Paul's Chains Advance the Gospel Part 3

Today we finish the section on Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel…tomorrow we get into Imitating Christ’s Humility in Philippians chaptah 2.

Glorious Lord, I ask that You would be with me as I write this blog, that You would bless the words being written. That You would fill the readers with Your Spirit…that You would bless all those who read. Thank You, Lord Jesus, thank You. Amen.

Read Philippians 1:27-30

27Whatever 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 one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
Paul is explaining to them that no matter what they go through they should still live for Christ, even if he doesn’t come to help them through it. He has faith in them that they will stand together in faith.

28without 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.
Don’t get freaked out because there are those who are against you, stand against them as one. Because they are against you, you will know that they are going to Hell and you will be in Heaven with Christ.

29For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,
This is the most powerful verse of the passage…we are not only put on this earth to believe in Christ and to go to Heaven…but also we need to suffer for Christ. Its not all love and grace and fluffy bunnies…you have to go through the bad as well as the good.

30since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
Paul is saying that he’s been there…he’s struggled with his faith…he knows where they are.

I challenge you all to live for Christ all the time…to realize that you must go through the suffering and sadness as well as all of the good things in life. Tomorrow, we talk about attitude…

Be the pinprick of light in the darkness. The star. Be the star.

Posted by Jane | at 6/23/2009 09:44:00 PM

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