Contentment

David Walls

READ : Philippians 4:5-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (v. 11) In the world of the Greek Stoic philosopher, the world Paul traveled in, the term “content” was used to describe independence, self-sufficiency, and the ability to go it alone. The idea was that the truly wise person was the one who had come to the place in his or her life where they …

Anxiety or Peace?

David Walls

READ : Philippians 4:5-13 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything. . . . And the peace of God . . . will guard your hearts. (vv. 5-7) Reasonableness. What a great word. Are you known to others as a reasonable person? The word describes a “gentle agreeableness.” The opposite would be “quarrelsome.” Reasonable Christians can agree to disagree with each other. A reasonable person can endure or put …

Standing Firm

David Walls

READ : Philippians 3:17-4:2 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. (4:1) Standing firm. What is that about? It’s a command. This is not presented as optional territory or with a “take it or leave it” mentality. It is presented not for us to consider, but to obey. Furthermore, it is written in the present tense. This means that “standing firm” is not to be a …

I Keep on Forgetting

David Walls

READ : Philippians 3:12-17 But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on. (vv. 13b-14a) Paul does not use his imperfections as an excuse to stop growing spiritually. When he talks about “pressing on” he borrows a word from the world of the hunter. The verb means “to pursue” something, as you might if you were hunting deer. In his past, Paul’s zeal drove him to pursue and hunt down …

Are You Perfect?

David Walls

READ : Philippians 3:12-17 Not that I have already obtained this [the resurrection] or am already perfect. (v. 12) Paul’s faith journey was a work in progress. He was confident of his final eternal destination with Christ in heaven, but along the way, he was less than perfect. The word “perfect” means “to meet the highest standard” of goodness and virtue. It carries the idea of being fully developed in a moral sense. It’s difficult to be “on” all the …

It’s about Losing

David Walls

READ : Philippians 3:1-11 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. (v. 7) In the first six verses of this chapter Paul provides us with his spiritual resumé prior to embracing Jesus Christ as his Savior. In his former way of life, Paul was a pretty religious guy. If anyone had an “in” with God based on religious heritage and performance, it was Saul of Tarsus. But that is not the conclusion the …