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Read Philippians Chapter 4
Paul has encouraged us up to this point to be faithful in showing our love unto the Lord by upholding the true doctrine (the gospel), growing in maturity (not that we can be flawless in every detail), and line up our lives based on God’s will instead of ours.

In chapter 4 as you read, notice how he teaches us that “our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outward circumstances”. Our ultimate joy comes from Christ dwelling with us. Knowing that, we must turn our worries into prayers which gives us peace knowing He is in control. Woo hoo!!!! Our citizenship is in His Kingdom, it is a sure thing as well as our final victory over sin.

Are we growing in Christ continues to be the question over all. We must be careful what we allow to come into our minds for they will result in words and actions. What do you see in verse 8 that we are to program our minds with?

Are we content in the situations we find ourselves. We can be if we are focused on what we are suppose to do instead of a life based on our own “wants” and “ desires”. Paul, a man sold out on Jesus Christ, had suffered greatly: beaten 3 times with a rod 39 times each time, shipwrecked, acquainted with hunger, cold, nakedness, stoned until they thought he was dead, betrayed by fellow countrymen, and chased after by his enemies, and spent a lot of time in prison for preaching. Yet, through all of this, he was focused on the eternal and wanted others to know Christ. He had learned the true secret of joy and peace by imitating Christ and serving others.

The question “Am I growing in Christ?” Am I willing to focus my mind on Him to find joy, peace and contentment.

Although this ends the chapter, I hope we continue to share some favorite verses and thoughts over the entire book. Share your insights.


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11/2/16 10:11 A

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Chapter 3 questions/discussion
Vs. 1 Why was Paul grieved with the new found Christians? Do you ever meet people who teach a doctrine different than the gospel? How would you handle it?
Vs. 4-11 Paul is showing that his confidence in Jesus Christ alone is true instead of based on who he is; meaning his being born in the flesh as one of Abraham's descendants . He once persecuted Christians thinking them to be like a cult. You may recall his experience on the way to Damascus to persecute/arrest Christians. He was sold out on Jesus Christ from that moment on. His life was to serve Christ at all cost.Do you remember how much he suffered for the cause of Christ during his ministry?
Vs. 12-21 Do you feel as a Christian that you have reached the greatest height possible in serving Christ? Paul says though we have a perfect relationship in Christ (born again) that we will always have room for improvement in our daily walk, love and service unto the Lord.
He expressed that when he said (vs14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Just as Paul, we need to look forward with great anticipation to the day when our vile bodies will be changed like unto Jesus. What does that mean to you?

The question is "Am I growing right now in my daily walk with Christ? Do others see Him in my life?"


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Read Philippians Chapter 2 and ask “Am I Growing In Christ?” Is my life shining like a light for Christ in this dark world? I find that this chapter is telling us to MOVE, BE ACTIVE not PASSIVE CHRISTIANS. (a lot to give serious attention too)
1-5 Do I have true joy in serving others, putting them first, rather than seeking to please myself?
6-11 We are to have the same mindset as Jesus; these verses show the unselfish, immense sacrifice he gave for all. God highly exalted him and gave him a name which is above every name and one day every knee shall bow before him and confess him as Lord.
12-14 I just love verse 13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (When we have hearts full of gratitude and love for our God, we will recognize how he is calling us to share in love in service to others. Loving others is one of our greatest expressions of love for God. The world takes notice when we love them unconditionally.
Vs 14 In this verse, how are we to go about serving the Lord. Again, this verse challenges us to shine as lights in the world; in the midst of a cooked and perverse nation


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I AM TRYING TO GROW CLOSE TO GOD. I READ MY BIBLE EVERYDAY AND PRAY. I DON'T WANT TO BE ONE OF THESE PEOPLE WHO ONLY COME TO THE LORD IN TROUBLED TIMES. I THINK WE HAVE THAT TENDENCY. I HAVE A LIST OF VERSES TO READ THE BIBLR IN FULL IN A YEAR.

