November 19, Tuesday

Today’s AMI QT, written by Tina Hsu of Church of Southland in Anaheim, California, was first posted on September 25, 2015.  


Devotional Thought for Today

“Cleaning Out Your Life”

2 Kings 23:3, 24-26 (NASB)

The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people entered into the covenant.

24 Moreover, Josiah removed the mediums and the spiritists and the teraphim and the idols and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might confirm the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD. 25 Before him there was no king like him who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.

Some of us who follow a reading plan to  read the Bible in one year, have had times when we had absolutely no idea what we had just read; nonetheless, we were  content to mark off another 5 chapters from the reading chart. But King Josiah wasn’t like that. Upon discovering the Book of God’s Law that had been lost for a long time, he devoted himself to purify the land of Judah of its idolatry so that Judah’s ways would conform to what was written in God’s book. He read God’s Word to the people of Judah and led them to renew their commitment to walk in the way of the Lord. The majority of this chapter (vv. 4-20) records how Josiah removed idolatrous priests from the house of the LORD, removed altars that previous kings of Judah had built, burned vessels that were for Baal and Asherah worship, and more. Josiah truly turned to the Lord with all his heart, all his soul, and certainly, with all his might. 

Though Josiah knew that God was going to “remove Judah and cast off Jerusalem” (23:27) because the generations of his forefathers had forsaken God, the Book of the Law (God’s Word) led Josiah to lead the nation back to God in his lifetime. He let God’s Word, which Judah had neglected for many years, define his course of action and his leadership. Though the outcome for Judah was sealed, Josiah was instrumental in preserving covenant faithfulness for Judah in his lifetime. In this way, Josiah was successful and Scripture records, “there was no king like him…nor did any like him arise after him” (23:25). Though he had no control over Judah’s future, he glorified God by faithfully keeping a covenant relationship with God. 

The Word of God provides power for endurance and faithfulness. Nothing can nourish our souls and strengthen us to do the work of the Lord than the very words of God. If reading or listening to the Word of God is lacking in your daily spiritual life, ask the Lord today to renew your thirst and devotion for His Word. 


Dear Jesus, I desire for your commands and your Words to be near and dear to me. As your Word is able to equip me to do every good work, help me to spend time in your Word daily. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 34

Lunch Break Study

Read Matthew 4:1-4 (NASB): Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Questions to consider

  1. What is happening during this time in Jesus’ life and ministry?
  2. What is the nature of Satan’s temptation?
  3. How does Jesus’ answer minister and encourage you today?


  1. This takes place at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. John the Baptist baptized Jesus at the Jordan River, where Jesus revealed that He came to “fulfill all righteousness” (Mt. 3:15). He came to fulfill and complete what man, tainted by sin, could not do. The world fell under the power of sin because man was overcome by temptation, but Jesus has now come to face temptation and to overcome it by the Word of God.  
  2. Satan’s temptations begin with “If you are the Son of God” (v. 3). Satan desires to drive a wedge between Jesus’ love relationship with the Father. He wants to deceive Jesus into using His own power and role for His own personal gain. He wants to hinder Jesus from trusting and obeying the Father’s will. 
  3. Personal response

Evening Reflection

Before going to bed, meditate on Psalm 119:103-104: How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

November 18, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals for November 18-19 (new) are provided by Tina Hsu of Church of Southland in Anaheim, California. Tina (M.Div.), who was recently licensed by AMI, is a co-leader of college ministry at the church. 


Devotional Thought for Today

“Inviting God to Help Us Overcome Anger”

Ephesians 4:26-27

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.

Psalms 30:4

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime.

As our social media notifications alert us to check our account for the latest message, the negative emotions we feel are internal “alerts” for us to look inward, and to identify our honest emotions. This morning let’s look at how Scripture invites us to navigate the emotion of anger and may it propel us to be renewed with joy and freedom.

