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Be glad in the Lord – Philippians 3

Be glad and pleased that you know the Lord. Think delightful thoughts of the Lord when you awaken and throughout your day; see how that changes your outlook. When you are least encouraged, try encouraging others. Phil 3:1 Whatever happens, dear friends, be glad in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you this, and it is good for you to hear it again and again.

Remember that you don't have exclusive rights to misery. Life may be hard on your court right now, but praise the Lord and things change. Share God's love again and again. You never know when someone needs encouragement.

It’s all about worshiping with our spirits. Ignore the trappings and entanglements of established churchianity. Phil 3:2 Watch out for those wicked men—dangerous dogs, I call them—who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For it isn't the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshiping him with our spirits.

Trust and hope in the Lord alone. Phil 3:7 But all these things that I once thought very worthwhile—now I’ve thrown them all away so that I can put my trust and hope in Christ alone.

Don’t worry about being good enough. Your faith counts with God. Phil 3:8 I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that I can have Christ, 9 and become one with him, no longer counting on being saved by being good enough or by obeying God’s laws, but by trusting Christ to save me; for God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith—counting on Christ alone.

Challenge yourself to be the person God made you to be. Phil 3:12 I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.


Forget the past. It happened. Learn. Move on. Phil 3:13 No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

Live your life. Go the distance on purpose. Go for God. Phil 3:14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.



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Compiled December 2011
These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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