The Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage. Psalm 94:14
Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
In Philippians Paul writes to tell his followers of the joys of following the ways of the Lord. Paul's understanding of and devotion to the ways that God would have him and his followers to go is amazing. His words have given guidance for generations including the generations now living in this world.
Paul writes to the Philippians from a Roman prison where he is being held as a prisoner for spreading the Gospel. Being a prisoner is never a good way to live. Can you imagine how desolate the prison Paul was in must have been? Yet Paul continued to write to his followers of the joys of following the teaching of the Gospel. Paul feels that his imprisonment has helped to spread the Gospel, and he gives examples of how this difficult time has given him reasons to rejoice.
Paul continually encourages his followers to proclaim Christ and to help others. He has left us with guidance to know how to live as followers of Christ. In Philippians 2:10-11 Paul writes, "so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." The Lord will not forsake his people.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you Lord, for reigning over us. Forgive us Lord when we stray from giving allegiance to you. Our baptism reminds us that heaven is our home. Help us to hold fast to you as we live on earth. Amen.
Florence Smallfield