The Power of Together | Part Eight of Navigate: How to Successful Journey Through Life and These Times



Key Scriptures:

Ecclesiastes 4:9, Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 17:17, A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

John 13:34, A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

We are going to learn about the Power of Together highlighting four words:

Better, Bigger, Braver, and Bolder

Eccl. 4:9, “Two are better than one…”

You can do more with others than you can by yourself.

Eccl. 4:9, “They have a good reward for their labor…”
NLT, “…For they can help each other succeed.”

We usually think of bigger as large size or quantity –– more. We should think of bigger as higher quality.

Day 21 | You Have the Goods! – "Who I Am In Christ" Firm Foundation 21-Day Devotional

PERSONAL NOTE: Thank you for going along on this journey and using this resource as part of your devotional practice. I pray you were blessed, encouraged, and inspired to grow closer and deeper with Christ! #Navigate

Colossians 3:1, If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Jesus resurrection is the greatest event of human history. His resurrection verified and ratified everything God promised to humanity after the fall of Adam. His resurrection also proved that Christ's work was “efficacious,” meaning that He was effective and successful in producing a desired or intended result.

This was the backdrop to Paul writing, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above.” Everything God requires of you, He provides. Your can live in a “resurrected state” where you are designed to live free from the effects of death, sin, and defeat. Certainly, the challenges we all face are significant, but Paul's response was, “Set your mind on things above.”

You have the “goods!” You only need to use what you have in Christ. Paul gives another perspective when he wrote, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”(Colossians 3:3)

New Living Translation makes it clearer: “For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.“

The final and most glorious truth from this text is this: We will personally appear with Jesus, face-to-face, when He returns! We've not been “having church” in this life, we've been enjoying a relationship with God through Christ that culminates in heaven!

Reflection Questions:
1. How do you "seek those things which are above?"
2. Why is Jesus' resurrection so powerful?
3. What did it mean when Paul wrote, "For you died?"

Action Items:

Day 20 | "My God Shall Supply All Your Needs" Not Written to You, But... – "Who I Am In Christ" Firm Foundation 21-Day Devotional

Philippians 4:19, And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The text above were among the last words the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippian church. This is a very positive and popular verse today. It is important to remember that that Bible was not written with chapters and verses. This is a verse that needs the context in which it was written.

First of all, Paul was not “talking” to you, me, or anyone reading this text today. He specifically wrote to people in the Philippian church. (They were the “your” of the statement). Certainly, as Scripture today, this text can have application, but it must first be understood in its context.

God supplying every need of the Philippians “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” was a conditional promise. Many things that God does is attached to prior conditions. Certainly, His love is always unconditional, but God can love you and still let you fail and suffer need. Obedience to God matters.

What Paul wrote to the Philippians explains their path to blessing:

1. How one prays: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (v. 6)

2. How one thinks: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (v. 8)

3. They were givers and supported the ministry: “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity...” (v. 10-16)

4. Learn contentment: “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” (v. 11)

These were the types of faith-filled behaviors and mindsets which contributed to Paul's declaration over them, “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

It will be true for you and me if we walk the same faith-filled path.

Reflection Questions:
1. Why is Philippians 4;19 misunderstood? 
2. How do you need to build faith-filled obedience to God?
3. Why is context important to reading Scripture?

Action Items:

Day 19 | Two Kinds of Peace You Can Have Now – "Who I Am In Christ" Firm Foundation 21-Day Devotional

Philippians 4:7, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

There are not many things better in life than peace. There are a couple of important ways to understanding peace as it relates to God and your spiritual life:

1) Peace is a state where one is in right relationship with God.
2) Peace is a mental/emotional state where there is an absence of conflict and freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts. We call this “peace of mind.”

In this text, the Apostle Paul primarily refers to the first type of peace––with God. It is good to have peace of mind, but a right relationship with God is most helpful. As a benefit of this relationship, there is the promise that the peace of God will “Guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

There is something mysterious about possessing the peace of God: It is difficult to describe. Paul said, peace “surpasses all understanding.” It is both tangible (real to your senses), and intangible (beyond your senses).

Ways to get into the peace of God (which leads to peace of mind) include:

•  Prayer
•  Worship and singing on your own (doesn't matter how it sounds!)
•  Reading Scripture
•  Thinking on good things and crowding out bad thoughts (Read Philippians 4:8)
•  Reading other inspirational and educational materials
•  Walking and looking at nature (God's creation)
•  What can you think of?

Reflection Questions:
1. What are the two kinds of peace and what are some examples? 
2. How will you walk in the Peace of God today?
3. Why is peace difficult to describe?

Action Items:

Day 18 | Near, No Longer Far Away – "Who I Am In Christ" Firm Foundation 21-Day Devotional

Ephesians 2:13, But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians Chapter Two is an amazing study on who you are in Christ. The Apostle Paul begins with the words, “You he made alive...” The chapter ends with the words, “You also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

In Christ, you are on the move! You go from being “far away” to being “near.” Because of our own sinful nature we were far away from God's community and covenant in the following ways:

• Dead in your transgressions and sins (v.1)
• Sons of disobedience (v. 2)
• Dead in trespasses (v. 5)
• Foreigners and strangers (v. 19)

Because of God's love and Jesus' work (suffering, shed blood, death, resurrection) on our behalf, we have been brought near:

• Made us alive together with Christ (v. 5)
• Made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (v. 6)
• Show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (v. 7)
• We are His workmanship (v. 10)
• Fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (v. 19)
• Built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit (V. 22)

I enjoy travel, but there's no place like home, especially if the journey involved some challenges. No matter how “far away” you may be––in one way or another––God's love wants to bring you “near.”

Reflection Questions:
1. How did Jesus' blood bring you near
2. In what ways are you near today?
3. What type of mindset should you have today?

Action Items: