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Psalm 8:8: The Excellency Of The Lord: “Fowl…Fish… Whatsoever Passeth Through Channel Of Sea””


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

 

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Not only does man’s rule over the animal kingdom involve land dwelling animals but also the animals that dwell in the air and the seas. King David breaks these groups of animals down using the general terms:

  1. “the fowl of the air” including all the birds of the skies
  2. “The fish of the sea” – including all the many types of fish (both fresh and slat water)
  3. “Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas” – This would include any water life that is not classified as fish. Shrimp, crab, oyster, etc etc.

Once again we can see how all of God’s creatures, whether land, air or sea dwelling were given unto man to meet the needs of man, while caring and not abusing them.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all thank the Lord for giving mankind the wonderful gift of nature and the rulership over it to supply all of mankind’s needs!

 

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Psalm 8:7: The Excellency Of The Lord: “All”


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

As King David describes the creation over which mankind was given rulership. In this verse, and the following, he makes it plain that ALL of the animal kingdom was originally subordinate to mankind…

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

Please note, in the case of the sheep and oxen, David is describing animals that are used by man for:

  1. sheep -necessities for living (food, clothing etc)
  2. oxen – manual labor (plowing, bearing burdens etc.)

 

But David goes further. He then lists “beasts of the field” as also being placed under man’s control. This phrase speaks of “a mute, or dumb beast) in other words, those which are more strong willed, less likely to understand the commands of man, and therefore more difficult to control. This speaks of beasts such as (lions, bears etc) which are much more difficult to be tamed and used by man.

Based upon his list, King David names both domesticated animals and wild animals as being placed under man’s rulership.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Let’s take time to stop and consider the great blessing that the Lord has bestowed upon mankind… He created the animals found in nature for the express purpose of meeting the needs of mankind.

Throughout the centuries what would mankind have done without the use of animals to supply their food, clothing, mode of transportation and as the source of much power to labor in the fields and areas of industry?

Many, many of mankind’s absolute life necessities have been supplied by the animal kingdom throughout the years.

Then, stop and think about those animals which are very difficult to tame. Prior to the fall of man, they were completely under the control of mankind. What a sight it must have been to see the lions and bears obeying every command of Adam and Eve!

But also consider that even after the fall, the Lord has graciously reserved many species of animals to remain easily controlled and used by mankind. Following man’s rebellion against Him, He could have allowed all the animals to be wild and very difficult to control. How difficult would it be for man to attempt to use wool from sheep that are as dangerous as lions, or get milk from cows who are as uncontrollable as crocodiles!

However, He graciously reserved some of the animal kingdom to reamin soft-hearted and easily domesticated so that man’s need would continue to be supplied even after the fall.

 

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Psalm 8:5: The Excellency Of The Lord: “For Thou Hast Made Him… And Crowned Him”


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,

Mankind was originally created with a fleshly, human nature that places them lower than the angels who only possess a spiritual nature. This is the same fleshly, human nature that was given to Christ at His incarnation (Heb 2:9).

Both man and Christ (due to their human nature) entered the world CAPABLE of sin. However, mankind willingly committed sin (1 Tim 2:13-14), while Christ successfully opposed sin in His life remaining sinless (Hebs 4:15).

and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

God not only made man with a human nature, but he also made man with “glory” (authority and influence) over the rest of His creation, and “honor” (beauty and respect) from His creation. God made man with a perfect rule over His creation, with creation perfectly obeying man.

Originally, in the Garden of Eden, the creation was in perfect harmony with mankind. Adam and Eve were not faced with animal attacks or animal disobedience to man’s commands, etc. Mankind held authority over God’s creation and creation respected their authority with perfect submission to their commands.

After God had made mankind in an exalted, honored position, but due to mankind’s choice, all of this changed at the fall. No longer did mankind perfectly rule, but now his rule was corrupted and only partially obeyed by creation. All of this lies at the doorstep of mankind. Mankind is fully responsible for this great change…

Ecc 7:29 – Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Psa 14:1-3 – To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In this verse David has reviewed the origin of mankind, their human nature, and their exalted position over creation.

He was created perfectly, yet capable of sin due to his human nature. Although placed in an exalted position over nature, he chose to rebel against God which resulted in his fall.

By understanding this, we can see the Lord’s grace in saving mankind emphasized once again. God made man perfect, man chose to disobey God, and yet God saw fit to intervene and save those who had chosen to rebel against Him!

