August 15

August 15

How desperate are you for God?
Psalm 42-45 / Philippians 1-4

[About Hungry Bible Reading]

OT

42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

NT

1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

:28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

2:5-8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

3:8-11 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

OT Flash Points

First-hand intimacy with God – prerequisite to expressions about it

NT Flash Points

Keep doing and thinking God’s way
Do you see Jesus?
To be born again means you can see the Kingdom
Once you can see Him, you must keep your focus on Him
He Himself will give you the power to do so

Perspective

The new life manifests itself in conscious repentance and unconscious holiness