NEVER GIVE UP!! EASTERN TIME


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10/31/16 11:16 A

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This was one of the 1st chapters I was led to memorize 40 yrs ago! I'm reading all comments now. Will do my best to comment, too. Ty for this study. I love this book.

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10/31/16 10:09 A

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The question for today "Am I Growing in Christ". Am I taking the time to talk to him and line my will up with His? Am I taking the time to feast on His Word and allow it to personalize my priorities?

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Discussion for Philippians 1:12-30

Emphasis on: vs. 21, For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Vs. 23-24 For I am in a strait betwist two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better, nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Oh that I would be and that every Christian in the world would have such an attitude-to be sold out on Jesus!!!! We would burst at the seams to share Christ with the entire world. That is a big mission and very possible as revealed in this illustration....

"It was out in the midwest states, that a small child wanderer into one of those gigantic wheat fields (or corn fields, I forgot which). The parents were terrified as evening was approaching knowing that it was impossible to find the little one alone.The neighbors from all around came to help. As they clasped hands and formed a human chain, they walked a straight line until someone found the little girl. Can you imagine the joy as the message was revealed by "squeezing" their hands as a signal to all the rest that the child was found?
We must work together to share Christ. I may not speak with the clarity of some people, but I can share what Christ did for me when he came into my heart.

When I know there is someone that I need to share Christ with and I get cold feet (fear of rejection), I think of how long eternity is (time without end). This illustration helps me to put it in perspective somewhat. .......
"It a tiny bird came once every ten thousand years to Mt. Everest and raked it beak ONCE across the mountaintop. Then it repeated this same action once every 10,000 years until the mountain was leveled to the ground........(which is impossible, of course)....then eternity would just still be in a very beginning stages. (time without end)
Eternity is a long time (forever long) to be in the wrong place. We must share Christ while we have the time.


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I love what you wrote, Susanski. It is great to read so many wonderful responses from so many.

Don't you think as our love abounds in Christ and our knowledge of him grows that we see the walls of impurities in our own lives? I like to think of it like this; the Holy Spirit shines like a spotlight in our hearts revealing what needs to be confessed and removed and then replaces that with something far more wonderful.

The story was told about a guy asking a goldsmith while visiting a refinery, When do you know that the gold is pure? As the goldsmith continued to skim off the impurities of the boiling pot, he said, "When I see my reflection in it?"
I believe the Holy Spirit continues to work in our lives until we reflect "Christ" more and more.
I am so thankful that He reveals my flaws one at a time so as not to overwhelm me. emoticon emoticon


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10/27/16 12:53 A

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A little heart to heart
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Okay, I'm a happy camper.
After choosing to ask God to 'let the wall come down', meaning removing the THING or SIN that holds me back from growing, two things have happened.
Someone asked me to study Judges with her, and I got an invitation to study Philippians.
You see, I have discovered that the WALL in my life that I feel the most, is the inability to learn easily and retain information. This is a problem regarding my Christian walk, because, I do not do well teaching others, unless I know the topic well myself-and after all, Christianity is about the disciple-ing business. So I asked God to remove this wall for me and I've been making an effort.
The reason I'm a happy camper is because of Phil. 1:9. And I insist on re posting it, because it's so important to me. :)
" And this I pray, that your LOVE may ABOUND yet MORE and MORE in KNOWLEDGE and in all JUDGEMENT that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God."
The capitalized words speak directly to what my prayer was. LOVE IT.

And then the ' sincere and without offense' thing ...how rich is that? It's so hard to KNOW a truth of the Bible and share it without causing possible friction. I really need to work on that. Or perhaps I should say, "I really need to allow GOD to work on that in my life." smile.