He has graciously intervened in our lives, saved us and watches over us… even though we chose to disobey Him and mock the very blessings and exalted position we received at creation.

What a wonderful Lord that we serve!

 

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Psalm 8:2: The Excellency Of The Lord: “hast thou ordained strength”


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,”

Here, we find a prophecy given by King David that was fulfilled in the time of Christ’s first coming…

 

Matt 21:14-17 – “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?

And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.”

 

In this Matthew passage, we see Jesus working great healing miracles in the Jewish temple. These miracles were being done to confirm that Jesus was the promised Messiah to all who witnessed them.

Among those present during these miracles were unbelieving chief priests and scribes who were displeased at the accrediting miracles that were being performed by Christ. Keep in mind, these Jewish leaders were unbelievers who were denying the deity of Christ, His divine sonship, His identity as the Messiah, the promised King of Israel.

Also among the people present were the unbiased children who were watching the wondrous miracles Jesus performed. Upon seeing these miracles they proclaimed “Hosanna to the Son of David”, in the midst of the enemies of Christ.

This is the event of which King David spoke. In this event, we see the Lord using the young, innocent children to mightily praise Him. While the “wise” spiritual leaders of the nation of Israel totally misunderstood the identity and personhood of Christ, these young children saw Jesus for whom He was, the true Messiah, the Son of God, the descendent of David who was destined to rule over His people for an eternity.

 

“that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”

Christ used these innocent, unbiased children to proclaim truths about Him that would put to rest all the arguments and words of jealousy and hatred spoken by these spiritual leaders.

Christ describes these spiritual leaders as:

  1. enemies – those who oppose, those who hate
  2. avengers – those who hold grudges, those who seek to avenge

Both of these titles are great names for the unbelieving Jewish leaders of Christ’s day. Who both opposed His ministry, hated Him and His teachings, held grudges and jealousies against Him, and sought to take their vengeance out upon Him.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks let us all praise and honor our Lord for His use of the weak and insignificant to strongly defeat those who oppose Him.

Keep in mind, the Lord does not only use the literal children to bring honor and praise to Him but also all of us who are weak and humble among us. He does this to be a constant reminder that it is Christ working in us to bring about all spiritual victories, these victories are not gained through anything found in us…

 

1Co 1:26-29

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

It is this principle that allows us to be used of the Lord for His glory and honor. After all, are we not all weak and impotent in our acts of service to Him? In that sense, are we not all “babes” in His service and our understanding of Him?

Mat 11:25

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

 

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Philippians 4:21-23 “I Can Do All Things Through Christ”


 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 4:21-23 – “Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. (22) All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household. (23) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Paul’s closing to his letter and our closing to this devotional series….

Salute every saint in Christ Jesus.

 

Paul tells the Philippian saints to embrace and welcome each other in the knowledge we are all members of Christ’s family. This is one of the most prevalent commands that the Lord gives to His people to always love one another…

Joh 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

 

The brethren which are with me greet you. All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

 

Paul sends greetings to the Philippians from those with him… they send their embraces and welcomes to them. Paul who was imprisoned still found fellow believers around him in the household of Caesar.

Perhaps, these are people that he personally had won to the Lord, or else they were previously saved and now were in contact with Paul. In either case, although he was imprisoned by Romans, he still was able to enjoy fellowship with believers around him.

 

 

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

Paul’s parting desire for the Philippian believers was for Christ’s grace to be with each of them.

Folks, if we have God’s grace in our lives what more do we really need? By having His grace, we are assured of His forgiveness of our sins, deliverance from our sins and continual presence in this world and in the world to come.

 

Rom 16:24 – “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

 

 

To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.

This letter from Paul to the Philippians was written from Rome (while Paul was in prison), was dictated by Paul, and penned by Epaphroditus.

Why didn’t Paul actually pen this epistle. Some believe it was because he was in prison and did not have the proper materials to write a letter, but most believe it was because Paul’s eyesight was very poor and he was not able to see to write.

This second theory would explain why Paul says he personally wrote the letter of Galatians in large script…

Gal 6:11 – “Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.”

And his poor eyesight may have been the “thorn in the flesh” of which he spoke a few times in his writings…

2Co 12:7 – “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

This closing to Paul’s letter is a very fitting closing to this devotional series as well. My wish for each one of us is to have the Lord’s grace present in our lives on a daily basis, that we might all love one another with a self-sacrificial love, and may we all grow in both knowledge and the application of these truths to our lives.

