Rejoice! Our life is God’s!

Scripture reading for June 1st: Philippians 1

Key Scriptures: Philippians 1:18-23 “Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Chris this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.”

Paul was writing to his friends and fellow believers at Philippi. He was in jail for preaching the Gospel and uncertain of his fate in the hands of the Roman government. There had been false accusations against him as well as other preachers who preached for gain. But He was rejoicing that he could make a defense of the Gospel before those holding him and in fact the whole Roman guard. He was convinced that God would take care of him, whether he lived or died. His greatest desire and hope was that Christ Jesus would be exalted through his life –or his death! In fact, if he could choose, it would be far better for him to depart and be with Christ!

Philippians 1:9-11 “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.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Paul’s life and testimony from jail. I rejoice today in Your grace to put me where I am most effective. May my life, trials, and passing to glory bring the exaltation of You and the Gospel.

Philippians 1:29-30 “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believer 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.”

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