This will be My Verse for the next year. It will be interesting to see my growth after having FINALLY asked God for and purposed to seek, wisdom and knowledge.
Hm! -do you just suppose God is speaking to me? lol
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I'm going to print this out and make a few book marks with the verse.
Be blessed!
~Susan




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10/26/16 8:00 P

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Awesome to see such great participation. I just got back from a 2 day get-a-away and I want to reread each answer again. Whew!!!!!!! Keep it up!!!!!!

Discussion for 1:7-11 (Please read first )

Have you noticed that sweet fellowship we have with other Christians not only in our communities where we live but with other Christian spark people? Apostle Paul felt the same with those of Philippi. His message to all of us is ABOUND and GROW in Christian love. As verse 9-11 states, " 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 offense till the day of Christ being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God."
Our love for God and the things of God will increase as we grow in KNOWLEDGE and JUDGMENT. To do so, we must READ AND APPLY God's Word to have greater insight/discernment. Too many Christians today join the world's attitude-"Do whatever......or everyone does..... or that really doesn't matter". We are not to call wrong right and right wrong but to know and take a stand between good and bad, vital and trivial.When we do take a stand, we are not always appreciated, however, the truth must be shared in love, regardless.

Don't you agree that our lives are to be filled with fruits of righteous (approved and accepted of our Lord) unto the glory and praise of God? 1Corinthiians 6:19-20 says What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Have you ever read the book "IN HIS STEPS where a town was challenge by a dying stranger needing help?. The town was turned upside down as many began to ask, What Would Jesus Do before they took actions on things in their lives.Wouldn't our lives be impacted spiritually if we ask the same question daily and many times within the day?

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I believe that life has many aspects that stress us out, such as health, finances, and losing loved ones, ect... God never promised us a rose garden, if we believed. You are not promised a life without pain or stress. Or that once we excepted Christ, we would never fall into sin again. Yet God's door is always open to help you find your way to a better mind set.The bible does suggest a way to live that helps you survive life's sting. Yet the Bible does suggest ways to behave, how to survive certain situations, and comfort in reading it during our trials and tribulations. It is God's gift to us on how to survive this world. It is God's love letters to help us heal from our internal struggle with having a healthy spirit.We can't change the physical world, but we can change how we relate to it. That was the message among many that Jesus told people. God's Word is also tool to understand ourselves, & not react to stress during painful times.Growing into a more understanding person, full of unconditional love for his fellow man, by passing on the love of God.



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Almost every time I read Phil 1:6, I remember visiting my parents and going to church with them. One Sunday as we were leaving their church, the pastor shook my hand and asked how are you? I told him I wasn't doing so good. He suggested when I get to the car that I read Phil 1:6, which I did. This verse is very reassuring!!!!!

I came to know Jesus as my Savior in 1974. I was 37 at the time. I had made a profession of faith 5 years before this with a lady that went to the same church I went to. (I very seldom went to church back then.)

Five years after I made that profession of faith, I realized I was a sinner and I needed Jesus in my life!!!
Three things happened before I got saved.
My Dad wrote as poem and showed it to me because (as he said) I went to church. The last line in my Dad's poem was, Oh God, where is thy salvation? I told him, Jesus was our salvation Dad. I think I was reminding myself of this truth while I told my Dad.

Another thing that happened was I got a phone call in the middle of the night because a friend of mine was in labor and needed me to drive her to the hospital. The hospital was iin Chicago, and I had no idea how we got there or I got back home....except it was the Lord but I didn't understand this at the time. My friend's labor pains were closer and hard. I told her Lord willing we'll get there in time. I think the baby was born less than two hours later!

The third thing happened when I drove my daughters to a Youth for Christ meeting. I went into the bookstore and heard a young man talking to an older man about the rapture. I had no idea what the rapture was so when the young man left, I told the man I had over heard him and the young man talking about the rapture and wondered if he would mind telling me what that is. He told me! This same man "happened" to lead my daughter's Youth for Christ class. So he asked my daughter if I knew the Lord. She told him she wasn't sure.

