Philippians 1:19 (NIV): Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 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.”
Do you ever find yourself looking around at your circumstances and just can't see how God can make anything good come from it?
I know I have. In fact, I'm dealing with that right now. And I find myself fighting the temptation to throw up my hands and give up.
But then I read what Paul writes in Philippians 1:19 and realize that if Paul can rejoice in his circumstances, then so can I.
Join us today, as we dive deeper and see 2 things Paul gives for rejoicing.
My prayer is that after today, you and I begin to see life from God's viewpoint.
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PREVIOUS EPISODES IN THE SIMPLE TRUTH THROUGH PHILIPPIANS
Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, I want to talk with you about God’s powerful ability to work everything out for your good.
In Philippians chapter one, Paul has been demonstrating the power of choosing to rejoice. You see, Paul had every reason to wallow in his tears. He’s in prison AND he has hostile preachers out trying to tear down everything he’s built. And yet, Paul says he’s overjoyed because the mission of the gospel is still being accomplished.
Picking up here at the end of Philippians Chapter one verse 18 through 19, Paul writes,“And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 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.”
Paul says, “I’m overjoyed because of two incredible things.”
First. He says, “I know you’re praying for me.” We see throughout Paul’s letters how much he treasured the prayers of his friends. And Paul had this confidence to say that it’s because of the prayers of the Philippians that he would be delivered from his circumstances.
And secondly, Paul says he’s overjoyed because of God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, meaning the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for provision means “lavish supply.” Such a cool word. Lavish supply. Lol. Anyway, Paul had confidence that the Holy Spirit would lavishly supply him with all that he needed.
So, Paul had faith in these two things - prayer and the Holy Spirit – and that together they had the power to lead to his “deliverance.” What does he mean here by “deliverance?” This word can be translated as salvation, escape, or wellbeing. So, Paul was either referring to his ultimate salvation in heaven or his eventual release from prison. Either way, Paul had absolute confidence that God’s got Paul’s back. Which he even says in Romans 8:28 that he knows that God causes “all things to work together for good to them that love God.”
So, your simple truth for today: Paul had complete confidence that no matter what happened in his life, God was going to make it work out for his good. Friend, I pray the same confidence into your life that Paul had, that no matter what happens, you can say, “God, I know that you have the power to work everything out for my good.” Amen.
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I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.