Thank you so much for joining with me in this devotional study.

 

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Philippians 4:19-20 “God Shall Supply All Your Need”


 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 4:19-20 – “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

But my God shall supply all your need

 

In the context of their sacrificial giving to Paul, he reminds the church at Philippi that the Lord will fully meet their needs. What a wonderful display of the faithfulness of the Lord. When we give of our time, labors, and worldly possessions for the cause of Christ, He will never be a debtor to us. He will always make sure our acts of faithfulness will not go unrewarded.

Psa 84:11 – “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

 

 

 

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

The Lord is able to supply any need which we may have, because He literally owns all material things eternally. Nothing can stop His delivery of these needs to us because He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present.

Psa 104:24 – “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”

God’s supplying of all the needs of His people brings glory (ie brings praise and honor) to Himself. It is through His work, the creation of this world that these riches exist and are available for His use in meeting the needs of His people.

Every time we say that our needs are supplied, we have to give our Lord all the credit for those needs being supplied. He is the One that is to be thanked, appreciated, and served based upon His love and grace towards us.

Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Paul, finally, emphasizes the need to bring eternal glory to our Heavenly Father for the meeting of all of our needs.

Paul ends this section with the word “Amen”, simply emphasizing the truthfulness of this promise from God and the need to glorify Him for meeting our daily needs.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all recognize and appreciate the divine supplies of the Lord that are active in our lives. Based upon this appreciation, may we all seek to serve the Lord in greater ways and share with others in need the wonderful blessings He has given to us.

 

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Philippians 4:15-18 “a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God”


 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 4:15-18 – “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Paul continues to address the Philippians sacrificial giving…

Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

 

From the beginnings of Paul’s ministry in Philippi, the believers faithfully supported Paul. Once he departed from them, and moved to other ministry locations, no other church were faithful in supporting him.

The church at Philippi was willing to “push the envelope” and set the example for the other churches to whom Paul was ministering.

For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

Even when Paul was in other cities, ministering to the people there, the Philippians were faithful in continuing to help to meet his needs. They did not believe in the “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” mentality of the fallen world. They did not limit their support to the time that Paul ministered to them. Even when Paul no longer ministered to them, they still had the desire to continue their support for Paul.

 

 

Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 

Paul was thankful for the Philippians’ faithful support, not because he benefited from their support, but because he knew they would be rewarded for their faithfulness to the Lord. His thankfulness was centered upon the future blessings that they would receive from the Lord.

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

Based upon their continuing support, Paul had an overflowing supply of his needs. He is fully supplied, just having received the lastest love gift from Philippi, which had been delivered by Epaphroditus.

Paul describes their love gifts as:

1. an odour of a sweet smell – a pleasing fragrance

2. a sacrifice acceptable – giving of themselves for another in a way that is approved by God

3. wellpleasing to God – very pleasing to God.

Paul is picturing the love gifts of the Philippians as burnt offerings, the smoke ascending to God, being accepted by God, pleasing Him for their faithfulness to Him.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, may we all see the importance of helping to support those who are sharing the truths of God’s Word to us and to others in this world. In a wider sense, we can also see the need to help any of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have a need that we are equipped to meet.

May our love abound toward faithful ministers for Christ and all our Christian brethren among us!

2Th 1:3 – “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth…”

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Philippians 4:12-14 “I Can Do All Things Through Christ”


 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Phil 4:12-14 – “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Paul continues his thoughts on learning to live a contented life (vs 10:11)…

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:

Throughout Paul’s experiences in serving the Lord, he came to understand how to live a humbled, depressed life. He also had learned how to live a life in which his needs were more than met, as he overflowed with the necessities of life.

2Co 11:23-28 “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”

 

 

every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

 

Paul faced many different life experiences which taught him how to live with all his needs satisfied and, at other times, lacking all of those needs. He was taught how to live with excess and with lack.

 

 

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

Paul understood that it was only through divine intervention by Christ that he was able to remain faithful and contentment in his varying life situations. He could not do this on his own but was entirely reliant upon the empowerment of Christ in his life.

 

Joh 15:4-7 – “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

 

 

 

 

Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.”