The next part is so wonderful. This group of teens began praying for me!!

On either January 3rd or 4th of 1974, I heard that still small voice....In the beginning God... All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God....The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Each verse or part of verse was repeated. I went into our bedroom, laid down on the bed and prayed, "Father, please send Jesus into my life to help me with it". He did and He has!! He is the most gentle and understanding teacher I could ever have!!!! Yet He is God of all...



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REALITYSHOWGIRL, After the kids and I have read a chapter through, several times, I begin asking questions like, "Okay, so ...which chapter of John can we find the account of the woman at the well with Jesus? " or "Where is Jesus' first miracle recorded in the book of John and what WAS it?" Now that we have completed John, I am making up Trivia Cards for future games. We have just begun Romans this month.

ALL:
I have DEFINITELY been through MANY challenges in my life...probably too many to list here. I'll try to have a quick run down the list.
Hubby having two spinal surgeries. (and all the months and years and trials and no paychecks that lead up to that.
We have been through 3 , yes THREE bankruptsy's. The first after the first surgery, the 2nd after the 2nd surgery (where we paid it back over time) and the third after losing his job and being off work for 5 years...being BEDRIDDEN for the first six months.
We have a large family, I'm a focus-on-home mother, and we home-educate.
When being told to get on Disability, we filed several times and were turned down each time, even with a lawyer. They expect you to have current doctor reports, but they don't have doctors who will see you without insurance. etc. etc. etc.
In the meanwhile we dealt with HIS father's poor health on dialysis and MY mother's poor health ALSO on DIALYSIS at the exact same time. At the same time as my FATHER'S health in question, my SISTER dying of cancer, and MANY MANY MANY more things.

My weakness is NOT trusting God that everything is going to be alright. For some reason, I've been able to fully trust. But I do have a hard time keeping my hubby's spirits up during these straining times. I DID struggle with guilt over whether I should get a job or not. I certainly felt pressured by outsiders to do so. But being a home-maker and stay-at-home mom was an important principle in our way of following God's plan for us.
I have 3 adult children who live at home and we share in the costs of living together. My hubby has recently taken a part time position as custodian at our church , four hours a day, five days a week, and has been able to regain some strength, and lose some weight which has made him feel much better. He still has some bad days, but THESE bad days are more like GOOD days comparatively. smile.
God lead a family to us who moved in just a few doors down who need a babysitter while she finishes nursing school and begins work. So my kids and I have been working at 'being a blessing ' to THAT family.
We are currently trying to pay down property taxes and after 4 years of worrying we finally got a really reasonable payment plan arranged. Couldn't do it before, because Hubby wasn't working.
Things are JUST NOW beginning to smooth out after 5 years. Nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel. (until the NEXT journey God leads us through.
One of the things that I feel I need to add is that going through all of this wouldn't have been so heartbreaking if the friends and family and church people would have HELPED. We DID have some help, but most of it was from people who we didn't THINK would help, and not the Christians. It was a very disappointing time to watch our fellow Christians leave someone to fend for themselves all alone.
We grieved as we watched many, many people go off on their vacations time and time again, spending obviously EXTRA money, while someone they knew was in dire need. I'm REALLY not saying this to complain. I'm just SHOCKED. It was EMBARRASSING to have to sit and listen to stories of their vacations...while we haven't had a vacation for 5-10 years!
It really sickened us. We'd be without power, without water, or gas...whatever. And there they'd go!
I'm thankful for my dad who gave us money because he knew none of this was my hubby's fault. He had a heart to heart with my husband and admitted to being in the hospital for stress years ago. (we kids were told it was for his heart!). So actually it was my quiet dad, who helped us through the most of it. Sweetheart that he is.
But this experience has caused me to have a new motto:
"Go without SOMETHING, before someone ELSE has to go without EVERYTHING."
For instance, skip paying your OWN water bill and pay someone else's! You know? Little things like that!
Anyway, those are some of my trials. Currently we are dealing with some very poor health issues with my mom, so I'm a busy gal right now.
In everything, find the blessing!
~Susan


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I like it that God can meet us right where we are and make things easy to understand in our own unique ways.

