Daily Scripture & Questions
Philippians 3-4 In 3:2-11, there are two different groups. One of the groups has confidence in the flesh, and the other is the group that glories in Christ Jesus and in the righteousness that comes through faith in Him. How does the contrast between these two groups reflect the common tension we see in many people today – namely, I’m good enough or I’m religious enough so that I can stand before God? Is this really true that we can stand before God in our own righteousness? Define “those who press on toward the goal” (3:14) in contrast with those whose “end is destruction” (5:19). Who are people whose example you are following now (3:17)? Are you an example of someone running the race? Are you in a conflict situation that needs mediation (4:2-3)? How does prayer bring peace and overcome anxiety (4:6-7)? Why is it so important to direct our thoughts as described in 4:8? Have you learned how to be content in all circumstances through Jesus who strengthens you (4:1-13)?
Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions
Read Philippians 4:4-13. How are we to deal with anxiety? Where are we to fix our thoughts? What is the key to learning contentment? How are you doing in these areas?
Biblical Prayer Focus
Psalm 30:11-12 “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”
Thank the Lord for any recent turn of events that have moved you from mourning and sadness to dancing and gladness. Give thanks for the Lord’s answers to prayer and for all the blessings He bestows even for which we don’t even ask.