers and sisters when their names come before us and our hearts are moved to express in some way what they mean to us? We cultivate remembrance by counting our blessings in our association with them. We think back and we remember how God has led us

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Philippians 1:4
Making Request with Joy

God has uniquely designed the local church to respond to the needs of people. As this conviction grows, so does the frustration. Interpersonal relationships within the church with God in worship and believers in fellowship, is the key to fulfilling this role. By misleading, misdiagnosis and legislating commitment, the potential for satisfying and nourishing life

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Philippians 1:5
First Day until Now

Respectful customary greetings are in order when God’s people come together and/or communicate with each other. There is a dignity and respect we owe each other as those who are united in Christ Jesus. Whether it is the grace of God, or the peace that maintains the harmony between divergent people and personalities, God our

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Philippians 1:6
A Good Work

All these things remain true today when we think and pray for all the saints. Believers still enjoy the Gospel. Emotion has its place in us and from us when it is directed toward others. Thoughts of God’s people; the fellowship we have in Christ; the constraint love has on us; the thoughts of our

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Philippians 1:7
In my Heart

It is always a cause to praise the Lord when we know the Lord’s people are sharing in the same grace of God that brought us together as one in Christ. But that grace goes even farther as we go forward in faith together. It is seen in the fellowship we have with each other,

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Philippians 1:9-11
Above the Normal

Believers who share in common their lives with other saints, are interested in the well-being and blessing of others. We can’t help this. It is part of the new nature we have been given by God. There is family feeling toward those God saved and with whom we have fellowship. There is the fellowship of

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Philippians 1:9
Abound More and More

The full knowledge and full discernment needed is a result of the love of God and the comprehensive insight only God can give. Through the word of God, the knowledge of His will and how to apply it to each situation is made plain to us. That abounding love not only gives greater knowledge of

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Philippians 1:9
Abounding Love

There are many good things we can, and should, apply ourselves to. Some things are more “excellent” compared to others. By discernment that comes to us through the scriptures, we can approve certain things as more appropriate than others. As an instance, the worship of God is a very important part of our Christian life.

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Philippians 1:10
Moral Discernment

Beyond even that action is the effect it has on me. My motives need to be pure and sincere in any act or decision I make. The measure of love for God through me toward others should be increasing. That love ministers with God-given knowledge and discernment based on God’s word, not my opinions. The

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Philippians 1:10
Day of Christ

With genuine integrity before God and men I should be committed heartily to do what is right under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. The products of righteousness in life will bring glory and praise to God. When I am willing to do that which exalts God in every part of my daily life,

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Philippians 1:12-26
Bitterness and Blessing

We will not find every situation in life easy. But that doesn’t mean the difficulties of life are wrong. It is in these times when the contrasts of what we have, and what we want, demonstrate our faith and develop our character. There will be places where we find ourselves, in which we can choose

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Philippians 1:12
A Bad Situation Becomes Good

When a prisoner is chained to a guard, we would think that person is a dangerous criminal. Likely if it was us, we would be offended and perhaps bitter that such opposition against us has stopped the work of the Lord in which we were engaged. We may consider that a bad situation. However, there

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Philippians 1:12
Furtherance of the Gospel

The advancement of the Gospel has been on-going since the beginning of this church age. People like the apostle Paul knew the value of getting the Gospel message into cities because people from all around a city would sometime come there. The seed of the Gospel in the cities would then spread through people telling

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