He commends the church at Philippi because they shared their possessions with him, to help meet his needs, as he faced the times of lack in his life. Their acts of sharing to meet Paul’s needs were acts of love, grace and concern.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Speaking for myself, there is one section of our Scripture for this morning that is very familiar and interesting… “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

 

This verse is applied in many different ways by teachers of God’s word. However it is important to notice that, in the context, being able to do all things through Christ specifically involves being able to remain faithful to the Lord, no matter what our state may be. Whether facing times of lack, or times of great overages, Paul is telling us that, through Christ, we will be able to make it through faithfully, and with a spirit of contentment.

May we all take this wonderful verse to heart and recognize our consistent need of Christ intervention in our lives to remain faithful no matter what life circumstances may come our way. It is only through Christ we can retain a spirit of contentment and dedication to His cause as we seek to always please Him.

2Co 3:4-5 – “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”

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Philippians 4:10-11 “Be Content”


 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Phil 4:10-11 – “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again;

Paul overflowed with calm happiness because their concern for Paul had begun bearing fruit once again. Based upon their love for Paul and blessings they had received of the Lord. They were able to resume sending Paul these love offerings which showed they still loved Paul and were financially being blessed of the Lord.

These were the source of Paul’s joy… knowing he was loved, the church there was being blessed, and he appreciated the blessings of love offerings sent to him.

 

 

 

wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

 

Prior to this, although the Philippian church loved and was concerned about Paul, they were not in a financial position to do so. With the receipt of the love offerings, Paul understood they were now being blessed by God financially which enabled them to send the offerings.

 

 

 

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned,

 

Paul emphasized his joy was not simply based upon the receipt of the love offerings. His joy was centered upon their continuing love for him and their current state of financial blessedness.

Paul materialistic needs were not a big issue with Paul. He had learned a very valuable lesson in his service for Christ….

 

 

in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

 

The word translated contentment is a very interesting one. It comes from two Greek words fused together that mean “enough for self” or “sufficient for self”.

No matter what his material needs (things like money, clothing, shelter, food etc.) might be, Paul had learned to possess an attitude that says “it is enough for me”.

Although the basic principle presented here is the need for Christians to be content in all areas of their lives, it especially points to the need to always be content in the material things of this life. This same principle is presented in the many texts that teach us not to crave the things of this world but to always seek first the spiritual things of God for our lives.

1Jn 2:15 – “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

Col 3:1-2 – “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all listen to the very important advice given to us by Paul…. Folks, we need to learn to be content, no matter what our lot may be in this life.

If we stop and think about these things, we will come to an understanding that, in the “big picture”, the things of this world are simply temporal, short-lived things that do not compare to the eternal blessings that await the people of God. May we all keep this our focus in our lives as we seek to give the eternal things of God first place in our lives.

1Ti 6:6-10 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

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Philippians 4:8-9 “Think On These Things”


 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Phil 4:8-9 –Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Finally, brethren,

To bring to completion Paul’s instructions to the Philippians, he presents a listing of things that believers should concentrate on…

 

whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

What is the Christian to concentrate on?

Whatsoever things are…

1. true – actual to fact

2. honest – transparent, sincere, honorable

3. just – innocent, aligns with law of God

4. pure – clean, without blemish

5. lovely – acceptable, beautiful in God’s sight

6. good report – reputable, produces good testimony to others

7. virtue – excellence

8. praise – commendable, good to be encouraged

Folks, these are the things that we are all to keep our minds dwelling upon. When we think on these things, it limits the ability of Satan to tempt us and gradually lure us away from the Lord’s desires for our lives.

 

Rom 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Rom 8:5 – “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

 

 

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:

Paul then encourages the believers at Philippians to follow his ministry that he has presented to them. This includes his teachings, actions and the lifestyle example he has set for them.

Paul had also encouraged them to follow his example in 3:15-21. Keep in mind, Paul was emulating Christ in his life. By encouraging the Philippian believers to follow him, he was encouraging them to follow Christ.

 

 

and the God of peace shall be with you.”

 

When the Philippian believers think on the right things and follow godly examples that have been set before them, it will allow them to enjoy a close communion with the Lord. As they commune with Him and enjoy His presence in their lives they will be peaceful and content. They can know their hearts are right with the Lord and their lives are pleasing to Him.

 

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all keep our minds guarded and dwelling on the Godly things we have seen listed by Paul. In doing so, we will keep our thoughts on Christ, His Word, and the encouraging truths that will keep us close to our Lord and in the center of His will for us.

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