Philippians 2: 6-8, 6 who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. 8 After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Jesus didn’t think highly of Himself even though He had every right to. He was humble and serving. He put Himself to the lowest point of dying a criminal’s death on a cross. He obeyed God no matter where it took Him.
I should never think of myself as better than anyone or that I have more spiritual knowledge than someone else. I should focus only on my relationship with God and with others. Love God, obey God, love others, serve others.
Help me to remember this “code” to live by. Jesus said to love God with all my heart and mind and to love others, this sums up all the commandments. Help me to do this and to obey You always.
Lent to Repent
Scripture for today is Philippians 4: 6-7 and its talking about prayer. To pray always about everything. Don’t worry and always think on things above.
Ann says: Today I will make hard stops to truly pray because prayer is more of a priority than food because the soul is more of a priority than the body.
Prayer is something I know “works” but also I am finding prayer is what keeps me connected to God. Through the practice of counting God’s gifts it is a form of prayer because I am thanking Him for my life continually. Doing this enables me to pray without ceasing like the Bible says to do. I have also learned that by learning scripture it enriches my prayers and my prayer life. When I know God’s character and what He wants from me then my prayers are more meaningful. I ‘m learning that prayer isn’t asking for things but just asking to be in God’s presence. Something funny but true I learned from the movie Bruce Almighty is that a prayer focused on self isn’t really a prayer. A prayer becomes alive and powerful when it’s about God and others.
Day 21- Go about doing good as Jesus did.
Day 22- It’s the sin God hates!
Day 23- True beauty comes from a clean heart that sees God
Day 24- Have faith Jesus is the Truth
Day 25- Fast from your sinful nature
Day 26- Believe Jesus, deny self, walk in the Kingdom
Day 27- Follow the Holy Spirit, return to God
Day 28- True worship connects you to God’s grace
Day 29- You have to follow the Holy Spirit continually to keep fear out
Day 30- Fear is flesh, Faith is spirit
Day 31- Thirst for God and put your hope in Him alone
Day 32- Find God’s light then live in it
Day 33- Live the shape of the cross
Day 34- Stay humble and pray