Monday, August 10, 2015

How Can We Experience The Life God Wants Us To Have? Philippians 4:19

God Loves You
We believe in God but somehow we do not have a life of blessing.  How can we experience the life God wants us to have?

"Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- put it into practice, And the God of peace will be with you."  Philippians 4:9.

This verse is written to someone who was exposed to the Apostle's teaching.  Today that means that you have been reading your Bible, in fellowship with others of faith and in fellowship with the Lord.

WHATEVER
This is a word that has no limits.  It is like saying everything or all that. So everything you have learned is the object.

LEARNED
We should all be learning the things of God.  The verse mentions different methods of learning; receiving, hearing and observing- we should use every available way to grow in our knowledge of God.

These are involved and require relationship and involvement with the teacher.  You do not learn outside of fellowship with other believers.  You can gain knowledge but without the interaction of fellowship, it becomes shallow.

PUT INTO PRACTICE
This is the point of the verse, that you should be doing what the Word says and not just hearers only.  It is not enough to know these wonderful truths you must establish them in your life.  A practice is a regular discipline, and you are to consistently do what you are taught.

GOD OF PEACE
Ours is a God of peace.  He is so committed to peace he sent His son Jesus to be the way of Peace for sinners even allowing Jesus to be sacrificed to pay for our sins.  He is not a God who is trying to fill us with guilt or burden us with rules.  He wants us to have personal peace, that does not mean freedom from trouble but inner peace when you go through trials.

BE WITH YOU
We come to God through his Christ who to paid for our sins and make it possible for us by faith to know God and have eternal life with him.  This "be with you," is not saying that we will obtain salvation by practicing a religion but that we will have a fuller experience of the salvation we have.

It may be that you do not yet have a relationship with God if you want to know more see my other post. 

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(c)Adron Dozat 8/10/15

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