||[May. 19th, 2008|09:30 am]
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:|
Thank you Jesus. What a great testiment to Your faithfulness and goodness towards us.
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
This is a beauitful way to state "may your love for Christ not only result in the ability to discern but also the ability to CHOOSE what is morally BEST (not just good - but BEST). Reminds me of 1 COR 10:23 " All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." Lord, I pray this to be true for me & may i walk in the truth of Your word, In Jesus Name.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
Lord, I pray that the work I do is not of "selfish ambition", that Your will Your glory and Your purpose are the fuel of my dreams and my work. I pray that I preach Christ (through my life and through my words) that I do it in love and not out of strife or envy - I pray that You grant me a heart that truly desires and does love as You love - please may I see life through Your lenses Lord. May I not be as one who does honorable work with dishonorable intentions - from inside out may You make me righteous, may You make me pure and upright in Your sight and before men so that they may glorify You.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Lord, I pray this may be true for me to the uttermost, in Jesus Name.
27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
29 For to you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Lord, I pray that I may conduct myself in manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ and that I may see You in my suffering and be encouraged and follow Your great example,in Jesus Name I pray.