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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

Colossians3:16a (NIV)


Today you will be watching Pastor Dave Gibbons from Newsong Church in Irvine, CA. Pastor Dave will be teaching on Matthew 13:3-23.



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For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Philippians 2:13 (NLT)



Philippians is a letter written by the apostle Paul to the Christians of Philippi. This is a letter filled with joy and love, even though Paul wrote this from a prison cell while being persecuted by the Romans. Paul’s joy does not come from money or circumstances; his joy comes from loving Christ. Read Philippians 1-4 (NIV).

Philippians 1

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God's holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deaconst:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 I thank my God every time I remember you.4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Paul's Chains Advance the Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,t that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guardtand to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
19 for I know that through your prayers and God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.t20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Life Worthy of the Gospel

27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,t striving together as one for the faith of the gospel28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Philippians 2

Imitating Christ's Humility

1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very naturet God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very naturet of a servant,
being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12 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,13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,15 so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation."t Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill.27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.

Philippians 3

No Confidence in the Flesh

1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—

4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith intChrist—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Following Paul's Example

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Philippians 4

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Final Exhortations

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet all God's people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings.22 All God's people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar's household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.t

Posted by Sarah Andros 1/24/2012 9:00:00 AM
Hello Believers! I absolutely LOVE Pastor Dave Gibbons. I love his illustrations, mannerisms, and heart on Fire for Jesus Christ. He was my pastor all of 2009 and once again listening to him speak on the Word of God sets well within my soul. So glad he was a part of this 40 Days in The Word!
Posted by Pilar Arsenec 1/25/2012 4:01:00 AM
I have to admit I never heard of this Pastor, but I absolutely love him now after this devotion. Pastor Dave Gibbons teach with such humility and authenticity is delightful as well as refreshing. His devotion really spoke to me.
Posted by Debbie H 1/25/2012 11:18:00 AM
Thank you Pastor Dave...Love your church! My friends invited me as a guest on day
Posted by adam dayton 1/25/2012 6:32:00 PM
I was personally told the exact same thing two days ago, before I listened to this pastor's message. Guess I have some tilling to do!
Posted by Uneek 1/26/2012 12:52:00 AM
I am very grateful to have this wonderful opportunity to once again return to the life giving word of God! As well, I am grateful to all the pastors who are laboring to bring about this great experience of 40 days in the word! Thank you!
Posted by Uneek 1/26/2012 12:52:00 AM
I am very grateful to have this wonderful opportunity to once again return to the life giving word of God! As well, I am grateful to all the pastors who are laboring to bring about this great experience of 40 days in the word! Thank you!
Posted by S. Miles 1/27/2012 6:42:00 AM
The word that made me say hmmm the most today was not the most obvious or strongest like the words ?desire? or ?power?. It was the little word ?is?. We tend to skip quickly over this little verb and see it as a simple connector or a minor action. But when I think of it in light of God who is omnipotent, omnipresent, has always been and will always be, it means so very much more. ?Is? is often thought of as representing a brief moment in time. But here, it is telling me that God has always been, is currently, and will continue to work in me personally to plant a seed that is catapulted forward by desire and power. It means that my life, feelings, and actions are not random because he was working on this before I was born. He clearly has a plan for my life that existed a long time ago. The question I have to ask myself is will I step up and make the right choices that will ultimately please him. 40 days is certainly a good start?
