Sunday, September 10, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: GOOD REPORTS

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.




As I go into a study of  a “good report”  as part of a study on Philippians 4, I am coming to the end of a personal challenge: for 30 days I am to post positive news on Facebook. On day #17 I began posting God’s Word; there is no better report than Scripture.

The Apostle Paul teaches us that we should not be impressed with titles, social or financial status, nor works of faith. He list his very impressive credentials in Philippians chapter three. “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” (verse 8 King James translation).  Because of his personal encounter with the Lord he discovered how irrelevant his social status was.

PHILIPPIANS 3:4-8 The Voice
If any try to throw around their pedigrees to you, remember my résumé—which is more impressive than theirs. I was circumcised on the eighth day—as the law prescribes—born of the nation of Israel, descended from the tribe of Benjamin. I am a Hebrew born of Hebrews; I have observed the law according to the strict piety of the Pharisees, separate from those embracing a less rigorous kind of Judaism.  Zealous? Yes. I ruthlessly pursued and persecuted the church. And when it comes to the righteousness required by the law, my record is spotless.
But whatever I used to count as my greatest accomplishments, I’ve written them off as a loss because of the Anointed One. And more so, I now realize that all I gained and thought was important was nothing but yesterday’s garbage compared to knowing the Anointed Jesus my Lord. For Him I have thrown everything aside—it’s nothing but a pile of waste—so that I may gain Him.

Many people have forgotten what is important. There is a lot of anger and frustration in the world today, even among Christians. Philippians 3:4-8 teaches how irrelevant  the things the world believes to be importantare. True peace and joy comes from trusting what is written in Scripture. Unfortunately, we have taken our eyes off of the Word of God and focused on the things of this world.

1 JOHN 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

By today’s standard God’s word is not a ‘good report’ but a list of do’s and don’ts that hinder success. Confusion in the church theology makes it difficult to fellowship with like believers. Divisions among the various denominations and the different doctrines of what to believe and not believe can make it hard for a person who wants to live accourding what is written in the Bible but does not know how. Pressure from various government entities lead many who are weak in the faith to compromise God’s word.

Meditate on the good report of the gospel. When others quote an athletes statistics you should be able to quote Bible verses. While others pursue the latest fashions you should meditate on the Word so that you will be clothed in righteousness. As the world becomes angry, frustrated and lash out in violence you will be able to smile because you have peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The Bible does not tell us to ignore what is going on in the world. We are instructed to give more thought to “whatever things are of good report.”  What do you think about the most?  — written by Marsha L F Randolph

MISSED THE OTHER POST ON PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
8/13/2017  LOOKING FOR GOOD NEWS 
8/20/2017 NOBILITY
8/27/2013 WHATEVER IS JUST
9/3/2017 WHATEVER IS PURE AND LOVELY
This study will conclude next week!

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