Tuesday, 12 August 2014

PUT THEM INTO PRACTICE (PHIL 4:9-19)

The Apostle Paul, having ministered the gospel to the Philippians for some time, observed their ways of life and wrote a letter to encourage the church as he left them to continue the work of God. In his letter, he encouraged them to put seven things into practice in their Christian journey in order to obtain the peace of God and for the church to grow and glow.

1.      Put to practice what you have seen, heard, learned and received – (Phil 4:9). It is not enough to hear about the mighty works of Christ through Pastors, Evangelists, Prophets and other Preachers; it is not enough to see miracles and testimonies, it is not enough to learn from the teachings; you have to receive them and put them into practice.


2.      Keep On With Your Generosity: In verse 10,15 &16, Paul expressed his heartfelt appreciation about the generosity of the Philippians who assisted him and gave freely even when he left them and was ministering at Macedonia and Thessalonica. This act also, he encouraged them to put into practice.

3.      Be Content (Verse 11-13): One critical point Paul stressed was learning to be content whether in need or in abundance, whether in good times or bad times. You must learn to be content and put your faith in God regardless of the situations we find ourselves. Situations may change but God’s plan doesn’t change.

4.      Total Reliance on God (verse 13): Just as Paul totally relied on God and did amazing works, so did he encourage the Philippians to totally rely on God. He said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. By strength can we prevail in our Christian journey. Put these things into practice and you see the glory of God in your life.

5.      Care and share in one another’s troubles (verse 14-15). The Philippians, a nursery church by then, was the only church that continually and willingly shared and assisted Paul when he left them and ministered in Macedonia and as far as Thessalonica. Gal 6:9 stresses that we should not be weary in doing good to people especially our Christian brothers and sisters. Put these things into Practice. Life gets better when we live for others and have their welfare at heart.

6.      Your offering goes to your personal account (Verse 17-19): Paul stressed that all the generosities of the church, their sacrifices, and offerings are not meant for the benefit of pastors but what will be credited in their personal accounts. Any time you want to sign a check through prayer and cash some blessings from Heaven, first pause and check how much you have invested. Beloved, your account must not show the red. Put to practice, the act of giving to support people.

7.      God of peace will be with you (Verse 9): Beloved, you have heard a lot, learned a lot, seen many wonders and miracles and seen a lot more, but Paul said, put them into practice and the God of peace will be with you.

I pray that the God of peace will be with you as you continually put to practice all that you have learned, heard, seen and received. You must put these seven things into practice and you will grow from level of faith and maturity to another.
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