Study 4 – Philippians 1: 12-26 – Attitudes Affecting Circumstances

July 3, 2011

in Philippians Study

Read Philippians 1:1-11

PRISON

If you have ever heard the door of a prison lock behind you, let me say that there is no feeling quite so discomforting.

Your freedom is gone, your ability to control your own movements, even within the prison itself is lost. And if your jailer is sympathetic to you that certainly is a plus (most are not), but sympathy doesn’t go very far.

Here in the letter Paul writes, he writes from prison. And, how ever good or bad the imprisonment was, it was still the Roman authority who had the power of life and death over this intrepid apostle.

Although he recognizes the situation he is in, as Paul writes, he displays a most sure conviction in the will and work of his Lord. For us there is a lesson to be had from Paul’s experience. He would say it this way. “For me to live is Christ…”

FREEDOM

No matter the trial, no matter the circumstance, no matter the outcome, can we say along with Paul, “For me to live is Christ”?

Listen to the rest of today’s message below …

Philippians 1 : 12-26