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Scripture Passage:  Philippians 4:10-14

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.


Devotional Entry:  

     Its Easter Week, a time where we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made in his death on the cross, and celebrate the new life we have in his resurrection.  At Catalyst, our mission is to help people become all they are created and called to be.  God knew that there was something that was holding people back from being all that He made them to be, so He sent Jesus to eliminate the obstacle hindering us so we can be who we were made to be.

     When I read the passage from Philippians 4, I believe Paul is showing us the type of people that God intended us to become.  Verse 11 and 12 talk about different circumstances that Paul has learned to be "content" with.  He has learned to live in both good and difficult times, when he has little and when he has a lot.  I believe this is the type of people that God wants us to be, people who are able to flourish in EVERY season, in EVERY circumstance.  

    Without Jesus, we would not be able to be a people who are able to flourish in EVERY circumstance.  Our old sinful nature would prevent us from this.  We might be able to do well when things are going in our favor, but what about when things don't go the way that we want them to?  Could we be like Jesus on the cross and forgive the people that were crucifying him?  If we are totally honest with ourselves, without Jesus and the forgiveness and new life that He offers we could at best fake it.

    As we reflect on the Easter season, we can have hope because Jesus did not just die on the cross, but He was raised to life.  God wants us to be the type of people who are able to flourish and thrive in EVERY season and EVERY circumstance.  The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross to set us free from our old sinful nature, and the release of the Holy Spirit to be in and with us, has set us on a course where we have the opportunity to become this type of people.  As we move into alignment in our body, soul, and spirit under the covering of the Holy Spirit, we have what we need to be people who are able to flourish no matter what the world throws our way!  


Application:  

     As you remember and reflect on the meaning of the Easter season, take some time to dialogue with God about anything that is hindering you from flourishing in the season you are in.  This past year has been difficult for everyone, which in a way can help to accelerate the process of identifying things that have been holding us back from being the type of people that can flourish in EVERY season.  If you feel prompted, lay these things at the feet of the cross.  God wants us to experience new life, but in order for us to do that, first we must lay down the ways of the old to make room for the new.