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Lesson 174 - DEVELOPING WARRIORS—NOT WIMPS (PART 3)
Standing up for Jesus Christ is not easy. Resisting temptation is not easy. God never promised an easy road for true Christians. After all, it was not “easy” for the Father to offer His beloved Son Jesus to be crucified for our sins. It was love!

Chapter 3 The Servanthood of God's Warriors Part 2

Standing up for Jesus in not easy. Resisting temptation is not easy. God never promised an easy road for true Christians. After all, it was not "easy" for the Father to offer His beloved Son Jesus to be crucified for our sins. It was love! And it was not "easy" for Jesus to suffer and die a horrible death on the Cross. It was love!

 

That love is placed. In our hearts by Holy Spirit when we say "yes!" to the Lord Jesus. We realize this life is a war against Satan and evil. And God calls each of us to be His soldiers of purity, power and purpose. Paul was a true warrior for our Lord. And he calls on us to follow him as he followed Christ. We continue our study in chapter 3. Last lesson taught you the first four qualities of being a true servant. Here are the final three points.

 

5) THE LIFESTYLE OF SERVANTHOOD—Philippians 2:14-16

Babies and the immature cry and complain when life brings difficult times. Those are normal traits.

But look at Christ's "warrior school" and we learn a new and powerful lifestyle. No more murmuring,

gossiping, complaining (v. 14). We are new creations acting as lights in our dark and crooked world

(v. 15). And we offer His love and life to those around us (v. 16). 

 

6) THE ATTITUDE OF SERVANTHOOD—Philippians 2:17-22

       It's easy to hurry past these verses. Don't do it! You will see why Paul's heart was the heart of Jesus.   

       And he found someone else who had that heart of putting others before themselves. That's why the name 

       "Timothy" has come to describe a faithful disciple who becomes a true warrior for Christ. Paul is willing to

       give his life for others (v. 17). He says that only Timothy really cares like Paul where loving others comes

       "naturally" (v.20) while all others "seek thier own, not the things of Jesus Christ" (v. 21). That's the kind of

       heart you and I want. 

 

7) THE SUFFERINGS OF SERVANTHOOD—Philippians 2:23-30

       Nowhere are we taught that loving and serving Jesus will be a life without pain. Testings, trials and

      temptations will meet us in this life. Look at Epaphroditus. Not even the possibility of death could stop

      him. When others forgot "prisoner Paul," "Mr. Long Name" was there to care. These examples

      worth following!

 

 NEXT LESSON

Chapter 4The Spirit of God's Warriors. 

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1)
The ST. PAUL SCHOOL, with Frank Eiklor, Eileen Young and Cecilia Contreras

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