Posted by Ken Hijar 1/27/2012 6:49:00 AM
It is amazing to see God though the eyes of others. How great he is. I am so thankful for the opportunity to receive the ministry of others who share a love for the Lord. I feel strong by participating in this "virtual" fellowship. God bless.
Posted by Irene 1/27/2012 7:37:00 AM
Wow! I just went through the Pronounce It exercise for today. Powerful! Such a great way to hear God!!!
Posted by Christian 1/27/2012 9:37:00 PM
Powerful words on the sower and the seed. Challenging thoughts on the seed being in our hearts as Gods word and as Jesus. Thank you Pastor Dave for your great insight and heart for the scriptures.
Posted by Melinda 1/28/2012 7:53:00 AM
Let us: learn to rejoice in all things, learn to give thanks in all things, learn to do all things of God, learn to be content in all things, and learn to live in Christ.
Posted by Pastor Shirley 1/31/2012 11:21:00 PM
The most powerful part of this message is when Pastor Dave said his wife told him that he didnt listen to her and he didnt realise that until she said it. How many times is God trying to talk to us and we just dont hear him or listen to him because we are caught up with the pressures of life. From this day forward let all of us make time to hear from God and listen to Him daily. God bless your ministry Pastor Dave
Posted by PJMN 2/1/2012 4:58:00 AM
I love this text and all the insights given to us. Thank you for helping people understand the Word. Verse 19 says if we don't understand it the eveil one can snatch it away. Protect the word and make time to go deeper with Jesus. Thanks so much Pastor Dave.
Posted by Juliana 2/3/2012 8:23:00 AM
Thanks Pastor Dave for sharing so personally about your marriage in the context of this message. What I really related to in your talk was that I am constantly getting distracted while I'm on the phone because I'm always multitasking. And this is terrible, but I'll realize all of a sudden that I don't know what the other person has been saying cause I wasn't really listening. Your analogy was perfect, because I do the same thing with God. And it doesn't allow me to really hear Him and to really deepen my relationship with Him.
Posted by lois 2/8/2012 4:16:00 AM
It feels like God is saying to ALL of us, "Come children, sit down with Me here and pay very close attention, for there is much to learn and much these pastors and this program have to teach you. I want all of you to come in closer to Me--be very very connected to Me-- for we have much work to do, and it is only by being united with Me any of your efforts will be successful." Thanks be to God for this a m a z i n g program!
Posted by wayne s 2/8/2012 5:10:00 PM
The overarching idea is that the sower sowed wherever the seed fell. "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase."
Posted by Jo Ann M. 2/9/2012 11:25:00 AM
Let my heart be open to your word Lord Jesus and given me the power to di it.
Posted by Kyran Baker 2/10/2012 10:38:00 AM
I am going back and catching up re:listening to these pastors on video. Pastor Dave Gibbons shared this scripture relating it to lifes stories and experiences. I have never heard him or seen him but I want to say Thank you for introducing him to us-me. God spoke through Dave and touched my heart profoundly today. Dear heavenly Father thank you for 40DITW and for these pastors that are supporting each day of learning to grow closer to you. Thank you Lord for our church, the body and Pastor Rick for this study and his vision and love for us and lead us through learning to listen and hear you and the holy spirit speak to each of us. Amen
Posted by Viola 2/11/2012 4:46:00 AM
God is Awesome! Delivering his word through the right person at the right time. Thank you Pastor Dave
Posted by bobbie s 2/11/2012 8:07:00 AM
"The soil is the condition of our heart" spoke to me deeply. Pastor Dave explained how to prepare our hear each day, looking for connection with the Holy Spirit, paying attention, making space. This is great application to continuing in the right heart every day. Thank you so much!
Posted by Yvonne 2/14/2012 5:46:00 AM
Pastor Dave did an excellent job. It opened my eyes and cause me to really re-examine my life as to whether I am listening to God. Thanks Pastor Dave.
Posted by Sherry 2/15/2012 12:12:00 AM
