I spent my quiet time this morning in the book of Philippians. I read it through. I love this book. The theme that I picked up on this morning was joy. It's funny how when you read some of the books you've read before, how each time you read it, you pick up a different them. One time I read it before and picked up the theme strength. This morning, ever since I uttered my first prayer in the shower at 6:30, my prayer has been joy. Then God brought me to Philippians. He's good, people. God is good. More so than I can even comprehend.
Thought I'd share some of His word this morning. Enjoy!
Philippians 1:9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may life pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ's return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation~the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ~for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
1:20...And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
1:27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together in one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 28 Don't be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only privilege of trusting in Christ, but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
2:1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
3:1 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.
4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again~rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
I hope you enjoyed reading some of His word this morning as much as I did. May His love shine upon you today, and may the sunlight that you see remind you of HIS SON who loves you and wants to delight in you.