Daily Devotionals

He Has Magnified His Word, Psalm 138:2

Seeing Disadvantages As Advantages

Php 1:14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

As already noted, Paul thrived in adversities. He turned disadvantages into advantages, disappointments into appointments, liabilities into assets. Locked in prison one time with Silas, they prayed and sang songs at midnight, preached and a jailer was converted. Another time he is in a shipwreck only to strive to save all on board.

There are times we draw strength from others by how they respond to certain situations. I don’t fly much but when I do, rare turbulence make me panic. It is by turning to see how most react in such times that helps me. If they are peaceful, my thought, they are used to this and it shall be well therefore I should not panic.

The Philippians had confidence rests upon Paul’s bonds in the Lord. Paul’s example gave them courage to step out and be bold in serving the Lord. This is because they knew his suffering was compelled by the love of Christ, 2Co 5:14-15, and his suffered grief was supported by the grace of Christ, 2Co 12:9. Paul writes, “To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”, Col 1:29. It is all by His GRACE for His GLORY.

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