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shining lights

14 Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves. 15 For then you will be seen as innocent, faultless, and pure children of God, even though you live in the midst of a brutal and perverse culture. For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe, 16 offering them the words of eternal life.

Philippians 2:14-16, The Passion Translation (TPT)

cheerful, without complaining

“Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves.” – Philippians 2:14, The Passion Translation (TPT)

what pleases Him

God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13, The Passion Translation (TPT)

trembling

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,…” – Philippians 2:12, New International Version (NIV) 

“My beloved ones, just like you’ve always listened to everything I’ve taught you in the past, I’m asking you now to keep following my instructions as though I were right there with you. Now you must continue to make this new life fully manifested as you live[j] in the holy awe of God—which brings you trembling into his presence.” – Philippians 2:12, The Passion Translation (TPT)

your motivation

“Look at how much encouragement[a] you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy.[b]

So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together[c] with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.

Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mindset become your motivation.” – Philippians 2:1-5, The Passion Translation (TPT)

humility

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,…” – Philippians 2:3, New International Version (NIV)

do nothing

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.” – Philippians 2:3a, New International Version (NIV)

perfect unity

Although Paul wrote these words, I read them as directly from the Throne. “So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together[c] with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.” – Philippians 2:2, The Passion Translation (TPT)

vital

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit,…” – Isaiah 30:1a, King James Version (KJV)

“Woe to the rebellious children,
    who carry out their own plans but not mine,
    and who sign treaties without consulting my Spirit,
    piling one sin upon another. – Isaiah 30:1, The Passion Translation (TPT)

Please be cautious. this is not a time to go off on tangents or beliefs without checking it out against God’s Word and with His Spirit. If we don’t consult the Father, we’re coming out from under His covering – a dangerous place to be. This would fulfill Matthew 24:24.

“….so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).” – Matthew 24:24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

continue the conversation

This is the beginning of what it looks like to fulfill Psalm 133. We need to keep the conversation going. bethebridge.com

A song to bring you higher, by King David
How truly wonderful and delightful
to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity!
It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil
flowing from the head of the high priest Aaron,
dripping down upon his beard and running all the way down
to the hem of his priestly robes.[a]
This heavenly harmony can be compared to the dew
dripping down from the skies upon Mount Hermon,
refreshing the mountain slopes of Israel.
For from this realm of sweet harmony
God will release his eternal blessing, the promise of life forever!