David’s description of God in Psalm 30:4 depicts for us a godly model of handling anger. In the Old Testament, God’s anger is expressed towards the Israelites when they relied on a god for security, instead of on Him. Even though no one compares to their God, who had split the Red Sea by His mighty hand to deliver them from slavery, the Israelites often struggled with unbelief and chose to trust in the golden calf or the gods of other nations. In these situations of being forsaken, God, in His indignation, would turn His face away from Israel (Is. 45:15); that is, He would temporarily distance Himself from her and the event that brought Him displeasure.  This wasn’t to reject Israel, but to show how a holy God hated sin in all its forms (e.g., Is. 1:14, 61:8; Mal. 2:16). But His righteous anger was always temporary, meaning He would turn to gather the Israelites with His mercy and look upon them with covenant faithfulness and love. Again, note that God didn’t suppress, avoid, or deny His righteous anger when the Israelites worshipped the golden calf. Humanly speaking, He felt His anger and expressed it; yet He always chose to continue being the compassionate God of Israel.

While anger is a valid emotion, it is meant to be temporary. When it remains unresolved or permanent, we become vulnerable to doing hurtful and sinful actions, such as rage, bitterness, and unforgiveness. These give our Enemy a platform to attack us and to lead us down deeper cycles of unhealthy expressions of anger. For this reason, Paul exhorts his readers to “be angry, and yet do not sin.” He is not commanding us to be angry but in the situation in which we are angry, we shouldn’t let a long-time pass with the anger unresolved, and thereby, sin.” In the temporary stage of anger—when we are the recipient of it—we need the Holy Spirit’s help to separate the action, words, and behavior from the angry person, and through forgiveness, choose to love and embrace the person again. 

As we start a new week, we have an opportunity to go to the Lord and journey with Him for healing from a past wound and to gain strength to forgive the person whom we may have been holding an offense against. Spend some time in prayer and confession this morning and invite the Lord to be your help and your strength. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I begin this new week with an open and teachable heart. Give me strength and humility to identify any unresolved anger or unforgiveness. I ask for your strength to help me to overcome my anger in the power of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 33

Lunch Break Study

Read Matthew 5:21-26. You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. 23 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25 Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

Questions to Consider

  1. What teaching is Jesus referring to in Mt. 5:21? What issue is Jesus addressing that is considered liable before the court?
  2. Under what circumstances are disciples of Jesus called to approach their brother (or sister) to be reconciled?
  3. What is the heart of Jesus’ message? Why do you think He elevates the significance of reconciliation and highlights this issue of anger?


  1. Jesus is referring to the Ten Commandments in the OT, of which one of them is “You shall not commit murder” (Exodus 20:13). While murder is a violation against God’s commandment, Jesus teaches we are also accountable to God when we have anger towards a brother (or sister).
  2. When we are preparing to offer our worship to God, but know that someone has an offense against us, we are to first go and be reconciled before giving God what we prepared for worship. 
  3. Personal Response.

Evening Reflection

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).

This evening reflect upon how you have tasted and experienced God’s forgiveness and grace in your life recently. May His love strengthen you to be committed to bear with others with love and to forgive them.

November 17, Sunday

Today’s blog, written by Pastor Sam Lee of Catalyst Agape Church in New Jersey, was first posted on July 20, 2014


Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Being Holy”

1 Peter 2:1-2

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

We, as Christians, have a wrong conception of what holiness is.  Many feels that a holy life is something we grudgingly live in order to please a demanding God, taking away pleasures in life.  Our negative attitude towards holiness is partly due to inadvertently glorifying sin (e.g., in our entertainment choices) instead of God.  For instance, during my high school days, I would hear so many testimonies of how they used to party, get drunk, do drugs, and live immoral lives. They would go in great details of their life of debauchery with lots of excitement, and at the very end, they would squeeze in how Christ came into their lives; and now, their changed lives merely consist of Bible studies, prayer meetings, and Sunday services.

Yet Peter tells us that holiness is not about taking away things, but something good that is added to our lives. It can be compared to tasty milk that is given to a newborn baby.   In a similar way, to a spiritual newborn is given pure spiritual milk, consisting of, among other things, God’s word and the Holy Spirit that can help us to be separated from the values of the world (a.k.a., holiness).

