I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well feed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Why Paul is saying this to the Philippians is not important to what I am writing. But in the verse that precedes these verses Paul writes:
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
Paul is glad the Philippians have taken an interest in him, not because he wants them to take care of him, but because he knows he can lead them to God and Christ and show them the contentment he has discovered in getting his relationship with God and Christ.
This is what led me to write down these verses. Continue reading
In another post I wrote about Matthew 6:1-18 and how I was struck by the simplicity of Christ’s teachings, how all the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount boil down to keeping it simple. Life is simply your relationship with God.
It is a simple philosophy but don’t confuse simple with easy.
Realizing your relationship with God is an ever vigilant lifetime endeavor. It’s tough and takes work and self discipline. Not because God made it hard, but because we make it hard with all our worries, cares and sins.
Get it right and everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, which you will always have to deal with, will fall into place. Continue reading
If you read some of my posts you may know that every morning I read a few chapters of my Bible and I have been doing this for a number of years. I’ve read it cover to cover a number of times. Sometimes I read it in order from page 1 to the end and sometimes I skip around from book to book.
The other day while reading my Bible I got to thinking about how big of a role God played in people’s lives when these books were written and then as the years go by (thousands of them) God has a smaller and smaller role.
I think about the book of Psalms. The whole book is King David talking to God either through poetry or songs. Continue reading
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
When I was younger I use to seek the approval of others as validation of my skills and talents. I used this approval as validation of myself and what I was doing.
We all want to be liked by others.
We are social creatures and need to be part of the pack, the herd, the pride.
Our social order is based on the approval and validation of others. Those most accepted, those obtaining the glory from others are the ones who move up the chain. Continue reading
I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God. Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.
I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God. Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God. Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.
When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art. Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
This verse caught my attention when I read it. What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.
I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price. You think and act of God and you are saved.
I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God. I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
I liked this verse and I wrote it down as a subject for a post. So today I thought it was time to write my post about this verse.
First I thought I would review some commentaries from Biblical scholars to get another point of view on this verse, even though I already had my gut take on it.
All the commentaries had basically the same theme. It was, we are all equal with the caveat, as long as we are “Christians”. They were saying no matter what race or sex or social status, as long as you accept Christ as your savior you’re OK.
Now that was not my gut reaction to this verse. Continue reading