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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE           Page 3

V.13 ** What does Paul remind the Philippians of that would assist them in remaining humble before the Lord, while at the same time encourage them to succeed?

"it is God who is at work in you" - Remember Philippians 1:6

** What two things in us does our Father in heaven want to conform to His good pleasure?

Our will and our work! "Will" speaks of our attitude in obedience, while "work" refers to the action of our obedience. Paul wants us to obey the Lord from the inside out. Paul prayed to that end in his letter to the Ephesians. Would you join me in Ephesians 3:14-19? Read passage.

In order for us to be "filled up to all the fulness of God" where does Paul say we must be strengthened and by Whom are we strengthened?

"strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man..." (Ephesians 3:16)

V.14 ** So back in Philippians 2, we can see what Paul meant when he said that God is at work IN us. As he moves into verse 14, how far does he feel that our joyful obedience should reach?

"Do all things..." It should touch every area of our lives. All that we think, say and do!

** If we are willing to "work" faithfully on our obedience and remember the strength available to us from within, through the power of the Holy Spirit, what two things will be removed from our lives?

"grumbling and disputing" - "attitudes and actions"

Grumbling, lit. muttering or murmuring, it betrays an inward sinful heart or attitude.
Disputing, lit. "a reasoning", this refers to an open argument or dissension.

** Were there any in Philippi that may have had this problem as a pattern in their lives?

Yes! That is why Paul was giving them this specific instruction.
But for an example, see Philippians 4:2

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