Isaiah 62:6–65:25; Philippians 2:19–3:3; Psalm 73:1-28; Proverbs 24:13-14
Ye that Make Mention of the LORD
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. – Isaiah 62:6-7
Mention the Lovingkindness of the LORD
I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. – Isaiah 63:7
What He Hath Prepared for Him that Waiteth for Him
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. – Isaiah 64:4
The Former Shall Not be Remembered
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. – Isaiah 65:17
No Man Likeminded, Who Will Naturally Care for Your State
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. – Philippians 2:19-24
Paul is sending Timothy to the people to check on them because he had no one there that was like-minded as he and Timothy were; no one was concerned for their spiritual welfare. It wasn’t that he didn’t have people in the church, but those there were seeking to advance themselves and not Jesus and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This caused me to pause and look at my own heart and life and ask – can those I sit under have confidence in my walk? Can they trust me to care for the spiritual state of the people we serve? Am I likeminded with them as Paul and Timothy we’re with each other? Am I more interested in advancing myself than I am advancing Jesus?
Show me Holy Ghost where I am failing. Would you please help me to line myself up with You and those You have placed me under that I might be a blessing and be found faithful? In Jesus Name, I ask. Amen! Amen!
Because for the Work of Christ He was Nigh Unto Death
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me. – Philippians 2:25-30
Rejoice in the Lord
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. – Philippians 3:1-3
Whom Have I in Heaven but Thee?
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: But God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all thy works. – Psalm 73:24-28
There Shall be a Reward
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; And the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: When thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, And thy expectation shall not be cut off. – Proverbs 24:13-14