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Joy in the Gospel

Joy in the Gospel
Philippians 1:12 KJV But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 
Through Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, it was made evident, prison was meant to advance the gospel. In spite of the obstacles, dangers, and many disadvantages Paul experienced in prison, there was no hindrance to the spreading of the message of salvation. Paul experienced much sorrow in his journeys with Christ but he was unwavering in his devotion to the Lord.The chains he wore were meant to cause discomfort, pain and suffering but Paul perceived those bonds of iron as the joy of his salvation. His reason for living was summed up in one verse, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
Paul understood that if he died he would gain joyous fellowship with Christ but, the greatest need was to stay and continue in the advancement of the church. Paul lived a fruitful life encouraging the P…

What If?

What If? 2 Timothy 1:7         For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.     
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What if...?” That question has the ability to generate all kinds of fears about the future. Philippians 4:8 commands us to think on things that are “true” and “real.” Events in your future can prove to be neither “true” or “real.” Filling your mind with questions like: “What if I never get married?”, “What if I lose my husband?”,  “What if I never have children?”, “What if my children rebel against God?” can too easily overtake our minds and keep us from loving God as He has called us to do. If we want to overcome our fears, we cannot think about the “What if...” God certainly doesn’t give us grace for our imagination and the thoughts about the future are, at best only guesses. Everything is in God’s hands.
The dread of the future is a thief of your joy. A great lie and deception from Satan is that you cannot enj…

The Ugliness of Envy

The Ugliness of  Envy
Galatians 5:24-26 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Have you ever thought, “I did all the work, and they got all the credit?" Were you needing the praise of menmore than the praise of God (John 12:43)? The world loves the praise of men and they feel they get their credibility from being honored by men. Not so for Christians. We receive our “credibility” from the Lord. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10).
Envy is the emotion when you want something someone else has and are discontented. Jealousy is the emotion when you fear you may be replaced in the affection of someone you love or desire. Jealousy and envy are emotions we all feel from time to time. But, if they are allowed to control our lives, they distort our perspectives, …

The Crucifixion of Christ

The Crucifixion of Christ Matthew 27:27-37
The story of the crucifixion of Christ is the high point of redemptive history and the center of God's purpose for salvation. On the cross is where the Lord bears the sins of the world and  provides salvation to all who believe in Him. The cross demonstrates the grace, mercy, goodness and love like no other event in history can. Jesus is willing to suffer for sinners, to suffer not only the death on the cross but everything that comes with it. The agony is beyond belief. Christ, without rest or sleep, endures the trials, the beatings and the scourging without saying a word. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7 KJV).
Let us never pass over the meaning of the death of Christ on the cross on the way to celebrating His glorious Resurrection (which is worthy of our celebrating). It is the…