Now, my third daughter doesn’t understand why we, as parents, don’t allow her to eat candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though she might misunderstand our intentions, our reason is simple: because we love her, we want to give our daughter something better to eat; something that will make her healthy and give her strength as well as to make her grow.

And our God feels the same way.  If we get rid of “all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind,” that is, things that hurt us, the Lord has room now to give us something so much better.  As we let go of those things that are not good for us, God fills our lives abundantly with far greater things (joy, peace, a clear conscience and purpose, to name a few). So today, let’s clear out the junk in our hearts so that God can bless us with his precious things!

Prayer: Dear God, help me to be holy by adding goodness and kindness to my faith. Lord, embolden me to get rid of junks out of my heart, such as bitterness and resentment, but choose love and forgiveness.  Please help me because I cannot do it on my own. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 32

November 16, Saturday

Today’s QT blog was first posted on May 11, 2013. 


Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Trusting God Amid Betrayal”

Psalm 55:12-14; 22-23 (ESV)

For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me then I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. 14 We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng . . . 22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.  23 But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.

Have you ever been betrayed?  In this Psalm, we see that David is betrayed by a close friend.  He discloses his anguish in vv. 12-14 as he reveals how this betrayal is bothering him.  It is the root of David’s pain and he desires to run away from what is hurting him.  

How often we are hurt by others and find ourselves in painful situations.  David himself discovers that those who are closest to us are the ones who can hurt us the most.  And, of course, we ourselves are quite capable of hurting those who are close to us as well. 

Although he faced betrayal, however, the Psalm ends by declaring, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”  This statement is similar to 1 Peter 5:7, where we are told to “cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us.” Learning to cast our cares on God enables us to not run away from things but to stand tall and carry on what God calls us to be steadfast in.  

Verse 22 gives us three reasons why we should cast our cares on God:  First, since “he will sustain you,” we are always able to bear the troubles that are pressing down on every side.  Second, “He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” And third, “God will cast down the wicked as we trust Him.”  

So, the next time when we feel overwhelmed, can we say, “But I will trust in you.”

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, that I can lay down every burden before You.  Whenever I am faced with anguish, even pain from those closest to me, I will find my strength in You alone.  Teach me to lay my burdens down and to trust in You.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 30-31

November 15, Friday

Devotional Thought for Today

“Be on Guard”

Numbers 31:13-20

“Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the chiefs of the congregation went to meet them outside the camp. 14 And Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war. 15 Moses said to them, “Have you let all the women live? 16 Behold, these, on Balaam’s advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the Lord in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the Lord. 17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. 18 But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves. 19 Encamp outside the camp seven days. Whoever of you has killed any person and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day. 20 You shall purify every garment, every article of skin, all work of goats’ hair, and every article of wood.” 

Do you remember the story of the Trojan Horse? After a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, ending the war. Troy didn’t lose the battle to the Greeks because of an overwhelming force; they lost because they let their guard down.

In this passage, the Israelites were commanded to fight the Midianites. The Lord commanded Moses to command the Israelites to kill every male but keep the plunder. However, the Israelite commanders took captive the Midianite women and brought them before Moses. Moses was furious with their decision and said, “Have you let all the women live? Behold, these, on Balaam’s advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the Lord in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the Lord” (vv. 15-16).

Why did Moses become so angry? What happened at Peor? In Numbers 25:1-9, King Balak of Moab wanted to defeat the Israelites, so he invited Balaam to curse them. However, Balaam could only do what the Lord commanded him to say. Four times Balaam blessed the Israelites instead of cursing them—and Balak was furious! However, Balaam told Balak that the only way to defeat the Israelites was for them to worship other idols.

Therefore, King Balak went with a different approach and invited the Israelites to feast with them. At the end of the feast, the Moabite women invited the Israelites to sleep with them as a way of worshipping Baal. Slowly, the Israelite men fell into temptation and the Lord brought judgement upon them. 

