Category: Jeffrey Phillips

“The Perfect Love of Jesus Christ” by Jeff Phillips

It is written in John 1:1…

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

and John 1:14

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Jesus is born of God through Mary.  As the Son of God and the Word made flesh, Jesus was perfect with no flaws.  Jesus’ greatest strength was his unending perfect love.

Jesus’ great acts of love can be witnessed throughout the Gospels. Jesus shows his love to a woman that committed adultery that the Pharisees had brought to him in John 8:4-11. The Pharisees were testing Jesus in trying to get him to stone her as it is written in the law given to Moses. He then rebukes them by saying “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” He then stoops down to her level told her “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Jesus knew when to show tender love, but he also knew when to show bold and tough love as well. He shows this tough love when tells a young rich man that in order for him to give to heaven he must give up all his riches and follow him. He tells him that because he knows what the young man loves more that anything else in the world, his money. Jesus wants our whole heart and full undivided attention, putting all things aside and severing only him for he is the only “way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by” Jesus (John 14:6). Jesus’ greatest act of love is that he gave his life for our salvation, so that the first Adam’s act of betrayal could be wiped away. All we have to do to receive that salvation is repent of our sins, accept him as our Lord and savior, and continue to spread the good news.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-39 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” As his disciples Jesus wants us the first the Lord above all else, then love you everyone to include your enemy as he loves them. He wants to strive to be like him and let his light shine through us for all to see.

We may struggle in our walk occasionally, but he is always there to help us along.

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“The Strength of David” by Jeff Phillips

No matter how big the task or the advisory David had courage bigger than him. David had that courage because he knew where his strength came from. God gave him that strength and courage because David was a man after God’s heart.
David was the youngest son of Jesse and a descendent of Ruth and Boaz. He was a shepherd as well. As a shepherd, his job was to protect the sheep in his care. It is written in 1 Samuel 17: 34-35 “And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: and I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him and slew him.” That is one piece of evidence of his courage that God gave him. Another sign of his courage was when faced Goliath, a giant close to ten feet tall. Goliath was insulting God, which David loved with all his heart all his soul and all his might, and he was not having any of. There may be some that would David’s running from Saul as fear of Saul. Above all David feared the Lord, Saul was anointed by God to be King. So David’s fear in fighting Saul was not being defeated and killed by Saul. He knew that if he faced Saul with the Lord on his side, he would defeat and possibly kill the anointed king Saul. David’s biggest weakness was his lust for women. At a time when he should be in the field of combat he got complacent and gave into that weakness with a married woman Sheba. God forgave him for that sin and the sin of murder in an effort to cover it up, but he paid dearly for his sin.
As can be seen in David’s life, as long as we stay focused on God we have nothing to fear. The minute we get complacent in our service to God is when we are our weakest. That is the opportunity that Satan will use to attack us with his fiery darts to make us fall. The good news is that God is a patient and forgiving God and we have his son Jesus Christ that wash away our failures away and continue to help us be better disciples of Him.

“Samson and His Pride.” By Jeff Phillips

​God created Samson with great strength for a specific reason in mind, to release the Israelites from under the oppression of the Philistines. Even though Samson had great strength that was given him by God, his pride in himself and his hair is what caused him to fall. Samson’s pride nearly caused him to fail at the task that he was created for.

​The angel of Lord promised the wife of Mannoah, which was barren, that she would bear a son. That promise came with requirements. Those requirements included abstaining from wine and strong drink, abstaining from eating of any unclean thing, and her son was not to cut his hair. God blessed Samson as a Nazarite with great strength to deliver Israel from out of hand of the Philistines. Samson developed a pride in his strength, his hair, and himself to where he thought nothing could happen to him. That pride caused him to eat the unclean honey from the rotting carcass of a lion, and allowed himself to be tricked into telling Delilah, the Philistine Harlot, that his strength was in his hair. The only way that God could get through to him was to humble him when he lost his strength, captured by the Philistines and had his eyes gouged out. In fact there are two moments that Samson was to weak to go on and turned to God. One was when he had just slain a thousand men and was sore of thirst. He then prayed to God and was provided water from the donkey jaw bone. The second time was when he was imprisoned by the Philistines with his eyes gouged out and ridiculed. He prayed for strength one last time. God provided that strength in a big way, where he slew more in his death than he slew during his life.

​Pride is a very sinful trait. Pride will cause a person to hold grudges when they feel they in the right. Pride will cause one person to think that they are better that everyone else. Pride will cause a person change their focus on God to the focus on the accomplishments and themselves. It is very easy to fall into the trap of self-pride, but we have to remember where the glory of every trial and victory belongs. The glory and praise belongs to God.

“Joshua and His Trust in God” by Jeff Phillips

​Joshua was a man of God with great courage, because he trusted the Lord. There was no task to big or insignificant for Joshua because he had the trust and faith that God would provide a way. That trust is seen throughout the biblical telling of his life.
​The first time his courage is seen is Exodus 17 when Moses directed Joshua to pick choice men to battle the Amalek. He didn’t question Moses or God; he just went and defeated the Amalek. He later shows that trust in God in Numbers 14 when he spoke against all of Israel and their cowardice. The children of Israel had a fear of the Giants that were in the Promised Land that was greater than their trust in God, even after everything that God had done for them. Joshua and Caleb on the other hand knew that God would provide the victory. Later in Joshua 5 and 6, God gave Joshua the plan the destroy Jericho marching around the walled city on time a day for seven days and seven times and make long blast of the horns on the seventh day. The plan seemed impossible, but for God nothing is impossible and Joshua was well aware of that.
​God choose Joshua as Moses’ predecessor, because Joshua was an obedient servant of the Lord that had complete trust the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. God blessed Joshua greatly because of his obedience and trust. As children of God and servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to have complete trust in our God and his will even when the odds are stacked against us. The task before you may seem too big for you, but nothing is too big for God.

“The charity of Boaz.” by Jeff Phillips

There are many characteristics a Kings Man, a man of God, should have. They include Honor, courage or boldness, faith and charity or love just to name few. Paul explains the importance of charity in passage from 1 Corinthians 13 below.

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

According to Dictionary.com there seven definitions for charity, but the three that stick out the most are as follows: 1. benevolent feeling, especially toward those in need or in disfavor. 2. Leniency in judging others; forbearance. 3. Christian or agape love. Above all Boaz displayed this character of charity that Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 13 with his treatment of those around him. This is especially true in his treatment of Ruth.
Boaz’s charity is really evident when he shows compassion for a woman that is considered an outsider. It was considered to be great taboo, and was commanded by God to not marry a woman of a different nationality and religion. Boaz heard Ruth’s story and knew that she gave up her religion, country, and family to follow Naomi and Naomi’s God and to take care of Naomi. He can see that she is truly a virtuous woman. He honors the sacrifice that Ruth gave for Naomi and God by ensuring that she received a little extra from her gleaning. His displays courage and integrity when he decides to portray this character of charity above protecting his reputation and inheritance. He uses his knowledge of the law and the pride of a closer relative’s reputation to convince the other relative pass down right to buy Naomi’s inheritance to Boaz. His final act of charity shown in the Bible is portrayed when Boaz and Ruth give their first born son Obed to Naomi, which is the lineage of David then later Jesus.

Paul goes on to explain in 1 Corinthians 13:13

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

I find that Boaz’s greatest trait is charity or agape love. My hope and prayer is that us Kings Men as the body of Christ can always show this type of charity to all those around us.

Jeff Phillips