Philippians 3:1-14 “Where Our Confidence is Found”

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Thoughts for Reflection:

As we gather for worship this Sunday morning we may or may not actually know who the President of the United States is going to be for the next four years.  We may or may not agree with who got elected.  There may or may not be questions regarding the nature and veracity of the election in our minds.  This week began with a great deal of questions, none of which really seemed to be answered.

Truthfully, though, for those who are following Jesus, not much should be changing from our perspective.  Our confidence doesn’t come from governments or political parties, from laws or even the constitution.  The goals and calling of Christ-followers doesn’t change based on election outcomes or the cultural climate.  We do not put our hope in human leaders or political promises of any sort.  Instead, our confidence is found in the shed blood of Jesus and in the empowered call that He has placed on our lives to follow Him and proclaim Him daily with our whole lives.

Questions to take home:

  1. Take a moment to evaluate how you have been over the last week.  How have you felt the impacts of the election coverage?  Read Hebrews 13:8 and some of the surrounding verses.  What do you feel like the Spirit is saying to you here?  What are you going to do about it?
  2. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 talk more about our Spiritual Armor (Ephesians 6:10-18).  How can you apply these verses to your life now and in moments of uncertainty?  What does it mean for you to “take every thought captive”?  How will you practice that this week?
  3. This year, and particularly the last month, has been tumultuous; anxiety and uncertainty have been a constant in the media and culture.  Take a few minutes to take stock of your own life?  Have there been places where you have given into fear?  Have you strayed in your devotional life?  Prayer life?  Generosity?  Loving attitude?  Witness for Christ?  What adjustments might you need to make to put Christ back at the center of your life again?