Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Verse for Today - Philippians 4:8 (click to read brief)
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Read all of Philippians 4
The Apostle Paul is beginning to conclude the epistle to the Philippians. In our passage he gives a number of exhortations urging his readers to do the very things that would secure their temporal and eternal happiness. Sin and sinful desires are pesky things. They entice and mislead, and always the deliver the same results. And yet... we find ourselves often sympathetic to their thoughts and desires. What accounts for this? Simply stated: the old man of sin... our inherent weakness... our flesh.
In another place the Apostle Paul states it as plainly as this: Galatians 5:17 "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." If this doesn't match your experience, you are probably not pursuing the things of God as you should.
The Apostle Paul continues his exhortation with a wonderful promise:
9 "Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."