• Servants of the Lord Devotional

    Philippians 1:1

    That we are all servants of the same Lord and master forbids us from ever thinking that certain people or deeds are beneath us. It also means that whatever we do, we must do it unto the Lord with our very best. Consider today what it means to serve the Lord in your life. Have you ceased to see your job as a vocation given to you by God? Do you esteem yourself above others? Strive always to serve the Lord in humility and with a true love for other believers. View Resource

  • Servants of the Lord Devotional

    Philippians 1:1–2

    Scripture places a high premium on our love for other believers. Simply put, loving other Christians and treating them with respect is not optional. If we do not treat them well and love them, then we do not know God (1 John 3:10; 4:7–8). We will never love our fellow believers perfectly in this lifetime, but we can try. Moreover, we can repent when we hurt others by our sin, and in love we can work to overlook the minor faults of others. View Resource

  • To All the Saints at Philippi Devotional

    Philippians 1:1–2

    Philippians is well known for its exhortations that we might rejoice always. Take some time today to read quickly through Philippians in preparation for our study. Note how the personal concerns Paul addresses in the letter reflect the joy he had in his relationships with other believers. Ask the Lord that He might deepen your bonds with fellow Christians and that He will help us hear the message of Paul’s letter to Philippi. View Resource

  • Paul’s Gratitude for the Philippians Devotional

    Philippians 1:3–5

    God does not save us to be lone ranger Christians, but He expects us to partner with other believers in order to send forth the gospel. There are a multitude of ways in which we can support our churches, parachurch organizations, local ministries, and so forth to help advance the kingdom. What are some of the ways you can partner with others to proclaim the gospel? Are you fulfilling this call to gospel partnership? View Resource

  • The God Who Finishes What He Starts Devotional

    Philippians 1:6

    Perseverance of the saints and the doctrine of unconditional election go hand in hand. The comfort we find in the security we possess in Christ is also an inherent part of the biblical view of God’s sovereign, electing grace. When we realize that the Lord has chosen us, we can truly believe that He loves us and that He has our best interests in mind. His choice of us confirms that we will be His forever. View Resource

  • The Grace Of Perseverance And Glorification Devotional

    Philippians 1:6

    Knowing that God will keep us in grace inspires us to work out our salvation, obeying Him as evidence that He is indeed preserving us. And when we see someone apparently fall from grace, that is our cue to pray for that person. We do not know whether God may yet restore that person, and we know that the Lord works through our prayers to accomplish His will. View Resource

  • Regeneration Is Permanent Devotional

    Philippians 1:6

    The permanency of our regeneration is something we must not take for granted. Knowing that we have been born again should motivate us to live out this truth by heeding the many warnings in Scripture against unbelief (Heb. 6:1–12). If we do not heed these warnings and repent when necessary, we reveal that we are still slaves to sin and must question whether we have been born again in the first place (Rom. 6:1–2, 15–16). What sins do you need to repent over this day? View Resource

  • Paul’s Love for the Philippians Devotional

    Philippians 1:7–8

    In many ways, it is easier to pray or to give to various churches and ministries instead of doing both. How often do we pray for other believers and gospel defenders without responding to their need for financial support? How often do we write a check and then promptly forget to pray regularly for those to whom we give. Let us do both, as we are able, thereby showing our love for others and our wholesale reliance on the grace of God. View Resource

  • Abounding Love Devotional

    Philippians 1:9–11

    Only by faith do we lay hold of Christ’s righteousness, which alone gets us into heaven. Yet we can also get additional rewards in heaven if we serve God faithfully. These rewards, however, are still grounded in faith because we cannot obey the Lord perfectly. John Calvin writes, “God begins righteousness in us, through the regeneration of the Spirit, so what is wanting is amply supplied … in such a way that all righteousness … depends on faith.” View Resource

  • The Advance of the Gospel Devotional

    Philippians 1:12–13

    Our suffering for the sake of Jesus is actually an occasion for great joy, not for the pain in itself but because it is at our weakest points that God decides to show Himself the strongest. As we consider those who are suffering for the gospel around the world, we should pray that the gospel would go forth in the midst of their trouble. And we should likewise ask the Lord to make us shining lights for Him when we endure scorn for His name. View Resource

  • The Church in Rome Arises Devotional

    Philippians 1:14

    Seeing the truth of God’s Word confirmed can make us more bold in the proclamation of His gospel. As our doubts are assuaged, we see that we have given our lives to One who is absolutely trustworthy, and we are even more encouraged to follow Him. If you are lacking confidence in God’s Word, reading some works by effective Christian apologists can do much to help you become even more sure of the truth of Christ. View Resource

  • Motives for Preaching Devotional

    Philippians 1:15–17

    We must never discount the importance of preaching the truth. At the same time, we must never ignore the importance of having our hearts in the right place when we do so. God looks on both our outward behavior and our inward motivations (1 Sam. 16:7), approving of us only when both of these are directed to the good of others and His own glory (Matt. 12:1–14). What is your motive for serving the Lord this day? View Resource

  • Paul’s Chief End Devotional

    Philippians 1:18b–20

    One evidence that we are truly in Christ is that we make His glory, and therefore the glory of the triune God, our chief end in life. As we pursue His glory and seek to lovingly obey Him in all things, we can be sure that we have been declared righteous in Him by faith alone and that all of creation will know that we are His on the last day. That vindication will be sweet indeed as we enjoy His blessed presence forever. View Resource

  • Paul’s Confidence in the Gospel Devotional

    Philippians 1:18a

    Paul had such confidence in the gospel because he knew it belonged to God and is far greater than any one person’s ministry. When we understand this truth, we are free from bondage to the latest fads that seek to make the gospel acceptable to sinners. If we are faithful to proclaim the gospel simply, clearly, and unaltered, then we can be sure that the power of the Lord will go with it. View Resource

  • Sitting on a Suitcase Devotional

    Philippians 1:18b–26

    When a believer dies, it is natural for the friends and family of the deceased to feel a profound sense of loss. But the deceased, if a Christian, feels no pain since he is ushered immediately into the presence of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). Have you come to the place where you understand that death is a great victory for all those who follow Jesus? If you fear death and are a Christian, remember that to live is Christ, but to die is gain. View Resource