SCRIPTURE FROM: Philippians 4:12-13 (VOICE)
TEXT: 12 I know how to survive in tight situations, and I know how to enjoy having plenty. In fact, I have learned how to face any circumstances: fed or hungry, with or without. 13 I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength.
OBSERVATION: For those who have studied much about the life of Paul, you will remember that although his life was miraculously transformed from the life of a persecutor of Christians, to one totally dedicated to spreading the Word of God, and in bold, but humble service for the King. In these particular verses Paul celebrated, and gave witness to the source of his power and strength to witness in the name of the Almighty. I believe this might be incentive for us to stand firm in our witness for our King today…
APPLICATION: In the life of Saul, he was very bold in persecuting the Christians. Then, I believe God wanted to show us that He could infuse His power and transform lives, from the very worse into the very best. For God met with Saul one day and caused a total change in his life, to the extent that he went from persecuting Christians, to ministering to unbelievers and convicting them of their sin. To support this transformation, the old was not only washed away in character and self destruction, but the name of Saul was also changed to Paul, who wrote most of the new testament books! Who else but God could make such a change in a man’s life? It’s amazing what our God can do!! There were many other miracles that God used in the life of Paul to show the world that God had indeed taken control of this man’s life and that he was indeed a soldier of the cross; a miracle worker; a man who faced all odds, yet freed from prison; overcoming very dangerous odds on the waters as boats shipwrecked and life was threatened. We may read this and thank God that we never faced anything quite so severe or dramatic, but you are convinced that it was God who brought you through many of life’s circumstances. Others may doubt, because they are not ‘plugged’ in to the source of all life, all hope, all love, and a future prepared just for ‘born again’ children around the feet of the Father in heaven. Friends, Paul acknowledged that he is content because the One that He serves, is all powerful and longs to hear from His children so that He could meet their every need. That’s my King, friends! Do you know Him? Are you comfortable in and resting assured that God will take your hand and guide you also, because of whose you are? If not, please have a look at my Footnote for ways to receive help, including contacting me directly. May God bless you richly as you reach out to Him today!
PRAYER: Thank You Heavenly Father for preparing a place for us, and the way to heaven – through the sacrifice of Your Son. Reminding us of the transformation You made in the life of Saul, brings hope to us Lord Jesus for we know that it is only because of Your grace that we are saved, and only through Your precious love for us that we have an eternal home prepared just for us with You and our mighty King! We await Your return for us and we long to be in Your presence dear Lord! AMEN!
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