Today we’re joined by the lovely Lisa Worthey Smith, and we get to dig into one of my favorite passages in Philippians.
Here we go!
Fun Breakfast Idea
If you’re looking to mix-up your breakfast rotation, here’s an idea from our guest to fill you up.
When it’s time for breakfast, I get an Earl Grey (hot) and a fresh oatmeal muffin!
Snack on the Go
In a rush? The short devotional from our guest is a “spiritual snack” to keep you going until you find time to sit down and feast on Scripture.
Philippians 3:12-14 is so precious to me I have it by my bathroom mirror.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Yesterday is gone, and my goal is before me.
FEAST at the Table
If you have more time to linger at the breakfast table, open your Bible with me and let’s dig into God’s Word using the FEAST method.
Focus on God: Ask the Spirit to focus your heart and mind on Him, and to give you clarity of thought as you study Scripture.
Engage the text: Read Philippians 3:12-16. Write down your observations on the text. What is the “this” Paul refers to in verse 12? (See the preceding verses for context.) What phrase is repeated 3 times in the first two verses? What does it mean? What imagery does Paul use to describe the Christian life? How does 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 further clarify this metaphor? What is Paul’s “one thing”? How and what does Paul “forget”? What is ahead and how does Paul “strain” for it? What is the “prize” of the Christian race (see verse 10)? If you’d like to go deeper, pick on of the key words of phrases in this passage and do a word study (simply click on one of the highlighted words here).
Assess the main idea: In one sentence, summarize the main idea of this passage.
Spark transformation: The “one thing” Paul strained toward was not merely factual knowledge about Jesus, but also experiential living in the power of His resurrection and fellowship in His suffering and likeness in His death. What does that look like in your life?
Turn to God in worship: Today, use the ACTS method to respond to God’s Word in prayer. Is there something you want to Adore Him for, Confess to Him, Thank Him for, or Supplicate (ask) Him for? Then pause and listen quietly. Don’t rush off after saying “amen.” Be still for a few minutes and listen in silence. Sometimes the Spirit of God may want to further explain or apply something to your life.