December 21, 2014

0 Comments

Philippian Right-mindedness: The Secure Mind

On the surface, the sea is sometimes in chaos and angry when deep down it is actually calm.

On the surface, the sea is sometimes in chaos and angry when deep down it is actually calm.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

The greatest reward we can enjoy while on this earth is God’s peace. This is a mindset that is often difficult to achieve. It is probably safe to say that it is difficult to even understand for most people.

We worry.

We make the wrong decisions.

We suffer alone without taking advantage of prayer and fellowship.

Isn’t this is the opposite of what God wants for us?

It is a little like the ocean. On the surface there can be chaos.
And wind.
And rain.
And waves 20 feet high.
But when we dive down deep – when we get to the heart – there is serenity and calm.

What he tries to teach us throughout the Bible is that no matter what is happening on the surface, we can turn to that inner peace that God provides.

When we adopt The Single Mind by making Christ first, The Submissive Mind by living a life of service, and The Spiritual Mind by turning away from the flesh, we have all the tools to make us secure – to give us peace.

All we have to do from here is take the necessary steps to put it all together!

Paul summarized what it takes to enjoy a peaceful lifestyle in Philippians 4:

  • Rejoice! – Philippians 4:4 – Joy or rejoice is a word that is used extensively in Philippians and is key for a Christian
  • Moderation – Philippians 4:5 – The way the word is used here is similar to love and kindness
  • Just Ask – Philippians 4:6 – Quit worrying and talk to God about what you need.
  • Mind your Thoughts – Philippians 4:8 – The things you think about set your mood
  • Be around godly people – Philippians 4:9 – Being around example setters helps build you up
  • Forget possession – Philippians 4:11-12 – How little or much you have contribute nothing to security in God
  • Christ first – Philippians 4:13 – all of the Philippian mindsets lead us to Christ.

It is no wonder that Paul was able to tell us over and over to rejoice despite the things he had to endure. When our soul is secure and we have God’s peace, the importance of whatever happens to us in the world is minimized.

I have previously written a series on these verses as a recipe for stress-free living – check it out if you are ready to start living like you possess the peace that passes understanding.

Continue reading...

December 20, 2014

0 Comments

Philippian Right-mindedness: The Spiritual Mind

...he will come to us as the showers,  as the spring rains that water the earth...

…he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth…

Let us know;
let us press on to know the LORD;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth – Hosea 6:3

In Philippians 3, Paul starts taking apart the differences between spiritual and fleshly things. If we are going to have The Single Mind and The Submissive Mind, then it follows that we need to concentrate on spiritual things. We want to possess The Spiritual Mind.

The word “spiritual” gets tossed around to the point of it losing its proper meaning. Vine’s Dictionary has this to say about it:

(b) things that have their origin with God, and which, therefore, are in harmony with His character, as His law is, are ‘spiritual,’ (Romans 7:14)

Paul surely would have agreed with that definition as demonstrated in Philippians 3:3-4. He says if anyone should be have confidence in what he has done in this life it should be Paul himself. He goes on to give us somewhat of a resume of his “qualifications.” (Philippians 3: 5-6) He was:

  • a Hebrew of Hebrews
  • circumcised
  • of Israel
  • of the tribe of Benjamin
  • a Pharisee
  • a Persecutor of the Lord’s church
  • blameless under the law

He eventually realized these things were of no value in a Spiritual sense – why? – because knowing Christ has value beyond anything earthly (or of the flesh.) Knowing Christ is where we get the righteousness that is from God. (Philippians 3:9) It will be through Christ that we:

  • know the power of his resurrection
  • share his sufferings
  • become like him in his death

Paul wants us to do anything possible to attain the resurrection from the dead! (Philippians 3:10-11)

Like all of us, even Paul knew he wasn’t there yet. (Philippians 3:12)

But…

The spiritual mind forgets what’s of the flesh and strains forward to the final goal – heeding God’s call the Christ.

This spiritual mind is the one that is mature and thinks about following Christ (Philippians 3:15)

Although we are not there yet, working toward perfection through focusing on spiritual things will insure we get to experience those “spring rains” Hosea was talking about.

 

Continue reading...

December 18, 2014

1 Comment

Philippian Right-mindedness: The Submissive Mind

No kid ever volunteered to be the butler when they played house. Christ taught us something different.

Continue reading...

December 16, 2014

1 Comment

Philippian Right-mindedness: The Single Mind

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel… – Philippians 1:27 It wasn’t […]

Continue reading...

December 15, 2014

0 Comments

How to Take Advantage of Our Bonds

  …faith comes from hearing… – Romans 10:17 When Paul wrote the “prison epistles,” he wasn’t imprisoned in some deep dark dungeon cutoff from the world. Paul was living in his own rent house – he even had visitors coming and going and was teaching them the Gospel! (Philippians 1:12) Since he was under arrest, […]

Continue reading...

September 3, 2014

1 Comment

5 Goals That Will Develop a Winning Attitude

We can make ourselves winners in God’s kingdom with these characteristics

Continue reading...