I also don't think I am good at sharing my faith with others cause I don't think I know enough.

I can quote bible verses when I need to, but can't always tell you where to find them.

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It is so beautiful to see my Christian family come together and discuss their personal journey with Christ! As you can see, GOD can take one scripture and give different spiritual outlooks to His children...I think that is so enlightening. I thank GOD for everyone freely speaking from their heart, and giving us what GOD gave you. It took me some time to get my Holy Boldness...To profess my love of Christ among the saved and most importantly, the unsaved. It is important for Christians to stay in fellowship with one another. It is vital to our spiritual growth for us to stay in the word of GOD, otherwise, we will be easily shaken by this world. Do I understand every scripture I read? No. But, GOD wants us to have an understanding of the word of GOD. Keep reading, keep meditating, asking Him for understanding.

There have been times when I have needed a better understanding, and GOD placed me in the right place at the right time. A pastor, minister, or fellow Christian, spoke to me and His word became crystal clear. There is no shame in not understanding, the shame is in putting His word down, and leaning on your own understanding. Keep reading...He will bring us understanding. I pray for GOD's understanding in all of aspects of our lives. I pray we remain open to hearing Him speak to our hearts. We all have unique gifts given by GOD, use them to uplift and encourage daily.

May GOD Bless and keep you!

I'm Too Blessed To Be Stressed!!!


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Thank you so much for your input, SUSANSKI! I too don't quote the bible, but dive into chapters for help. Most Bibles have chapters suggested where to go if you have need understanding of meanings:
Introduction to Doctrinal footnotes-where to find topics.
ex: love of God John 3:16, Grace of God eph.2:8
Even how to study each type of Bible.
Even though I read chapters, I still need others ( even other books, or bible class) with more knowledge than me to interpret things. I will never have enough help to fully understand everything I need to. That's what being human is, I guess. Some people are farther down the path than I , and understand more or understand it differently. I am so appreciative of others opening my eyes to different things that I have missed!
Thank you for bringing up the idea of uniting all online churches. I and UNDER-HIS-GRACE, would like to see all online churches & off unite. Email letters were sent recently, yet no replies.
Have you had any person challenges lately, That tested your faith? I have. We all go thru this periodically thru our lives, that's how we are tested and grow. If you feel comfortable with any situation of this type, we would like to know how you grew thru this experience.

Book Of Philippinans Am I Growing in Christ /my experience coming to Christ:
I thought that I had God in my life, yet hid my love of him in the closet of my mind. my friends whom went to church were very selfish in the idea thinking they deserved God's attention, yet had no relationship with God/ never read the Bible. I too was lost in the world, yet never understood what God could do for me, because I had never gone to church as a child, or read the Bible. It was when I sang out in High school /songs of praises that God came to nurture me. I argued many times with God about the bad in the world. When I finally gave up my control at 58, then did I understand that God controlled my spirit fully. Even after I was baptized, stress or life's sting tests my emotional faith in God. I still am working on fully releasing control of my fears with God's help. If I don't read my Bible enough when something happens, I fall victim to my own self destruction. Even if I didn't release control emotionally, in the end I do learn something that helps my spirit for growth. So I pick up myself, and keep on the path.

We are using this topic just to unite, be positive, and compassionate, and open up dialog on a more personal level. I hope this helps us become aware of all that God's love gives us. And see the many paths of how faith is given to grow.
Thank you for your participation, your sister in Christ, hugs eva.



