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Take Up Your Cross March 23rd 2015

Are you spiritually centered and maturing?

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11 KJV)

Paul was praying heart felt prayer for the members and leaders of the Philippian church who had sent him, by way of a personal visit from a missionary, a gift of some sort as he was in prison in Rome.  While the object or financial means of the gift was not clearly noted the thankfulness of Paul for this gift is quite evident.  This church was the first church Paul helped to establish early on in his ministry.

Paul encouraged the Philippian church to carry on in God’s work, abounding with love, knowledge, and judgment founded in His commandments and principals, along with a bountiful harvest of righteous fruits blooming in their life for the glory of God and for others watching also bringing honor and glory to God.

Paul encouraged these believers to be without offense until the day of Christ’s return.  This is an important spiritual concept for us to recognize and strive for as well today.  To be found in this manner “that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ…” is to be in right standing or relationship with God when Christ returns.  Paul is encouraging these people to keep short accounts with God not be found living apart from God or in a relationship filled with wedges and roadblocks but having an unimpeded spiritually  intimate relationship with God.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearDo you have a spiritually balanced relationship with God and one that is maturing and growing in grace and knowledge of Him (2 Peter 3:18)?

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