QTVOTD: Either way…

“for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:19-21 -> me:  This attitude of Paul’s is something that I need to take note of and apply to my own life.  Paul is in a prison and shackled.  He just got done talking about how his imprisonment has been an advancement of the Gospel in spite of obstructions and dangers.  Now here, he leans on 1) the prayers of the saints and 2) the help given by the Spirit of Jesus to secure his deliverance…but that deliverance may be in life or death.  Paul knows that he should not be ashamed of how God uses him.  Christ will be exalted in his body either way.  If God continues Paul’s life through legal vindication, then Paul gets the opportunity to represent Jesus Christ further on this earth.  If God takes him in his captivity then he gains the promise of paradise in heaven.  What a way to live!  Paul walks so close in fellowship with the Almighty that his entire self is surrendered to the God Who saved him.  Paul’s priorities are in line with God’s will and purposes, and he knows that in whatever way God delivers him, God will be glorified.

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