What the Israelites saw as harmless women, Moses saw them as potential temptations for the Israelites. In the same way, the Lord is reminding us that we must guard our hearts with different temptations in our lives. There are many things in this world that may seem harmless, but they can be incredibly hurtful to us—it could be relationships that lead to pre-martial sex, social media, alcohol, money, or power. Again, these things may not be sin, but they can be sneaky temptations that cause us to become ineffective Christians. For instance, we would not walk into a temple to offer incense to Buddha or our ancestors, for those sins are obvious and we know to avoid those. But the “harmless” things that sneak into our hearts are the sins that we need to be on guard against.

This morning, reflect on the “harmless” things that you feel can be potential temptations. Maybe God is inviting you to stop dealing with these things for a season. Ask the Lord to give you strength to put these things down. Our souls are too precious to let “harmless” things turn us into ineffective Christians. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You are always watching over us. Thank You that we are secure in our salvation, yet we have many blind spots in our lives. Many things may appear harmless, but they can lead us to sin against You. Lord, help me to be like Moses and be strict with what I let into my life. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 29

Lunch Break Study

Read Philippians 4:6-7: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Questions to Consider

  1. When we are faced with anxiety or temptations, what does Paul encourage us to do?
  2. What will guard our hearts and minds against these attacks?
  3. What is the significance of the phrase “in Christ Jesus”?


  1. In the midst of anxiety and temptations, Paul commands us to ask the Lord for help with a thankful heart. While this may be a simple truth, it is difficult to do this when things are going wrong. However, Paul reminds us that God will hear us.
  2. Paul says that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. This is significant in two ways: First, we will know that this comes from God because it is a peace that we can’t comprehend. Second, Paul doesn’t say that God will “fix” our issues, but He will guarantee peace to face these issues.
  3. “In Christ Jesus” signifies our identity in Christ. We can only have access to this “surpassing all understanding” peace when we are God’s children.

Evening Reflection

This evening, spend some time with the Lord and invite Him to reveal any blind spots in your life (you may also call a small group member and ask them). Write these blind spots down and ask the Lord to help you work through them.

November 14, Thursday

The AMI QT Devotionals (new) from November 14-15 are provided by Emerson Lin.  Emerson and his wife Annie (and their son) are serving as AMI missionaries in E. Asia.   


Devotional Thought for Today

“Rejoice in Your Suffering”

Numbers 31:21-24

 “Then Eleazar the priest said to the men in the army who had gone to battle: “This is the statute of the law that the Lord has commanded Moses: 22 only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 23 everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean. Nevertheless, it shall also be purified with the water for impurity. And whatever cannot stand the fire, you shall pass through the water. 24 You must wash your clothes on the seventh day, and you shall be clean. And afterward you may come into the camp.” 

1 Peter 1:6-7

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Fire is such a unique and natural element: When uncontrolled it can create great devastation, such as wild-fires and destruction of buildings; but when controlled, it creates warmth on cold nights, heat to cook our favorite dishes, and purifies precious metals for jewelry.

In this passage, the Israelites had just defeated the Midianites and collected the plunder. Those who had killed any person, the Lord commanded that they must purify themselves and everything they own. Things that could not withstand fire—such as garments and materials made of wood—had to be purified in water. However, all the precious metals had to be purified through fire to burn away the impurities. Once they went through this process, the soldiers would be able to enter the camp.

This passage reminds me of Peter’s exhortation about rejoicing in our trials. Like these precious metals, God longs for our faith to be pure like Jesus; therefore, He uses the trials that we encounter to burn away the impurities in our faith. Maybe you are encountering suffering because God is trying to teach you how to become more compassionate like Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). Maybe you have to deal with an annoying coworker because He is trying to teach you how to love your enemies. Or, you may be going through a season where it is difficult to find a job, and God is teaching you to trust in Him. Peter encourages us not to grow weary but to rejoice because our faith is becoming more genuine. Isn’t that reassuring?

