TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, July 10, 2019:
Inclined; disposed or consenting; cheerfully consenting or ready.
Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Let us look today at a message from the first chapter of Philippians and Paul’s time in prison. While Paul was sitting in prison waiting for the trial that would determine whether he lived or died something happened to him that gave him hope and an increased willingness to serve the Lord.
Paul felt he had unfinished work. Paul was convinced that he would be found innocent of the false charges and would be released from prison.
In Paul’s situation we would expect that he felt it was all over. As Paul sat in prison no doubt the need for getting out the message of faith in the Lord Jesus and growing the faith of the believers in the churches he established was always on his mind. Paul was under conviction that was what God wanted him to do.
It is important to note that it was not for his sake he would be freed but that he could continue to minister. It is evident in reading Paul’s letter to the Philippians that he longed to reach people for Christ and to meet the needs of a sinful world that reels under the weight of desperation.
He was willing to do what God wanted him to do at whatever the cost. Paul was constantly listening to the Holy Spirit leading in his life. We must also listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to us and be willing to do whatever he asks of us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Ephesians 2:8-9.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Keep me mindful that no matter where You have me go or what You have for me to do You will be with me. Give me the same burden You gave Paul to reach the world I live in for You and help me to always be willing to do it.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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