Sept. 23, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:11 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:11 Mean?

Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV): And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

A SNAPSHOT OF TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

In today's Bible Verse of the Day, we finish Paul's prayer for the Philippians by learning how to bring glory to God.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS 3-MINUTE BIBLE STUDY PODCAST

  • The 4 things Paul petitions God for in his prayer
  • What does it mean to be "filled with the fruit of righteousness?"
  • What's the result of bearing good fruit?

PREVIOUS EPISODES IN THE SIMPLE TRUTH THROUGH PHILIPPIANS

Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
Philippians 1:2
Philippians 1:3-4
Philippians 1:5
Philippians 1:6
Philippians 1:7
Philippians 1:8-9
Philippians 1:9-10
Philippians 1:10

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

 There is nothing more powerful in the life of a believer than prayer. Prayer gives you a direct connection to the heartbeat of God. Paul knew personally that there is no greater joy than to have an intimate relationship with God, and that’s why he prayed this powerful prayer in verses 9 through 10 that says, “and this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,  so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”

Paul prayed 4 things for us in this prayer:

  1. That God’s love would overflow in our lives.
  2. As God’s love overflows in our lives, we grow in knowledge and insight about God. We literally become one with the heartbeat of our Father and because of this we know what is excellent in God’s eyes
  3. And, because we choose what is excellent, we will be pure and blameless on the day of Christ.

 Now, today, we explore Paul’s last request found in Philippians 1:11, that we are “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

         
4. God desires that believers would bear good fruit that brings glory to God. 

I love a story I heard about 4 boys that were making plans that involved getting into some serious trouble if they were caught. 

One of the boys wasn’t giving in to the peer pressure, and the other 3 boys began calling him names. One of them asked him, “What are you afraid of? That your dad will hurt you if he finds out?” 

The boy answered him saying, “No, I’m afraid if he finds out, it will hurt him.”

 This is a great story to illustrate what Paul is praying here. You see, we’re not going around afraid if we mess up that God’s going to hurt us. No! Paul is praying that God’s love flows so incredibly through our lives, that we know His heart. We feel His love. Our greatest desire is not to avoid punishment but rather to bring honor to His name. 

So your simple truth for today: When you want to bring glory to God, it all begins with love. Growing closer to God each day opens your heart to a greater knowledge of who He is and what pleases Him. As a result, you discern what is excellent and act accordingly. You will remain pure and blameless and your choice will bear good fruit. and bring glory to God. 

Hey, thank you for continuing to share these messages with those whom God lays on your heart.

I’m Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again tomorrow.