In the middle of suffering, we might be tempted to think that God doesn’t care about us, He is punishing us, or that He might not even be real. May we be reminded that God is walking with us. In fact, it’s possible that He is using this difficulty to shape us to be more like Jesus. So then, let us rejoice in our suffering!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You do not leave us as we are, but You desire for us to become more genuine in our faith. Lord, You sanctify us in different ways, especially through suffering. And in my suffering, I know the enemy is going to lie to me that God has abandoned me. Lord, remind me of this truth: that You are using it to make me better. Help me to rejoice in my suffering.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 28

Lunch Break Study

Read James 1:2-4: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” 

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the significance of the word “when”?
  2. What happens when we let steadfastness have its full effect?
  3. How do you view trials and tribulations?


  1. The word “when” reminds us that we will face trials, and it should not be a shock to us. In fact, James reminds us that we will have different trials: it could be persecution for faith, spiritual attack, emotional attack, or physical ailment. In these circumstances, James reminds us to rejoice!
  2. When we persevere in these trials, we become mature Christians that lack nothing. 
  3. Personal reflection.

Evening Reflection

Trials are God’s way of shaping us to become more like Jesus. Instead of acting defeated during these times, New Testament authors command us to rejoice in our sufferings. Are you currently going through difficulties? This evening, invite the Holy Spirit to transform the way we view our suffering.

November 13, Wednesday

Today’s blog, written by Pastor Peter Yoon of Kairos Church in San Diego, was first posted on November 26, 2014.


Devotional Thought for Today

“How Happy Are You?”

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

In the summer of 2015, Pixar is going to introduce a movie called “Inside Out” to a worldwide audience.  Those who’ve seen the previews undoubtedly are looking forward to meeting the movie’s characters, such as “Fear,” “Sadness,” “Joy,” “Anger” and “Disgust.” These emotions that we feel daily often influence how we behave.  Sometimes, they come into our hearts for a quick visit and before you know it, they are already out the door; other times, it feels like these emotions have parked their cars in our hearts, having thrown away their keys. 

Here, we see that Solomon, long before the rise of psychology, had already recognized how the inner disposition affects the well-being of the body. He recognized that happiness would generally lead a person towards good health while a crushed spirit dries up even the bone of that person. 

So the question today is, how happy are you?  You might be quick to think about your present circumstances to answer that; the question, however, is not, “How are your circumstances?” The question is, “How happy are you today?” 

A researcher by the name of Shawn Achor (Harvard), while he was studying about happiness, had an opportunity to visit schools and talk with kids living in Soweto, South Africa.   Realizing that his Harvard education and background were irrelevant to the children, he made an attempt to bond with them with something more universal: Dislike of homework. He asked what he thought was a rhetorical question: “How many of you like to do school work at home?” Shockingly, almost all of them raised their hand in favor of school work at home. Achor learned that two groups can approach the same situation, or the same assignment, or the same work, or the same class, and come to totally different conclusions. One group would express their disdain and complain while the other group would express joy and gratitude. 

It was because what some people perceived as their “right” (not to be hassled by homework), these Soweto students saw it as a gift to grow: “I get to learn. I get to read. I get to discover. I get to use creativity. Develop critical thinking skills. I’m so fortunate.” When you see what you are given as a “gift” that you did not deserve, you naturally develop joyful gratitude.  

Today is a day before the annual Thanksgiving day; count your blessings and be happy because God loves and cares about you even though we really don’t deserve any of it. 

Prayer: Lord, there is so much to be thankful for today. I rejoice because You have given me life. I rejoice because You are with me. I rejoice even in my troubles because You will refine my character and produce within me a hope that does not disappoint. Thank you for your gift of joy. Amen.  

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 27

Lunch Break Study  

Read Phil. 1:12-19: Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. 15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

Questions to Consider 

  1. What is Paul’s surrounding circumstance as he writes this letter to the Philippian church? 
  2. How do some believers, presumably acquaintances of Paul, behave that further agitates the apostle?
  3. How does Paul respond in the midst of his trying circumstances? 


  1. Paul is “in chains”. He is actually sitting in prison (most likely Rome) having been arrested for his faith. 
  2. Since some of the leaders of the church were threatened by Paul’s presence in the city, his incarceration became their opportunity to shine.  In other words, they were ministering out of envy and rivalry and selfish gain. 

Evening Reflection

Spend some time reflecting with the Lord about your family. Take some time to thank the Lord specifically for each of your family members.