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Spirit-Based Confidence

Daily Reading: Philippians 1

Scripture Focus: I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel… (Philippians 1:12)

Devotional Thought: Paul sits in a prison cell as he writes this letter to the church in Philippi. Yet, rather than bemoan his circumstances or call for help, his heart and quill overflow with blessing for the church. “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God,” (v.9-11).

Speaking of the glory and praise of God, Paul is also quick to point out to these new believers that his circumstances, far from ideal in the world’s view, are actually serving to advance the gospel. These were terrifying times for Christians, as they were physically persecuted, even unto death by the Romans. Paul sees only the good that God is working through his imprisonment – the gospel is advanced, and brothers are confident and much bolder to speak the word without fear.

As we keep reading through this chapter, we see that Paul is fully expecting deliverance. Not necessarily a physical deliverance, but rather that Christ would be honored in his body, whether by life or by death. Paul’s primary motive, which he doggedly pursues throughout his ministry, is bringing glory to God.

What are our attitudes regarding our less-than-ideal circumstances? Do we seek deliverance from discomfort, or do we seek discovery of God’s will? Are we consumed with thoughts and pity for ourselves, or do we look for ways to bless and intercede for others even through our suffering? If Paul can do so from a prison cell, all the while rejoicing, then the Spirit will empower us to as well!


Prayer: Lord, we can only accomplish this type of rejoicing, regardless of circumstances, in you. Make known to us the full joy of your salvation, that we would not be defeated by the trials of this world!

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 131.1-3

1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. 2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.

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