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January 10th, 2018 - Phil 1: 19-24

                      Daily Devotional <> Wednesday <> January 10, 2018

                      Paul say to live is Christ  <> Philippians 1: 19-24

                          Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul is encouraged for his release from prison. The means which God will use to secure Paul's release will be the prayers from the Philippians & the ministry or help of the Spirit. Now think of this, it is true that, Christians can influence the destiny of nations & change the course of history through prayer.

   The supply of the Spirit means the power of the Holy Spirit stretched forth in his behalf <> this is where his strength comes from. In general, it refers to the boundless resources which the Spirit supplies to enable believers to stand fast, regardless of the circumstances.

   As he thought of the prayers of the Christians & the assistance of the Holy Spirit, he expressed his eager desire & hope that he might never be ashamed, but, that he might always have a fearless & outspoken witness for Christ. No matter what Paul's condition his first thoughts were that Christ be magnified whether he was put to death or freed from prison.

   Paul's philosophy of life is that he did not live for money, fame, or pleasure. His object of life was to love, worship, & serve the Lord Jesus. He wanted the Savior to live out His life through him.  Paul said for me to die is gain. He did not consider death as a dark pathway, where treasure rots away in swift corruption, it was a place of gracious transition, “a covered way that leads to light.

   Paul is so involved in the service of the Lord that he did not know whether to go be with the Lord or stay in his service here. He was hard pressed between the two means to be required to make a difficult decision between two possibilities <> That of going home to be with the Lord or remaining on earth as an Apostle of Jesus Christ.

   Notice that Paul did not believe in the theory of Soul-sleep. He believed the Christian goes to be with the Lord at the time of death & that he is in the conscience enjoyment of the presence of the Lord.

   For the sake of the Philippians, it was more needful for Paul to live on earth a while longer. Paul does not think of his own comfort here, but of what will best advance the cause of Christ. We should do the same thing as Paul does here, be interested in the advancement of Christ.