Stand Fast In The Faith

Philippians 4:1-3

 

 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

 

 

Philippians chapter 4 is my favorite chapter in the entire Bible. So many wise instructions and edifying words that many of us turn to on a regular basis are in this chapter. It is packed with gold and we may spend extra time on some of these verses as we go through. We start out with verses one through three.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the old adage it says of a sentence or a chapter begins with “therefore” we need to go back and see what it is there for. When we look back over the previous chapters you see Paul talking a lot about like-mindedness, being in the same frame of mind as Christ Jesus, being willing to die for the gospel because you kow that there is a better result in heaven.  Those beliefs set the stage for wat is coming in this chapter.

We can tell the Paul loves the Philippians because he calls them dearly belovedand his crown and joy.  He also mentions that he longs for them. What what an awesome greeting this is to begin this chapter. Do you have people in your life that you could say that too? Could I greet them that way sometime? It would probably bring a shock to their system but it would be an honest assessment of how you feel about them and we don’t do that very often.

Therefore Stand Fast in the Lord. I hope we’re all standing fast in the Lord doing the things that He’s asking us to do, walking the walk He has asked us to walk and saying the words He has asked us to say. That’s what’s called standing fast, immovable and unshakeable in our faith and our Witness. I pray on a regular basis that I can live that kind of life everyday

­­­He had greetings for a few specific people and encourages the Philippians to help those people who worked with him in the gospel, especially the woman. I love the fact that Paul mentions a woman that worked with him in the gospel. There are many women throughout the history of the Bible that have been instrumental in and carrying the seed of Christ.  I think of Ruth and Rehab, the most unlikely of women, but used by God. We need to acknowledge everyone who has labored with us through the years. This little portion of scripture shows that Paul appreciated the people that worked alongside him and didn’t mind telling them so and giving them credit. Let’s make sure that we’re doing the same. People that labor in the gospel need encouragement.  I think we all know it can be hard work, and it can really drain a persons spirit. Let’s edify those that are around us and working with us every day to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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