[QTVOTD] Encouraged to be bold…

“And in those days people will seek death and will not find it; and they will yearn to die, but death evades and flees from them.” Revelation 9:6 “Only be sure as citizens so to conduct yourselves [that] your manner of life [will be] worthy of the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, so that whether I [do] come and see you or am absent, I may hear this of you: that you are standing firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side and contending with a single mind for the faith of the glad tidings (the Gospel), and do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.” Philippians 1:27-28 ->me:  Yes, 3 verses today.  I was reading this morning about the locusts that came out of the smoke cloud created by the opening of the Abyss by the ‘Star Angel’.  In the references and commentary for verse 6 I was pointed to Philippians and Paul’s instruction to them.  The contrast of searching for death because of pain (people vexed by the locust stings) and Paul desiring to be free from his earthly body so that he could be with Jesus for eternity.  This passage in Philippians is a great reinforcement of yesterday’s quiet time on God’s authority over evil. Paul says that when we stand firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side with a common drive to spread the Gospel, we will be conducting ourselves in a manner worthy of said gospel.  As I head back to work today, I will have many opportunities to share about what happened in Mexico as well as the comfort and peace I received over the passing and memorial of my cousin in Arizona.  Phil 1:28 again says to not be afraid or intimidated or frightened – I can tell the Lord is really pressing me on being bold (the last several quiet times seem to be all about it.  Will you pray for me today? That I will be bold in my faith and presentation of the gospel as I recount the goodness from my trip?

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