Philippians 1:19 Works Out For Deliverance

for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Philippians 1:19

Bad things happen to people on a regular basis. When it occurs, people often only see the bad in it and cannot see anything good happening. Millions every year give up any hope of surviving the bad situation and end their lives.

Many people put all of their hope in situations that they can control, then get crushed when things outside of their control occur.

Paul had been in prison at the time of his writing this letter to the Philippians. the church was worried and praying for him. Paul believed that his being in prison would turn out for his deliverance.

When a person is going through a difficult time, it can be very difficult to continue to have hope. All that is seen is the trial set before them, with no apparent window of end or release in sight. Giving up appears to be the only option.

Believers will sometimes fall into the same mindset, forgetting who God is and how big He is. Looking through their own eyes, they only see as the world sees, nothing but the problem.

However, believers can have a hope and trust in God that goes beyond any logic or circumstances set before them. The God, who created the heavens and the earth, is still in control. With prayer and trust in Him, He can turn around the worst situation in a person’s life and deliver the person from the trial. This is done for His glory and honor.

God never allows a person to stay permanently in a bad trial. As a last option (in man’s eyes) God takes the person home to heaven. Otherwise, God always delivers the believer from the trial.

You may have some bad situation in your life. Do not give up or give in to it and the way of the world’s thinking. Pray to God and tell Him about it. As you are going through this trial, give God praise and put all of your hope and trust in Him.

At the right time, God will deliver you from the fiery trial you may be going through. Know that God will use what you are going through to deliver you and spread the gospel message to a fallen world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will pray to God about every situation; that you will see God’s hand of deliverance in your life; and that you will give God praise in and through every trial in your life.

Galatians 3:9 Do You Rely On Faith?

So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9

Everyone has at least some faith in something. Most people have faith in a chair, that when they sit down on it, it will hold them correctly. Very few will test the chair each and every time to determine if it will be safe to sit upon it.

The more someone uses something, the more faith he will have in it. The things someone has never tried before weakens his faith in it. He questions its reliability, until he has tried and proven it.

Paul begins talking to the Galatians about the difference of faith and works. Relying upon faith will cause one to be blessed as Abraham was.

Faith is trusting in something that cannot be directly seen. One can see a chair, but until he sits in it, he cannot know for fact that it will hold him. He has to have trust (faith) that it will hold him. If he puts extra supports on the chair prior to trying it out, he does not have faith in the chair.

Many people claim to have faith in Jesus, but then work hard to gain God’s support. They do many good works to look good to God. They focus on the do and don’t of the law, rather than the relationship and faith in what Jesus did. They immediately condemn themselves when they slip up and sin, rather than trusting Jesus and repenting.

Jesus promised forgiveness of all sins when one would repent. He promised to give the believer life, eternal life, just by believing in Him and obeying Him.

Those who rely upon their faith in Jesus and what He did will be forgiven and saved for eternity. It does not take anything else.

Ask yourself what are you relying upon for your salvation. Are you working hard to gain God’s approval? Or are you trusting in what Jesus did?

Trust in Jesus, have faith in Him and then step out in obedience to what God has said to do. Your faith will save you. Your obedience and works show that you have faith and trust Him.

One way is believing in self and works, while the other is relying on faith in what Jesus did and proving your faith. Are you being blessed as Abraham was?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did and promised; that you will rely upon faith in Jesus; and that you will know the blessings of having faith in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 1:8 Truth Of Unseen Troubles

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 2 Corinthians 1:8

When a person looks at a very wealthy person, they often think about how easy that person has it. They do not see the struggles or challenges that the wealthy person has or is going through.

Each person, regardless of position, has some challenges that he must face that others cannot see or maybe even understand.

Some of the Corinthian believers must have believed that Paul was having it easy as a believer. Paul tells them that he had so many problems in Asia, that he wanted to die.

On the surface, the life of many people appears to be good and easy going. It appears as if everything is going their way and that they have no challenges or problems. This thinking often occurs because most people do not air their problems or challenges. All that is seen is the good side of one’s life.

Every person has problems that go on behind closed doors. It may be physical or emotional, but they are still major problems.

It is common for people to see a seasoned believer and think that he has arrived and has no problems. All people are seeing is the surface of his life. The deep weeping and pain that is done in quiet is not seen by the general public.

Jesus promised that His followers would have trouble. Yet, many get discouraged and think they are the only ones going through trouble.

Every believer will have trouble in his life. Even Jesus had troubles, weeping to the point of death. Sometimes to the point of despairing of life. However, a believer will also trust God through it and move forward in spite of the trouble.

You may see some other fellow believer who seems to have everything going for him and has no problems. Do not believe that. Do not allow yourself to be jealous or uninformed.

Know that every believer, not just yourself, has many problems and challenges in life. God has a purpose for those troubles, trust Him and allow Him to work in and through you, despite the troubles. God is using those troubles to build and shape you and to build His kingdom through you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust God in all of your troubles; that God will show His purpose in all of your troubles; and that God will open your eyes to what is occurring in your life.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Faithfulness Is A requirement

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

Parents of children often have a trust fund set up to provide for the children in case of their death. The person who is given control of the trust fund are expected to be faithful with its distribution. It is not just given to anyone for their own personal gain or use.

While many should be able to be trusted with a trust fund, many will fail in being faithful with it. Many would improperly use it for their own use, rather than for what it was intended.

Paul revealed that every believer was entrusted with the mysteries of God. Now he tells the people that anyone given that trust must prove himself faithful.

The mysteries of God are that God loves everyone and has provided a way for everyone to be saved. Being saved is gaining eternal life, something that is greater than anything else a person can have or desire.

However, the mystery given to a person is not for his own personal use alone. It is to be shared and used for the benefit of others.

Many believers receive the mysteries of God, but keep it to themselves. They do not go out and be His witness, sharing what has been given to them. Nor do they live for God in every area of their lives. They trample upon their salvation by continuing to live in sin.

Those who continue to purposefully live in sin do not prove themselves faithful in how they handle what God has given them. They are proving themselves unfaithful with what has been entrusted to them, using it only for personal gain.

Every believer must realize that they are saved to worship God and to be His witness to others. They must share and distribute what has been given to them.

Ask yourself what you are doing with what God has given you. Are you hoarding it to yourself or are you sharing it with others? Jesus did not keep what He had to Himself, but proved Himself faithful unto God.

Do not let yourself be proven unfaithful, but faithful. Allow God to use you to build His kingdom. Allow God to build you up in Christ Jesus.

Can you be proven a faithful servant with the trust He has given you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has entrusted to you; that you will share what God has given you; and that God will see you as a trusted, faithful servant.