I Appreciate You!

Bringing it to Completion
Philippians 1:3-6 ESV

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

My life is blessed by all the wonderful Christians I have known throughout my life who have loved the Lord, who have walked by His Spirit, and who have been partners in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am especially blessed these days by all the wonderful saints of God I have had the privilege to get to know via the internet and Christian websites and blogs. So, I thank the Lord for you all, and I pray for your encouragement in the Lord.

I thank the Lord for all of you who are partners in the gospel of our salvation, who are courageously sharing the whole counsel of God, and who are not compromising truth or diluting the gospel message in order to appease human flesh. I honor you! I value you! At a time in our lives when so many Christians are making compromises with the world, and have returned to walking according to the flesh, you have persevered in your faith, and have stood strong despite great opposition, all glory to God!

Please know that your work for the Lord will not go unrewarded. You may be going through great trials right now because of your faith, and because of your stand for truth, but don’t get discouraged when you see few people turn their hearts over to Jesus Christ, or when those you have prayed diligently for are still walking according to the flesh and have not yet yielded their hearts to Christ. If you are following the Lord with your life, it is He who began this work in your life, and it is He who will carry it to completion.

The Affection of Christ
Philippians 1:7-8 ESV

It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

I can tell you that I have great affection for my fellow Christians with whom I enjoy Christian fellowship face to face, and with those I share in fellowship on the internet via Christian websites and blogs. I love you in Jesus! You are precious to me. You encourage me! I look forward to our times together with great anticipation. There is nothing so wonderful to me on this earth, other than my times of fellowship with Jesus, than the times I have with my fellow Christians in deep fellowship in the Spirit of God. Praise the Lord!

I appreciate your love for the Lord and your commitment to him and to his service and to the saints of God. I appreciate the things that you share about your walks of faith and how God is encouraging you or teaching you from His Word. It blesses my heart! It means a great deal to me that you care about me, too, and that you take the time to encourage me in the Lord and to pray for me, as well. I pray for your strengthening, too.

For those of you I only know via the internet, I look forward to meeting you all one day in heaven face to face. Oh, what a glorious day that will be when we see Jesus face to face and we are forever with our Lord in glory. Amen!

Your Love Abounding
Philippians 1:9-11 ESV

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.

I pray for all of you for your walks of faith and your maturity in Christ and your growth in the Spirit of God. I pray that your love for God and your love for others will abound more and more. I pray that the Lord will give us all much discernment in the Spirit to know truth from lies, and to sense when someone is trying to trick us, or manipulate us, or persuade us to go the wrong direction. For, this is done very subtly and cleverly so that it is not easily detected, so we need much wisdom and understanding in this area.

I pray for you, too, to remain steadfast in Christ, and in His Word, and to not give way to discouragement or to temptation. I pray that you will be totally committed to Christ in every respect and that you won’t have one foot in the world and the other on the side of faith so that you don’t end up becoming lukewarm or vacillating continually between faith and flesh. I pray that you would all walk in purity and that you would not compromise in any respect in this area, but that you will set your minds on things above, and not on things on the earth. I pray all these things for myself, as well.

And, I pray that our lives (our lifestyles) will all be for the praise and glory of God by what we do, what we think, what we believe and what we say. And, I pray that we will live lives which are fruitful for God’s kingdom and that we will impact many lives for Jesus Christ, and that they, too, will walk in Christ’s righteousness and no longer according to human flesh, for the glory of God.

Your Manner of Life
Philippians 1:27-30 ESV

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, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

None of us who have trusted in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives should be living to please our flesh and not to please God. We should all be living lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in holiness, in purity, in truth, in righteousness, and in love for our Lord and for others.

This is not to say that any of us are perfect, but that lack of perfection should not be used as an excuse for continued and willful sin against God in rebellion against him and his purposes for our lives.

Together we must stand strong in our faith and on the Word of God and on the truth of the gospel (the whole counsel of God). For, it is the truth which sets us free. It is the knowing of the truth and the walking in the truth that brings freedom from sin’s deceitfulness.

And, the truth is that Jesus Christ died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us. For, when we trust Jesus to be Savior of our lives, we die with him to sin, and we are raised with him to newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. So, we must no longer walk (live) according to our sinful flesh, but now we must put on Christ and walk by the Spirit in the ways of the Lord (Rom. 8:1-17).

We need to stand together in this for we will be opposed and we are being opposed greatly by Satan and his many hordes. We need to stand united in spirit because we are under attack of the enemy, and we are suffering much persecution for righteousness’ sake. So, we need to encourage one another in the Lord and in his mighty strength, and together put on the armor of God with which to fight off Satan’s evil attacks against us.

And, the Lord will deliver us. He will deliver those who are bound by sin’s deceitfulness, and he will deliver those of us who are being oppressed by Satan and by the sins of others. For, our God is able to deliver us. Amen!

He is Able to Deliver Thee

Hymn lyrics and Music by William A. Ogden, 1887

’Tis the grandest theme through the ages rung;
’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue;
’Tis the grandest theme that the world e’er sung,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

’Tis the grandest theme in the earth or main;
’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal strain;
’Tis the grandest theme, tell the world again,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

’Tis the grandest theme, let the tidings roll,
To the guilty heart, to the sinful soul;
Look to God in faith, He will make thee whole,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

He is able to deliver thee,
He is able to deliver thee;
Though by sin oppressed, go to Him for rest;
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

*Copyright status is public domain

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – Thank You, Jesus, for these encouraging words. And, thank you for the saints of God who are walking faithfully with you.

 

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