Prepared to stand in the real world

Many people waste their lives trying to be someone else. Rather than imitators of Christ, we imitate someone we admire. Rather than following Christ as the pattern for life, we pattern ourselves after some celebrity or person we look up to. We become caricatures or copycats of someone else, not the person God saved us to be.

Commentary from the Power of Purpose Bible study by Michael Catt.

What is He doing?

Do you ever look at your circumstances and see no possible way the Lord could bring something good from them? What benefit could come from illness, unemployment, a broken family, or other difficulties? While we can’t always understand what God is doing, there is one thing we can do – trust Him to use our situation for His own glorious purposes.

When we view life from God’s perspective, every hardship becomes an opportunity to trust His good purpose, fully depend on Him, and respond in a manner that glorifies and exalts Christ.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 19, 2020.

Where to Look


The psychologists tell us we should look within.  The opportunists tell us we should look around.  The optimist says we should look ahead.  The pessimist says we should look out.  But God says we should look up; we should look above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1) .  Our mind and heart should be set on heaven, not on earth.

Commentary from Dr. David Jeremiah, What Do You Think Bible study.

True. Noble. Just. Lovely. Pure.

Philippians 4;8

What is true is found in God (2 Tim. 2:25), in Christ (Eph. 4:20,21), in the Holy Spirit (John 16:13), and in God’s Word (John 17:17).  The Greek term for noble means ‘worthy of respect.’  Believers are to meditate on whatever is worthy of awe and adoration, i.e., the sacred as opposed to the profane.  Meditating on what is ‘just’ means those things which are right.  The believer is to think in harmony with God’s divine standard of holiness.  Things that are pure are those things which are clean and undefiled.  Those things which are lovely are those things which are pleasing or amiable; whatever is kind or gracious, in this context.  Things that are of good report are those things which are highly regarded or thought well of; what is generally considered reputable in the world such as kindness, courtesy, and respect for others.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Philippians 4:8.

All shall worship

Ps 22;27

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him

and given Him the name which is above every name,

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,

and that every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11