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October 7, 2022



Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort. . .

Philippians 3:1-3 NLT



After using the word joy or rejoice eight times already in this letter Paul reminds his readers to again “rejoice in the Lord.” He doesn’t tell them to rejoice in the bad things happening to them. He tells them to rejoice in the Lord despite what may be going on in their lives. We can take joy in the Lord even when our present circumstances are uncomfortable, difficult or confusing. We realize that our joy does not come from earthly things but from our relationship with the Lord. Then Paul warns them about the Judaizers who were teaching that you had to obey Jewish law in order to be saved. They were telling the Gentiles they had to be circumcised in order to be saved. Paul called them “dogs.” This was a very derogatory term that attacked these false teachers. Paul wants us to know our salvation is based on the work of Jesus on the cross and there is no human effort that can accomplish salvation. We are saved by grace through faith not by works. In almost every church there are those who contend you must do this or do that, or not do this or that. There are always those who want to add to the simplicity of the gospel of faith in Jesus. We should always be careful not to fall into the camp of the “dogs.”



Holy Spirit help me not to impose laws on others or myself. Help me remember it is by faith through grace.

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Cindy Johnston
Cindy Johnston
Oct 07, 2022

Thank you Jesus for paying the price that I could never pay. May I be led by your Spirit in all I do.


Holy Spirit, please help me to not be judgmental but accepting. Help me to understand the power of God’s grace.


Lord, even when it is hard, help me to extend grace to others and see them from your perspective. With constant love and respect

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