December 06, 2019: SOAP #3655:  Philippians 1-4 Scripture:  Philippines (NIV) 1:23 I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of […]

December 06, 2019: SOAP #3655:  Philippians 1-4

Scripture:  Philippines (NIV) 1:23 I desire to depart andbe with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for youthat I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, andI will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 sothat through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow onaccount of me.

Observation:   Knowingfor certain that it was better for their sake to remain, Paul knew that hewould remain.   He would continue workingwith them for their progress and joy in the faith.   I like the way Paul speaks of the joy offaith.  It seems that too many Christianshave forgotten that faith is a joyful thing! 

True faith is a joyful thing.  How couldit be otherwise?  Confident that God iswith me; confident that He is for me; confident that He is able to overcomeevery obstacle I face"surely that is a joyful faith! 

Application:  Some Christians are always thinking about howhard it is to live for Jesus.  They talklike the devil is always troubling them and they are wondering what he might donext.  That does not leave a verydesirable witness for the world.  Butwhen the 'joy in the faith' shines out of a believer's life, it makes theirfaith desirable. 

Prayer:   HolySpirit, when I get in a tough spot, remind me that I have a joyful faith.  Help me to shine forth a joyful faith tothose around me.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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