1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
The Humbled and Exalted Christ
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 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; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and [f]harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your [g]state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.
25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
More On The Book of Philippians
The Book of Philippians is a very powerful book because in it we see some powerful truths about God and His dealings with us through the teachings of the Apostle Paul.
It is in this book that we learn the all familiar text when Paul said that he learned how to abase and to abound and then said that he can do all things through Christ that strengthens him.
And we can rest in this fact as well, that as the scriptures say: It is God in us that causes us to will and do according to His good pleasure.
I'm reminded of one scenario when The Lord wanted me to pray for a man.
I didn't want to. I really didn't want to, but over and over the Lord told me, "Go, and pray for Him" Why didn't the Lord use someone else?
For some strange reason, it seemed as if it always came down to Him asking me to do it. It had to be about ten minutes of resisting the Lord in my mind until I finally relented. Now thinking back, I should have done it from the first time that He asked me to do it. But I was growing in the things of the Lord. In fact, I still am.
You see, we are not alone, and just as the Lord could speak to me to pray for that man, the Lord can speak to you in your times of need, and the times of need for others and bring swift change and deliverance as you let Him do what He wants to do.
God is awesome!
Sometimes in our own lives, we don't know what to focus on, what to think about or how we should proceed in traversing the winding road that we sometimes face in life, but the Apostle Paul reminds us that God shall supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory by the risen Jesus Christ. He will speak to us; He will lead us!
As you read Philippians 2, may you be filled with knowledge and the assurance that God is with you and His grace is indeed sufficient for you!
I'll also share another story of healing.
A lady asked me to lay hands on her and pray for her to be healed, so I prayed and laid hands on her. She had a cold that would not go away. She would cough and cough. She said that she knew it was an attack of the enemy.
I didn't think too much about it until 3 weeks later when I was speaking with the same lady again. I asked her, "How is your throat?"
She said to me, "Prophet, from the time that you prayed for me, I haven't coughed since. I even went to my doctor and he noticed that I wasn't coughing anymore and so he asked if I was taking the medicine that he gave me. I said, no," she said. " God healed me, a prophet prayed for me."
The rest is history. All Glory to God for healing her! He is Healer!
And God will heal others through you if you would only believe in Him, Trusting in His Word. May we continue the works of the Lord Jesus, knowing that He is with us, and He shall supply our every need.