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My first of My Two Cents.
Philippians 1:1
We need to appreciate the idea that we, as Christians, are a UNIT. Christian groups can have joy in writing to OTHER Christian groups and share in their joys, sorrows, achievements, challenges. We are indeed FAMILY. Wouldn't it be cool to send out announcements to other churches when someone has accepted Christ or become baptized? What a way to celebrate!
1:2
I love that both GRACE-which is probably the most beautiful thing in the world- and PEACE -which is the RESULT of grace- come STRAIGHT from our God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. What a blessing to know that these come directly from THEM and no where else. How personal!
1:3 and 4
My mom always said that when people come to mind, you should PRAY for them, because God may have given you that thought for that very reason.
( I don't remember if I heard this story on SPARK, or my mom told me. But listen to this: One day a thought of someone from another state came to this woman's mind and she prayed for that person immediately and then called. RIGHT THAT VERY MOMENT, the other person had gone down her basement to get something and there was a STRANGE MAN in her basement! She was so freaked out. But somehow it was resolved safely. I can't remember what happened. I think the police were called. And the man was confused about where he was. But THANK GOD for other people intervening in prayer.
I love that Paul prays for the Philippians and is grateful for them. He thinks 'unselfishly'.
1:5
We should praise God for the 'well-dones' of another church or Christian group, and find joy in their achievements and/or good character qualities.
1:6
When we see others' failures we should - first, PRAY FOR THEM, and second, feel confident that this is one more step in their walk toward a deeper relationship. CHURCHES, like individuals, are not perfect. They also can have the 'good work' continued until Jesus Christ returns.

My prayer:
Lord, ANCHOR our churches in You, so we don't TIP in the coming storms.
ANCHOR your people.
ANCHOR the next generation.
In your precious and mighty name, Amen.

Now, PERSONALLY, I find that there are areas I haven't grown in and I have discovered that it is MY fault.
I hesitate to share the gospel sometimes with people because I have little knowledge and am afraid to 'screw it up'. So instead of hemming and hawing...I should have gotten right in there and begun IMMERSING myself in the Word...beginning anywhere, really.
If you want to know more about the basics of the Bible, I have a suggestion which I have applied to my home-schooling family.
In the Answers book by Ken Ham (or one of his books) he suggested the following Scripture references would make a great tract to pass out. So I wrote them on book marks and passed them out to friends and family. Here is the list:
Genesis 1, chapters 1-11. This will give you all the Beginnings. The basis of all things.
Exodus 20. The Ten Commandments
The whole book of John- Jesus life and miracles, death and resurrection.
The whole book of Romans- the gift of salvation through faith
1 Corinthians 15 Spiritual life
Revelation 21 and 22 Heaven

We've been studying these for years now. I decided my kids should either MEMORIZE them, or KNOW them very well. We memorized Ex. 20, 1 Cor. 15 and the Revelation chapters.
After that, I took the longer sections and we read just ONE chapter each school day for an entire month. Kind of like forming a habit after so many days, you really get to know the book backwards and forwards this way.
So that's a tip for those of us who feel like we are at a loss as to where to begin our studies.

At church we have been applying the study of The Walls of Jericho to our lives. Our minister said we EACH have a wall that blocks us from getting closer to God. What is YOUR wall? I decided that mine is having this 'mind-block'...I struggle with learning and retaining things, even God's Word. So I'm asking God to remove that wall and to help me ABSORB His Word in a better way. I KNOW that I am a GOOD TEACHER, when it comes to something I KNOW about. Well, what better thing to KNOW, than God's Word? What better thing to TEACH the younger generation and peers, than God's Word?
So 'get-to-it' I must.
"Let the Walls Come Down!"
So I expect to see some growth for me over these next few months. :)






