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Philippians 3:19 ~ Setting Ones’ Mind on Earthly Things

If you don’t know any other verse in the Bible, Matthew 6:24 is the verse you need to know.  These three things are the principles of discipleship.  You can’t get to Jesus, follow Him, believe in Him, or be His disciple any other way than these three things.

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Philippians 3:17 ~ Paul the Pattern of the Christian Life

God has left us an example; another human being who is weak in the flesh and sold under sin as you and I are.  Paul says, “I have this blessed ministry of this apostleship, which nobody else can have; but what I share through this apostolic ministry is the relationship I have with Jesus Christ anybody can have.” That’s right, Paul presented himself as the normal Christian.

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Matthew 5:43-48 ~ The Correct Understanding of Love Part 2

In other words you are not keeping the destructive process going.  I am sure you have noticed that we human beings, because of our sin nature, have a way of destroying each other through prejudices and hatred and just our own misery.  But Jesus said, No!  The end result of all of this is your function and purpose in life is going to be God’s purposes.  You are not going to be part of the destructive process.  If you are treated a certain way you do not return in kind.  That destructive process stops with you.

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Matthew 5:43-48 ~ The Correct Understanding of Love Part 1

Paul says that he knows that in his flesh is no good thing.  He has tried to keep the law in his human effort but his flesh is weak and there is no good thing in it, only sin, so he cannot keep the law.  He says, “It comes down to this: with my mind I serve the law of God.  I agree with it and I say, ‘I want that to be for my life;’ but I am also saying that I do not have the ability to do it.”  That is the key to it all, “I don’t have the ability to do that, Lord, it has got to be by Your Spirit.”  And going back to Ezekiel 36 that is His promise.  His Spirit will fulfill His statutes and laws.  His Spirit will perform them.  My responsibility is to acknowledge that; not to take it as a challenge for me to go out and do what God tells me to do.

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I Corinthians 15:3-11

By the grace of God I am what I am.
What a great truth. It is not who I am it is what I am.
You might have your weaknesses, you might have your faults, and you might have your sins; but when God’s Spirit comes into your heart He makes you what He wants you to be and it is only by His grace.
The one who is not sufficient to function in any calling is the one He calls because it is only by His grace that we are what we are. And we can look at our failures and dwell on the reality of those failures but the truth of the matter is, in spite of who we are, God makes us what we are. 
By the grace of God I am what I am.

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Matthew 10:34-39 ~ The Cost of Discipleship Part 2

I am going to shed some light here on something that people stumble around because that they do not understand this concept. Loving other people is giving yourself wholly and totally to the Lord. That is how you love people. It is not what you do for them. It is how you walk with Christ.

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Matthew 10:34-39 ~ The Cost of Discipleship Part 1

I want people to see my decision to respond to and be obedient to Christ. And I want them to get upset about that. Because I want them to see their need for Christ; to see that they are walking in rebellion to Christ. I want them to know and I want them to see that their eternal soul is dependent upon how they respond to Christ, not religion, and if they continue in their own way they will die in their sins. My witness to people is the things that I suffer and the things that I sacrifice for. But as for me and my household, as for me and my life, I will serve the Lord. I will suffer for it in relationships, in opportunities, in circumstances, in situations. That is my testimony.

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Philippians 2:5-8 ~ Let This Mindset Be In You Part 2

Have the same approach, the same attitude, toward yourself and the things of life as Jesus did.  When Jesus came did He choose the best room in the hotel to be born in?  No, He chose the low road.  He was here to accomplish the Father’s purpose.

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Philippians 2:5-8 ~ Let This Mindset Be In You Part 1

The emphasis here is on the deity of Christ; and the fact that He took on the form of a slave so that He might serve us. And that is our illustration because the command in verse 5 is, Let this mind – this thinking, this mindset, be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. So we must ask the question: What was the Lord’s attitude about this earthly life? What was His approach to this earthly life?

