In today's Bible Verse of the Day, Paul was no stranger to suffering and persecution. He had been in and out of prison many times, but despite all of it, God was still able to use him mightily to advance the gospel message to the Gentiles.
In today's message, Paul encourages the believers in Philippi as they, too, are also facing suffering and persecution. Listen now to this 2-minute Bible study on Philippians 1:30.
Philippians 1:30, NLT: We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it."
Paul was no stranger to suffering and persecution. He had been in and out of prison many times, but despite all of it, God was still able to use him mightily to advance the gospel message to the Gentiles.
In today's message, Paul encourages the believers in Philippi as they, too, are also facing suffering and persecution.
Listen to today's 2-minute message to see how Paul uses a great visual image to explain the word "struggle."
THE CONTEXT FOR TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY:
In Philippians chapter one, Paul sends a letter to the church in Philippi thanking them for their support of his ministry. Even when others had abandoned Paul, the believers in Philippi continued to financially support him.
Paul has been encouraging the believers in Philippi that God has used his suffering to continue spreading the good news of the gospel. However, Paul deals with two conflicting desires. He wants to die and be with Christ, but he knows that God's not done with him yet. He knows that the Philippians still need him.
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In Philippians chapter one, Paul warns the believers in Philippi that suffering is part of God’s design for a Christian’s life.
And Paul is no stranger to suffering. In fact, he uses his own life as an example of someone who successfully suffered for the gospel. Writing from prison while awaiting trial in Rome, in Philippians 1:30 he says, “We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.”
Ten years prior to this letter, Paul had faced severe opposition in Philippi. In Acts 16, we see Paul and Silas unlawfully stripped, flogged, and thrown into prison due to allegations made by a slave girl’s owners. And many of the believers in Philippi had witnessed that persecution.
And the Philippians themselves were now facing similar persecution.
And Paul tells them, “Guys, we are in this struggle together.”
In the Greek language, the word “struggle” refers to an athletic contest, in particular, a gladiator in competition. It describes the intense struggle or wrestling occurring both inwardly within our souls and outwardly from others. And, no doubt, the Christian life is a struggle. It is a fight. But the good news is that we are not alone.
So, your simple Truth for today: If God designed your life to include suffering for Christ, then He also equips you with the power to persevere. You have the Holy Spirit within you giving you the courage to win this contest.
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