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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 3:17

We are still in chapter three of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 3:17 (NKJV)
Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.

Paul is encouraging all believers to follow his and any true brother and sister in Christ’s example on how to follow Christ.

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 3:13

We are still in chapter three of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 3:13 (NKJV)
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Philippians 3:13 (NLT)
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

What is Paul talking about when he says, “I have not achieved it”? Perfection! We won’t be perfect until we are with the Lord. In the meantime however, as soon as we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God sees us as righteous in His eyes because the sacrifice of His Son has cleansed us forever.

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 3:3

We are continuing in chapter three of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 3:3 (NKJV)
For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

This verse contains another “rejoice”, a word we examined last week in Philippians 3 verse 1. However, this time “rejoice” has a different Greek translation –see *G2744- meaning more like “glory”, even akin to the word “boast”.

William MacDonald describes “rejoice” and “have no confidence in the flesh” as follows in his commentary titled ‘Believer’s Bible Commentary’:

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 3:1a

Today we are starting in chapter three of Philippians continuing our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 3:1a (NKJV)
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.

Rejoicing in the Lord! Is this an easy task? Do we always rejoice in Him? How do we rejoice in Him?

We know that everything here on earth is temporary but heaven is eternal.

It seems difficult to rejoice when we go through hard or dark looking times. But then how do we define “rejoice” for ourselves? Does it mean to “be happy and laugh all the time”?

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 2:14-16a -continued

We are continuing in Philippians 2:14-16a to find out how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 2:14-16a (NKJV)
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life,

We have already looked at the two points complaining and disputing/arguing and why we should refrain from them. Let’s look at the implications and results.

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 2:14-16a

Philippians 2:14-16a is on today’s list of “Do and Do Not” with regard to finding out how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 2:14-16a (NKJV)
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life,

With this whole Covid-Virus thing going on around us, are we complaining and wanting our old life back? Yes, sometimes I get tired of not being able to travel. BUT I have nothing to complain about, really! We are very blessed. We live in a house along a dirt road, in the mountains away from many people. We can go outside whenever we want, the snow is beautiful, and we have everything we need—power, water and heat, food, love—and most of all a Father who provides for all our needs and supplies.

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 2:12

Philippians 2:12 is on my list of “Do and Do Not” today in trying to find out how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 2:12 (NKJV)
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

What does it mean to work out your own salvation; and then do it with fear and trembling?

Working out our salvation does not mean that we have to work to be saved because God says:

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 2:4

Today we are continuing to look at my list of “Do and Do Not” in the Book of Philippians 2:4, trying to find out how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 2:4 (NKJV)
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Here we have one “Do Not” and one “Do.”

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 2:3

Today we are continuing to look at my list of “Do and Do Not” in the Book of Philippians Chapter Two, trying to find out how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

So, here we go:

Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Let’s unpack the “Do” and “Do Not”.

Do not be selfish!
Take the example of Jesus Christ; if He had been selfish we would not have the gift of eternal life and would all go to the lake of fire.

Do not try to impress others that would be you taking the glory instead of giving the glory to God.

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DO and DO NOT (Philippians 2:2)

Today I am continuing my list of “Do and Do Not” in the Book of Philippians Chapter Two, trying to find out how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And, just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Now we are going to look at Philippians 2:2:

Philippians 2:2 (NIV)
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Do we agree wholeheartedly on everything? No!
Do we have to? No! There will always be instances where we are of different opinion. And that is fine, as long as we are in agreement with one another on the most important matter of all times.

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