Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000418
00:16 Hi, and welcome to His Words are Life. I am Kelly Mowrer, and
00:19 thank you for coming to read with me today,
00:22 in the wonderful word of God.
00:23 Before we start, let's pray together.
00:24 Dear Jesus, thank you so much for the blessing of these words,
00:29 that can be to us life and hope and peace and joy and comfort.
00:33 Be with us as we read, that we may hear and understand,
00:36 but perhaps even more importantly
00:39 that they will bear fruit, that we may go out and act and be
00:43 for you what you would have us to be. That you will change us
00:46 to be more and more like you, to serve you better,
00:49 so that your name may be glorified in the earth.
00:51 We love you so much, Amen.
00:53 I am reading today from the letter to the church at Ephesus
00:58 that Paul wrote. Ephesians, chapter six,
01:01 and we begin with verse 14. We are going to be reading about
01:05 the armour of God, which is our defense against all that would
01:09 harm us, or destroy us, or tempt us, or make us to fall.
01:13 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
01:18 having on the breastplate of righteousness;
01:21 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel
01:25 of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
01:30 shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
01:33 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,
01:38 which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer
01:41 and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all
01:46 perseverance and supplication for all saints;
01:50 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me,
01:53 that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery
01:57 of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds:
02:01 that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
02:05 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do,
02:09 Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord,
02:13 shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent
02:17 unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs,
02:19 and that he might comfort your hearts,
02:21 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith,
02:25 from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
02:28 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ
02:32 in sincerity. Amen. Continuing to read Paul's letter
02:37 to the church at Philippi, the Philippians, chapter one and
02:40 we are in the King James Version.
02:41 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ,
02:46 to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi,
02:50 with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace,
02:54 from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
02:57 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
03:01 always in every prayer of mine for you all making request
03:05 with Joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day
03:09 until now; being confident of this very thing, that he which
03:15 hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day
03:19 of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you
03:24 all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch
03:28 as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation
03:33 of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
03:37 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all
03:42 in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love
03:47 may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
03:52 that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be
03:56 sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled
04:01 with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ,
04:04 unto the glory and praise of God but I would ye should understand
04:09 brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out
04:13 rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
04:15 so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace,
04:19 and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord
04:23 waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak
04:28 the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ
04:32 even of envy and strife; and some also of good will;
04:35 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely,
04:39 supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
04:42 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense
04:46 of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way,
04:51 whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached;
04:55 and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
04:58 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation
05:02 through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit
05:05 of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation
05:09 and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with
05:13 all boldness as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified
05:19 in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
05:23 For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
05:28 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour:
05:33 Yet what I shall choose I wot not, for I am in a strait
05:38 betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ;
05:42 which is far better; Nevertheless to abide
05:46 in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence
05:50 I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your
05:54 furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more
05:59 abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
06:03 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ
06:08 that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear
06:13 of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit with one mind
06:18 striving together for the faith of the gospel;
06:21 And in nothing terrified by our adversaries: which is to them
06:27 an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation,
06:30 and that of God.. For unto you it is given in the behalf of
06:35 Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer
06:39 for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me,
06:42 and now hear to be in me. We're reading from the book of
06:46 Philippians, in the King James version, now beginning chapter 2
06:50 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ,
06:54 if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit,
06:58 if any bowels and mercies, fulfill ye my joy,
07:02 that ye be like-minded, having the same love,
07:06 being of one accord of one mind. Let nothing be done
07:10 through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind
07:14 let each esteem other better than themselves.
07:18 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on
07:24 the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also
07:29 in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not
07:34 robbery to be equal with God: But made himself
07:37 of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant,
07:41 and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion
07:46 as a man humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
07:50 even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly
07:55 exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
07:58 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
08:01 of things in heaven, and things in earth; and things under the
08:05 earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ
08:09 is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved,
08:14 as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now
08:20 much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear
08:25 and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you
08:28 both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
08:32 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
08:35 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God,
08:39 without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
08:43 among whom you shine as lights in the world; Holding forth
08:48 the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ,
08:52 that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
08:56 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service
09:00 of your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all.
09:04 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
09:09 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you,
09:13 that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
09:17 For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care
09:20 for your state. For all seek their own, not the things
09:24 which are Jesus Christ's. But ye know the proof of him,
09:27 that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me
09:31 in the gospel. Him therefore I hope to send presently,
09:36 so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
09:38 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
09:43 Yet, I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus,
09:47 my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier,
09:51 but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
09:54 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness,
09:58 because that ye had heard that he had been sick
10:01 for indeed he was sick nigh unto death:
10:04 But God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also
10:09 lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore
10:14 the more carefully, that when ye see him again, ye may rejoice
10:18 and that I may be the less sorrowful.
10:21 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness;
10:24 and hold such in reputation: Because for the work of Christ
10:28 he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life,
10:32 to supply your lack of service toward me.
10:34 Continuing to read from the King James version,
10:37 Philippians, chapter three: Finally, my brethren,
10:41 rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you,
10:45 to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
10:48 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers,
10:51 beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision,
10:55 which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus,
10:58 and have no confidence in the flesh,
11:00 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh.
11:04 If any other man thinketh that hath whereof
11:06 he might trust in the flesh, I more:
11:08 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel,
11:12 of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews;
11:15 as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting
11:20 the church; touching the righteousness
11:23 which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me,
11:28 those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all
11:34 things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
11:37 Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss
11:41 of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
11:46 and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness,
11:49 which is of the law, but that which is through the faith
11:52 of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
11:56 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
11:59 and the fellowship of his sufferings,
12:01 being made conformable unto his death;
12:04 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection
12:08 of the dead. Not as though I had already attained,
12:11 either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may
12:16 apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus
12:20 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
12:25 but this one thing I do, forgetting those things
12:29 which are behind and reaching forth unto those things
12:32 which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize
12:35 of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
12:38 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded:
12:42 and if in anything ye be otherwise minded,
12:46 God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless,
12:49 whereto we have already attained, let us walk
12:52 by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
12:55 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk
13:00 so as ye have us for an ensample For many walk, of whom I have
13:05 told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the
13:09 enemies cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God
13:13 is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame,
13:16 who mind earthly things. - For our conversation is in heaven;
13:21 from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
13:26 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned
13:30 like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby
13:34 he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
13:38 Chapter 4: Therefore my brethren dearly beloved and longed for,
13:45 my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
13:51 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche,
13:55 that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
13:58 and I entreat thee also, true yoke-fellow, help those women
14:02 which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also
14:05 and with other my fellow- labourers whose names are in
14:07 the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always:
14:11 and again I say rejoice. Let your moderation be known
14:15 unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing;
14:20 but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
14:24 let your requests be made known unto God.
14:27 And the peace which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
14:31 hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.