Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th September 2022


Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20 September 2022 Written BY BY DR. JOHN KOESSLER (Moody Bible Institute)


SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:1–14

KEY VERSE: But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. PHILIPPIANS 3:7


If you’ve ever tried to declutter your home, you know how hard it is! As you go through each item, trying to decide whether to keep it, give it away, or discard it, you realize how attached you are to physical belongings.

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We like to hang on to what we value. But in today’s passage, the apostle Paul describes some things he used to consider important but now regarded worthless. These were not pictures or possessions but the confidence he once had in his religious heritage and his track record in keeping God’s Law.

Paul paints a before and after picture for us in these verses that reveals a sharp contrast. Before Christ, he put his confidence in what he calls “the flesh” (v. 3). Paul uses this word in several different ways in his writings. Here it stands for Paul’s efforts to be righteous apart from Jesus Christ. He calls this “a righteousness of my own that comes from the law.” Its opposite is “the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith” (v. 9).

This is what Paul means when he talks about having faith in Christ. Those who place their faith in Jesus depend not on their own righteousness, but the righteousness that comes from God. It can only be received as a gift; we cannot earn it. In this way, those who know Christ also know “the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings” (v. 10).

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th September 2022

The power of Christ’s resurrection granted by the Holy Spirit enables us to “put to death the misdeeds of the body” (Rom. 8:13). Paul does not say that Christians are perfect. Instead, they are being perfected through the Cross and the power of Christ’s resurrection.

>> What are you depending on for righteousness? Paul says that anything other than Christ is garbage. Let it go! Only Jesus can make you righteous. He alone can give you victory over sin.

Pray with Us

We want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and to participate in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death (v. 10). There is no higher calling in life than to know, love, and serve You.

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Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include Dangerous Virtues: How to Follow Jesus When Evil Masquerades as Good (Moody Publishers), The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th September 2022



Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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