Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1
“Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm then in the Lord, my beloved.” (Philippians 4:1)
Paul had a special place in his heart for the Philippians. He prayed regularly for them — “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (1:3,4). Paul was a role model for the Philippians — “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us” (v. 17). He had reminded the Philippians about their true citizenship — “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 20). He also told them about the power of Christ — “who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself” (v. 21).
Paul was preparing the Philippians for the battles they would face in this world. Therefore he wrote these words — “Stand firm then in the Lord, my beloved.” Paul loved these people. Look how he addressed them — “my brothers,” “whom I love and long for,” “my joy and crown,” ” my beloved.” Because he loved them so much, he wanted them to know that life in this fallen world is filled with temptations, disappointments, difficulties, and suffering. So, he wrote to them — “Stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.”
We must realize that we too will face times of uncertainty and disappointment. We must be prepared for the battles we will face. We must stand firm in the Lord no matter what comes our way. Remember that our Lord Jesus Christ is omnipotent! He is our fortress and our refuge.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2).
Lord Jesus, I know that I will face temptations and spiritual battles this day. Let me stand firm in You. I know that You are all powerful. You are with me and You will defend me and give me strength to face whatever comes my way this day.
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