• The Blessing of Repetition Devotional

    Philippians 3:1

    God is gracious to us in our weaknesses, and, understanding that we are quick to forget, repeats Himself often in Scripture. In many ways, the Bible is a very repetitive book, and that is a good thing. Thus, we should never tire of hearing and reading the same lessons again and again, whether it is in our own personal Bible study, time spent reading Scripture with others, or hearing the preached Word of God week after week. View Resource

  • The Threat of Legalism Devotional

    Philippians 3:2-3

    We are circumcised in the heart when we are baptized into Christ — not in the mere participation in the washing with water but at the moment the reality to which the sacrament points is ours, namely, the moment we trust in Jesus alone for salvation. There is nothing we can add or need to add to our faith to make us acceptable to God. We must simply turn from sin and rest in Christ as our only hope in life and in death. View Resource

  • Paul’s Former Confidence Devotional

    Philippians 3:4–6

    John Calvin wrote, “Paul speaks here of that righteousness which would satisfy the common opinion of mankind. For he separates the law from Christ.” When the law of God is treated as an end in itself, then we start to believe that we can keep it. But if we see it as pointing beyond itself to Jesus, then we trust Him. Afterward, by the Spirit, we begin to fulfill the Mosaic law’s righteous requirement not in order to be saved but to thank God for His grace in Jesus. View Resource

  • The Righteousness of God by Faith Devotional

    Philippians 3:7–9

    Not all of us tried to earn our way to God by the Mosaic law before knowing Christ. Probably, most of us just sought to do the good we could, hoping it would outweigh our bad deeds. Regardless, we had to turn from our own attempts at earning a right status with God when we came to Jesus. But since old habits die hard, we must daily turn from our own efforts to make ourselves right with the Lord and rest in Jesus alone. View Resource

  • Attaining the Resurrection Devotional

    Philippians 3:10-11

    We do not know our route to resurrection. Perhaps we will die as martyrs or simply of natural causes, leaving our bodies to rest in the grave until the last day even as our spirits dwell in heaven until then. Maybe Christ will return while we are still alive and we will not experience physical death at all. Either way, if we trust in Jesus, we will be resurrected, and even now we share in Christ’s resurrection power and by His Spirit are able to resist temptation. View Resource

  • Pressing Forward Devotional

    Philippians 3:12–14

    John Chrysostom, the noted ancient church preacher, says that the pursuer of a goal “sees nothing, he thrusts away all who impede him with great force, he cherishes his mind, his eye, his strength, his soul and his body, looking at nothing other than the crown” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 259; hereafter, ACCNT). We should embrace our pursuit of Christ in this way, that we might stay in faith until the ends of our lives. View Resource

  • Pressing on to the Mark Devotional

    Philippians 3:12–14

    Christians make true progress in their fight against sin over the course of their Christian lives. Yet, we continue to discover new sins we never saw before until we die, and our sin-clouded minds need help in knowing the Lord’s will. This is one reason why we should seek and treasure the teaching and preaching of God’s law. It gives us the righteous standard to which we must strive, telling us precisely what it means to please God. View Resource

  • Playing for Keeps Devotional

    Philippians 3:12–16

    Part of the discipline needed for spiritual growth is regular participation in the local church. Worship on Sunday wherein we hear the Word preached and see it made visible in the sacraments is vital to our long-term spiritual health. But consistent participation in the fellowship events of church life where we are sharpened by mature Christians is another way in which our character is conformed to Christ. Let us all make an effort to be active in our churches. View Resource

  • Playing for Keeps Devotional

    Philippians 3:12–16

    When we place our trust in Christ, we are trusting Him for the long haul. He calls us to take up the cross and follow Him, dying daily to our sin and becoming renewed after His image. He calls us to fight the good fight of faith. In prayer, ask the Lord to sustain your commitment to Him and strengthen you for the battles ahead. View Resource

  • Think This Way Devotional

    Philippians 3:15–16

    Because our Savior is the very truth of God (John 14:6), standing for the truth is an essential part of being a Christian. Yet that does not mean that we break fellowship over everything that we believe is the truth. There are secondary matters over which faithful Christians have differed for centuries, and these matters should never prevent us from working with other gospel-loving and gospel-affirming believers to reach the world for Christ. View Resource

  • The Imitation of Paul Devotional

    Philippians 3:17

    We can learn a lot from the words of those who love Jesus and who teach us His truth. But we can also learn much from their example as they put the teaching of Christ into practice and walk in His ways. All of us know godly men and women in our churches who have followed Jesus for a long time and who mirror His character in so many ways. Let us learn from what they do and say that we might likewise become more like Jesus. View Resource

  • The Enemies of the Cross of Christ Devotional

    Philippians 3:18–19

    Although we are rightly distressed when we see professing Christians pervert the grace of God into an excuse for sin, we should not be surprised that such things happen. After all, if people could glory in their shame while the Apostles walked the earth, they can certainly do so in this post-Apostolic era. But the perversion of God’s grace should be a strong motivation for us to live in holiness in order that others may see what the real gospel produces. View Resource

  • Idolatry Defined Devotional

    Philippians 3:19

    Anything or anyone can become an idol in our lives because whatever we love more than the Lord is, by definition, an idol. Because our hearts are idol factories, as John Calvin taught us, we are all continually tempted to make temporal things into ultimate things, and so we must be on guard against idolatry in our lives. We should periodically assess the state of our hearts to see what we may have turned into an idol. View Resource

  • Our Heavenly Citizenship Devotional

    Philippians 3:20–21

    We are justified by faith alone but not by a faith that is alone. Everyone who believes in Jesus alone for salvation will immediately and inevitably prove this faith through good works of service to God and neighbor (James 2:14–26). These works do not save us, but they prove that the faith that does give us heavenly citizenship is present in our hearts. If we have no desire at all to please God, we do not have faith in His Son. View Resource