Philippians 1

Philippians 1: Everything Happens for a Reason

                Paul opens his letter to the Philippians and explains that Timotheus and he are both bond servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul prays the Philippians may be without offence until the day of Christ, filled with the fruits of righteousness. He urges members to speak more boldly, as he has of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul explains that everything happens for a divine reason; “…the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) The reason for his suffering and imprisonment was so others could be more confidence and speak “…more bold[ly]…without fear.” (Philippians 1:14)

                Paul urges the Saints to “…stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation… For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; “ (Philippians 1:27-29) Essentially Paul is telling the Philippian Saints to not worry about what will happen to them or be afraid of the evil. He explains that as followers of Christ, they too must suffer for his sake, however all things work out for a reason. Be not discouraged or upset by the adversaries who attempt to dismantle your belief in Jesus Christ!

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Psalms 27-28

Psalms 27-28

Chapter 27: Be of Good Courage

A Psalm of David.

                “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalms 27:1)

                “…though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” (Psalms 27:3)

                “…he shall set me upon his rock.” (Psalms 27:5)

                David explains that with the Lord we can have His light and salvation. With this light and salvation we have no reason to fear.

                “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalms 27:14) David reminds us that the even in the tough times, we need to be patience and wait on the Lord with courage.

Chapter 28: Save the People

A Psalm of David.

                David makes a simple plea with the Lord to grant his petitions, save his people and bless his inheritance.

 

Joshua 1-2

Joshua 1-2

Chapter 1: Be of Good Courage

After the death of Moses, Joshua takes on the great responsibility of filling the shoes of the great prophet. I think that Joshua may feel overwhelmed, because the Lord keeps telling him to not be afraid and to be of good courage. The Lord commands Joshua to mediate upon the law and the words of the books, that he might be able to follow the commandments.

“…thou shalt mediate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8)

                What can we learn from the above verse? We learn about the importance of study, especially in the commandments of the Lord. We learn that it is important to constantly study, ponder and pray about the scriptures that we read. If we do this we will have a better understanding of the words and know how to act, thus making us more prosperous and successful in our lives.

Joshua begins to prepare Israel to enter into the land of Canaan.

Chapter 2: Spies to Jericho

Joshua sends out spies to the land of Canaan. The two spies come across a house of a harlot who gives them a place to stay. But the king of Jericho finds out that two unknown men came into their land, so he goes to search for them…. but the harlot hides the men on the roof and tells a lie about where the two men had gone in order to help the two spies escape. She asks them for kindness like she had given to them when they come to destroy Jericho… because she trembled at the power of the Lord that led them into the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy 31-32

Deuteronomy 31-32

Chapter 31: Be Strong and of Good Courage

Moses gathers the congregation of Israel and announces that he is old; 120 years old. He tells the congregation to “Be strong and of a good courage…” (Deuteronomy 31:6). The Lord knows that the Israelites will be tempted and do all manner of wickedness, especially in the last days (verse 29)… so he commands Moses to reveal the book of law, which shall be read every seven years at the feast of the tabernacle and shall be “…a witness against thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:26), essentially saying that ignorance is not an option, seeing as the Lord has provided many ways to know of his commandments.

Moses tells the Israelites that in the last days people will hide their face from the Lord and abandon him… and then when trouble comes… they will ask WHERE IS GOD? (verse 17). This evil WILL happen in the “Latter Days” (verse 29).

Chapter 32: The Rock of Salvation

Israel sings the song of Moses; announcing that God speaks to the heavens and the earth. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

The foolish and unwise shall be ungrateful for the hand of the Lord in their lives, for those who don’t know or are doubting “Remember the days of old, consider the ears of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell they.” (Deuteronomy 32:7)

                Israel was known in the pre-existence and chosen in this life by God to be his people. But they forgot the Rock of their Salvation and because of this the Lord sent terror, war and vengeance upon them.

Moses speaks of the nations in the latter days (our current times) that they would be nations “…void of counsel… oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end” (Deuteronomy 32:28-29). Moses is saying that the nations and people in the last days won’t consider the truth and will become unwise, following after their own will and not of God’s will.

The Lord speaks of his almighty power; “…I kill, and I make alive; I would and I heal…” (Deuteronomy 32:39) There is NO other god before the Lord.