28 Apr Bible Study with Breaux: Week #1 – Joy
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Reflective Memorization: Philippians 1:10
“For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you can live pure and blameless until Christ returns.”
Context: Paul wrote this letter to the church of Philippi from a prison in Rome around 61 AD. As we begin this week’s devotional, there are three things to keep in mind:
– Reflect on what God is trying to say to you.
– Relax in the light of His character.
– Respond to what God is calling you to do.
Scripture: Philippians 1:1-26
Gratitude makes you joyful and that is what Paul communicates in Philippians. Thousands of years later, his words are so timely for this season of our lives. Paul begins his letter by telling the Philippians how is heart is full of joy because they have been his partners in spreading the good news about Jesus. Paul loved these people. Why? Because Jesus gave the command to love others as He had loved them.
When you and I do that, we continue to grow in the things that really matter. When you begin to see the world and other people through the grace-filled eyes of Jesus, your perspective changes. Paul encourages the Philippians to do this by staying focused on what God has called them to do and joyfully do it. Joy is living beyond ourselves.
Paul said the goal of our lives is to inspire others to draw closer to Jesus.
QUESTION: How is my gratitude, or lack thereof, shaping my joy levels?
QUESTION: How will I practice joy today?
QUESTION: How can I use this time to stay more connected to Jesus?