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When studying the Bible, I may tend to see things in a different way than others do. For instance, my friend and I have begun studying Judges 1-5. We had our first discussion on Sunday after church. She asked me what I thought. And I told her I couldn't get through chapter two without crying. She was shocked-she got NOTHING from chapter two! Here's why I was crying: because the United States is JUST like the rebellious Israelites. God commands, they disobey, they want their own way. Then God 'leaves them to it' and they suffer the consequences so deeply that eventually they turn back to Him. But it just begins over and over again with each generation or so. We are a rebellious people if we do NOT teach our children and the next generation what our mighty God has done for us. Nowadays, it's so bad that people have to come up with alternative ways the world came into being, because they REFUSE to accept God's existence. WE MUST TEACH THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS.
Keep in mind that God judges people by sending other countries in to take over...and that's NOT a good thing. We are facing this RIGHT NOW.
So, yeah. it made me sad.
So, as I'm putting my two cents in about our Philippians study, keep in mind, that I tend to see things in a different light than others. Maybe that's a good thing...maybe not so much. lol
Thanks for the invite and the welcome!
~Susan

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I was raised in a Christian home my entire life, but I did not give my life to Jesus until I was between 17 and 18 when I went to a church youth camp. My grandfather was a pastor for many years, and I always felt he was pushing it down my throat even though I know he meant well.

Sometimes I feel like I am growing, and other times not so much. I feel right now I am kind of at a standstill and slipping back into some of my old patterns.

Sometimes I wonder how can he still love me when I keep messing up. I don't know about the rest of you, but the more I try not to sin, the more I end up sinning.

I know God loves me and will never forsake me, but sometimes I wonder will I ever lose my salvation if I keep making the same mistakes, even I know the answer is no, but it creeps into my mind from time to time.

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I FEEL I AM GROWING. BUT HAVE A WAYS TO GO. I STILL HHAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANXIETY, I FEEL I SHOULD BE STRONGER. I HAVE BEEN READING MY BIBLE EVERYDAY.THE VERSES DO BRING ME COMFORT DURING THRDR TIMES.

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I can't say that I had the comfort of being saved at an early age. I just new I was baptized early, and that there was a God. Considering my mother's opinion about Gov't she never took us to church. So I grew up thinking God's out there, sneaking in church's with friend's families during the holidays, but refusing to release control. It wasn't until I called out to him in praise songs in high school chore that I became aware that God really did exist. Then he walked with me as I argued about the imperfect world we live in. Yet I still didn't release my control. God always allowed me to fail, yet came back to listen once more. It wasn't until I really excepted him at 58, and had gotten re-baptized that I had a real relationship with God, and read the bible for the first time. Because God is purifying us to be with him, God's job in all humans will never end. I feel it's easy to say your not stressed when there isn't any stress in your life at this time. It's when we are in darkness that we learn about yourself, and what God expects from us. It is then that you will see if you allow God to control, have faith & stay calm. Or have your fears take over & stress out not realizing your fate is already taken care of by God.. I feel that I have been growing in God, but that like all people's am far from being perfect. Many times I fall short of my own expectations.


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I love spending time in the word of GOD!

GOD promises in Philippians 1: 1-6 that the good works HE has already begun in us will continually be performed until the day of Jesus Christ. GOD loves us so much that HE promises us a spiritual "safety net" to save us from drowning in our sins. What a wonderful promise! How comforting it is to know I serve a GOD who knew me before I knew myself. Yes, the sacrifice was great, but HE did it anyway. Praise GOD for HIS unconditional love! I will never deserve it, yet HE gives it freely.

I remember beginning my intimate walk with GOD at age 11. It was a Sunday morning, I was wearing a dark green dress. The memory is still vivid in my mind. I felt GOD touch my heart, and I have not been the same since. Like everyone, I face the trials and tribulations of living in this world. BUT, because of HIM, I am not "of" this world. I realize my redeemer lives, HE is my ever present help in times of trouble. Our GOD is so AWESOME!

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I feel as though I became acquainted with the Lord as early as 9 or 10. My aunt gave me a bible and a devotional and to this day I still use them. I have not been as devoted and steadfast as I should have been. I struggle with my faith. In the past three to four years, I have gotten closer to God and I am making a concerted effort to talk to him everyday through prayer and reading the word. God is trying to mold me into who he created me to be when he knit me together in my mother's womb. That's his good work. He will never give up on us and his promise is forever (Matthew 28:20)! When we fall short we ask for his forgiveness and expect it. I'm glad god is patient forgiving and full of loving kindness!

