Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Philippians 1, 2, 3, 4
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, December 6, 2018
Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
27 “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
5 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
10 “… that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 3:12 “12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
20 “… our citizenship is in heaven.”
Philippians 4:11 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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 fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
“… our citizenship is in heaven.”
Wow! What a thought to meditate upon! “Our citizenship is in heaven.”
Our citizenship is in heaven…
Our CITIZENSHIP is in heaven.
Our citizenship is in HEAVEN!
Ephesians 2:6 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…” Paul wrote both of these verses, one echoing the other. Understanding that “positionally” we are seated in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus… We are citizens of heaven. That is true, positionally… it’s a fact… that will be fully realized… eventually…
But… it is still true… we ARE seated in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus… AND, we ARE citizens of heaven… while still here on earth.
True is true, regardless of our “reality” or even our beliefs about that!
(I just renewed my driver’s license recently… I should have put down Heaven” as the state in which I live! Lol)
Lord, thank You for the book of Philippians. So, so, so encouraging! Water to my soul!