Pastor Dave thank you so much for this explanation of the sowing of the seed. You cannot even imagine how many years I read it but never REALLY got until now...Wow...now that I know that Jesus is the seed and my heart is the soil....time to water that seed!!!!God Bless!
Posted by Scott 2/22/2012 8:14:00 AM
Amen Pastor Dave - receive the word into your heart and then, let it shine pass it on and produce fruit
Posted by youok lee 2/26/2012 8:03:00 PM
this scriptures rekindles my heart toward Jesus Christ.
Posted by Valerie Robinson 3/14/2012 5:04:00 AM
Thank you Pastor Dave for bringing to my attention that the soil references the condition of my heart, and then telling me what to do to allow the seed to take root in my life so that i can be fruitful. Be Blessed.
Posted by J Hanna 3/18/2012 7:39:00 PM
I use to think I was the seed. throwing out the love and word of Jesus all over the land, never seeing what it reaps. This is another way of looking at things. I thank you for opening my eyes and mind to all the word has for me as it applys to my life. Thanks Pastor Dave for your words of wisdom and sharing. I live in Singapore and shall find more ways inside my sole to make room for those seeds.
Posted by CJ 3/25/2012 10:38:00 AM
Thank you so much Pastor Dave. I loved how you explained this parable and how you used your own personal experiences to illustrate the importance of really listening. Thank you and God Bless You!
Posted by Brenda Selent 4/13/2012 1:43:00 PM
Absolutely love Pastor Dave's way of explaining the different soil conditions , which represent the condition of our heart. I also appreciated his reference to the power of the Holy Spirit in our life. Thank you for contributing to 40 Days.
Posted by Toyin 4/21/2012 7:26:00 AM
Thanks for a great spiritual resource; its already building me up even on Day 3. Please how do i get the workbook?
Posted by Brian Merrick 4/25/2012 11:22:00 PM
I was listening about what Paster Dave Gibbons said about his wife told me that you don't listen. I sometimes talk when she is talking and I am not listening. I must be open to the point to listen to her talk and then I can respond on what she says.
Posted by Rodney 6/5/2012 11:28:00 AM
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be blessed with the tools to have 40 days in the word to be able to have so many different believers assist me in my walk with Jesus. Thank you God for all the blessings in my life, I love you.
Posted by Joy 6/23/2012 8:40:00 PM
focus on listening ... not the first time today!
Posted by Mr T 7/21/2012 11:28:00 AM
Thank you God for leading us at LifeChurch Manurewa, NZ to 40 days in the Word.Loving God, Loving Life, Loving Others.God is Good.
Posted by Nathan 8/21/2012 6:15:00 PM
"Fight the fires of temptation with the Fire of Christ!" AWESOME!
Posted by Christopher Coyne 8/29/2012 7:48:00 AM
I want to thank God for allowing Pastor Rick to share with us the 40 Days in the word program. I as well as my church, Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL are beginning the third day of the first week and I would like to share my response to how this verse applies to my life: I used to dread awaking each day for work. I almost couldn't bear going to my job and putting up with the people I work for and some of the people I work with, but thanks to God and His son Jesus and my faith in them, I look forward to each day with renewed energy as I work for our wonderful Father, in heaven, and he fills my heart with joy! Amen.
Posted by Carol 5/8/2013 1:36:00 AM
"Fight the fires of temptation with the Fire of Christ!" So powerful
Posted by Kate 9/29/2013 4:42:00 AM
Thank you Pastor Dave for your message today. The condition of my heart will be a consideration each time I sit down to study Gods word. I want my heart to be so thirsty that the only thing on my mind is saturating it with Him.
Posted by Peter 11/17/2014 9:46:00 PM
Thank you for making my daily bible devotions easier. From the Philippines.
Posted by Peter 11/17/2014 9:49:00 PM
I have subscribed for daily text devotions on my cellphone. However, the confirmation number was not sent. I am from the Philippines and although I posted my number, still, no confirmation number has been received by me.Congratulations for making my bible studies easier.
Posted by Mike quayle 8/20/2016 10:31:00 AM
Greetings brothers and sisters from down under in Australia. G'day to you all! I have just started to do this wonderful course and I am on my 3th day. And between you and me I've been born again over 13 years and I've learned so much in the past three days more than in the past years. I am rejoicing now and I am hoping to be rejoicing even more after day 40. Thank you again. 2 Corinthians 13:14May the grace of The Lord Jesus Christ,And the love of God,And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.Farewell brothers and sistersMike
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