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I feel like I am growing. It is a joint effort between me and god. I try not to engage in works of the flesh and he doesn't do my part. Joyce Meyer talks about this topic extensively.

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(If you missed the introduction, please scroll down to the very last entry, then read this. Thank you)

Discussion Question 1: Based on Philippians 1:6, what is this good work that Almighty God began? How did he begin it? When did He begin it in you? What is his promise in this verse to each of his children? How long does this promise last?

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Along with this verse, Ephesians 2:10 For we are His Workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 1: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
(God ‘s plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ was made before creation of the world began. Sovereign God knew that mankind would sin, yet out of love he chose to create him anyway. His plan was to save any and all people from their sins that would place their faith in Christ Jesus to make it possible to have a eternal and loving relationship with him. Salvation would be God’s work in the heart of man and absent from any self works as explained in Ephesians 2:8-9. His expectation for those saved would be to live holy lives and do good works which he would enable all through the Holy Spirit It is through Him that we can become imitators of Christ). Do you find yourself, as I do, coming up short in this area?)

Praise God, although I come up short in this area, I am reminded here in Philippians 1:6 that he will never give up or let go of me. It says plainly that he will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. How does it make you feel to know as a Christian that he not only saves you but keeps you? Well, how long is he going to keep you? Read on……

God surely is patient, isn’t he? Just think how many times in our lives, we fail to love and serve him as we should. This same verse says- He is going to perform his promise until Jesus returns to get His Children.

What is it that we can do when we have failed to live according to God’s expectations? When we let him down, we feel so guilty, right? 1 John 1:9
This will be discussed later in the week, as well as Philippians 1:9. Please read it.

I HOPE YOU WILL SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS FIRST DISCUSSION QUESTION. YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SHARE WHEN GOD FIRST BEGAN HIS WORK IN YOU- (WHEN DID YOU EXPERIENCE HIS SALVATION AND BECOME HIS CHILD?)

Personal note: I am so thankful that God saved me from the penalty of sin through Jesus Christ near the age of 9 years old. I will never forget that day!!!! I am so grateful that he looks at me as “holy” for he sees that I am cleansed by the blood of His Son. I am thankful that he sent the Holy Spirit to indwell me and make it possible to live victoriously in this fallen world. Although I have this eternal position of holiness, I have failed his expectations to live as I should many times. He has never given up on me and has always got my attention and filled my heart over and over with his love and a desire to please him. The best is yet to come. “I Can Only Imagine” when I see Jesus.


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I AM VERY INTERESTED IN THIS. THANKS ICE

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I have made progress in my life with Jesus, but lately it seems like I've slipped.

This morning in Sunday school the teacher mentioned examining our hearts. I've asked the Lord to help me examine my heart.....it seems like this study is at least part of how He's helping me!!

Thanks so much for your leading this study!!! Darlene

PS I will read Phil 1:1-6 this afternoon or this evening.

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As a child of God, do you ever feel as if you will never make progress in your spiritual life? Does a Christian's spiritual growth depend totally upon oneself, or God, or God and you?
Do you ever feel that circumstances you are facing attempt to rob you of your faith and beliefs?
(circumstances like financial burdens, times of indecision, loss of job, family conflict, failing health, and so much more)
As we look as these questions and more, we will find hope and joy in God's Word. We will find direction and guidance as how to imitate and grow in Christ more and more.
While waiting on me to put up the first question for you and I to discuss t in detail, I encourage you to read Philippians 1:1-6..
If you have time, will you join me in this discussion?. Just check back from time to time and feel free to add comments and questions. If you start at a later date, enter any point of discussion as others will read it from time to time. Thank You.


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