Sunday, February 17, 2013

We Have

I often contemplate the things I think I need, but rarely do I consider the things I already have. This was a fresh reminder, a returning to and a preaching of the gospel to my weary heart today.

We have assurance that God will complete the good work in us Phil 1:6
No hand wringing is necessary. You can be done with questioning if you are doing enough or not doing enough. It is up to God (not you) to complete what he started in you. Now you can rest, and out of the overflow respond spontaneously and with love!

We are filled with the fruit of righteousness Phil 1:11
You can do no other than bear the fruit of righteousness. Your problems and my problems begin when we try working form self-righteousness. Filled with Christ's righteousness, the fruit we bear is not burdensome but joyful.

We believe Phil 1:29
It's a done deal. In Christ, we believe. In other words, Christ rescued us from the grip of sin and death and raised us to newness of life. We never have to worry about our faith. Though it may waiver and though it may feel like it has dried up, Christ has hold of us - we believe. It has been granted to us as a gift.

We have encouragement, comfort and love Phil 2:1
Friends can offer sincere words of comfort and they can bolster your spirit with encouraging gestures, but divine encouragement, comfort and love are like nothing on this earth. Encouragement from God says "I will never leave you or forsake you". Comfort from God says "I will give you a peace that passes all understanding". Love from God says "I have loved you with an everlasting love".

We have God in us working Phil 2:13
Take this whole list of present benefits - that's what's working in you and in me...mercy, righteousness, strength and peace. All our needs are met and we have adoration and love from our heavenly Father. Now let's go - and work out of the overflow.

We are children of God Phil 2:15
You are not just treated as a son or a daughter. You are a son/daughter! Given a new name - Christian. Given a new identity - child of the Most High King. Given a new status - adopted into the family and given all the rights as a family member and an inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

We have received mercy Phil 2:27
Forgiveness, redemption, grace upon grace. We are deserving of every punishment - we are receiving of every good gift instead.

We have the righteousness of God Phil 3:9
Incredible! Although we live life still sinning, our bankrupt account is actually full. Our messes and regrets are actually as if they are perfect. It's not only as if we have never sinned, but it's as if we have always obeyed.

We have a heavenly citizenship Phil 3:20
We are just passing by. We're on a trip towards our final destination. Where are we headed?
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Rev 21:1-4

We have the Lord at hand Phil 4:5
The LORD is your keeper. Read more about how the Lord is at hand here.

We have the peace of God Phil 4:7
Not an earthly kind of peace that is conditional, flimsy, and easily lost; but shalom. Pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian writes about this peace:

"Tim Keller observes that Christ's miracles were not the suspension of the natural order but the restoration of the natural order. They were a reminder of what once was prior to the Fall and a preview of what will eventually be a universal reality once again—a world of peace and justice, without death, disease, or conflict.

To be sure, when Christ comes again, the process of reversing the curse of sin and recreating all things will be complete (1 Cor. 15:51-58). The peace on earth that the angels announced the night Christ was born will become a universal actuality. God's cosmic rescue mission will be complete. The fraying fabric of our fallen world will be fully and perfectly rewoven. Everything and everyone "in Christ" will live in perfect harmony. Shalom will rule." Read more.

We have the strength of God Phil 4:13
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7

We have supply for all our needs Phil 4:19
Our discontent comes from not having what we think we need. We are unsatisfied with what we have, always looking for the next thing to fill our deepest desires. The truth is, nothing other than Christ can give us what we really need. He is everything we need which is why Paul can confidently pray that he will supply all our needs. He is it. Look at this list again and be reminded of the riches that are yours in Christ Jesus!


  1. A beautiful reminder, I feel like the man in the book of Mark - "I believe; help my unbelief!"