Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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. 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. 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.”
We are a work in progress. We are building a legacy as we continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus and serve him. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians is valuable for us as we continue the journey. It provides a prayer for the focus that we need on an ongoing basis. Jesus was intentional and Paul prays to the One who can keep us on track.
Main Passage: Philippians 1.1-11
What is really encouraging about verse 6?
What are those things that distract you from being and doing God’s best? How do you keep them from distracting you?
Sometimes it’s hard to discern God’s best. Ask him for wisdom and clarity and the next steps he has for you.
I liked addressing the reflection yesterday so let’s do it again today. Comment with your own answers to the reflection.
1. Paul is sure about God’s commitment to the Philippians. The foundation for spiritual growth is recognizing that it is God who began a good work in you and will bring it to completion.
2. Distractions used to include my PS4 and smart phone. I discarded both and now I would say that if anything gets in the way then it would be laziness. To combat laziness I have to be mentall strong and overcome it.