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I Peter 2:1-3 ~ The Spiritual Growth in Salvation

If you have tasted of the things of God, you are going to want more.  If you have tasted that the Lord is useful.  He is the one that satisfies your longings.  He is the one that satisfies your hungry soul.  God made it that way so that we cannot find satisfaction in anything else other than Him.  He is the only one that will satisfy the soul.

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Romans 12:1-2 ~ The Renewing of the Mind

This is how intimate our relationship with Christ is.  It is not religion or religious ceremony.  It is everyday seeking Him in my situations and submitting myself to Him while His will is being done.

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Isaiah 30:1-4 & II Corinthians 6

Through Jesus Christ God has reconciled the world to Himself.  We have the message of reconciliation.  Therefore in every circumstance and in every condition and through every experience in life, we are ambassadors for Christ.

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Isaiah 30:1 & Joshua Chapter 9

We can be deceived by circumstances.  We make decisions sometimes based on a deception that has been presented to us because, unfortunately, Satan opens doors too. And God doesn’t send messages from heaven, He is not an information booth. But He also doesn’t leave us in a maze of circumstances trying to figure out what He wants us to do. What God wants me to do is what He does. I am to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Philippians 4:10-13 ~ God’s Will for Every Believer in Every Situation Part 5

The word content in Greek means to be self-contained, not self-sufficient but self-contained. Paul realized that everything he needed for life resided within, where Christ dwelt. He had no need of anything outside of himself. He is equally content in every circumstance; for he has learned the mystery of contentment. Furthermore, He tells us we must be initiated; we must go through the school of learning if we are to have the mysteries of contentment worked out in our lives.

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Philippians 4:8-9 ~ God’s Will for Every Believer in Every Situation Part 4

No matter what it is, everything has an influence on our life and participates in making us who we are. The influence on the mind is who we are, whether it is over a long period of time or just in the moment. As a person thinks so is he. That is why it is important to not allow anything come into the mind that will occupy the attention – taking it away from Christ – and become the expression of your life.

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Philippians 4:6-7 ~ God’s Will for Every Believer in Every Situation Part 3

It is an awareness that I make a decision for change in my life, but I can’t change it. I desire it, but I can’t do anything about it. So I call out to the Lord. He’s the One that has to save me. And after He saves me it’s the same. I make decisions to do what is right; but it is up to His Spirit to empower me. It is up to His Spirit to move in me and through me to accomplish those things. That is where I serve Him: in my reasoning processes as I reason things out in life.

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Philippians 4:6 ~ God’s Will for Every Believer in Every Situation Part 2

Whatever it is we are worried about, commit it to Him. Our thoughts are like a hot potato, it is going to burn you if you hold it long enough. The Lord wants us to cast it upon Him. He’s concerned about us. He is concerned about His people. Not about our soul or whether we are going to go to heaven or have our sins forgiven; but where our minds are at. He is trying to reach us. He is trying to minister to us through the mind. He purposely made us as human beings so that our minds would process thoughts and concepts. He made our minds for Him to use to communicate to us and to change and transform our lives. But if our minds are occupied and busy with something else, He is concerned.

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Philippians 4:4-5 ~ God’s Will for Every Believer in Every Situation Part 1

We look to people, we look to circumstance, and we expect things to be our satisfaction.  But the Bible says God created Jesus Christ to be our total satisfaction in our inner person where He dwells. Not only is He is our rock, but He is our shield, and all the armor that we need. Often, with our eyes and with the human senses we see things and we feel things around us that we think we need.  The reality is, we don’t need it if God hasn’t supplied it. “Be continually satisfied in the Lord,” that’s the answer to everything.

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Philippians 4:1-3 ~ The First Commands for Christian Fellowship

Do you want what the Lord wants? It doesn’t matter what your opinion is now. It doesn’t matter what your feelings are now. It doesn’t matter what way you want things to be – do you want what the Lord wants? If you do not want what the Lord wants, stop there, because it won’t work out.

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II Corinthians 12:1-10 ~ The Principles of Suffering

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