Standing firm with confidence!

Scripture reading for August 31st:  Psalm 140-142 and Philippians 1

Key Scriptures:  Philippians 1:27-30 “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.  This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.”

Paul was in prison and not sure whether he would live or die for the Gospel.  He wrote to the church at Philippi to encourage them to stand firm in their faith and not be afraid.  Faith in Christ often involves suffering for His sake.  There is a spiritual conflict that comes with belonging to Him, but we can have great confidence in our final outcome.

Psalm 140:12-13 “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.  Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your Name; the upright shall dwell in Your Presence.”  

Prayer:  Lord, empower me today to stand firm in the conflict and suffering that comes to those who believe.  Thank You for the encouragement of Your Word and past apostles and saints.  Amen.

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