Staying Positive Under Pressure By Praying In The Realm Of The Spiritual by Rick Ferguson

Rick E. Ferguson

Philippians 1:8-11

We are studying the powerful, positive, practical book
of Philippians. The book of Philippians was written by
the apostle Paul. He was in prison at Rome, chained
to a Roman guard, awaiting trial before Nero. Nero
hated Christians; and, for all Paul knew, Nero would
sentence him to death. For you see, Paul was on trial
for being a Christian.

Paul had committed no crime. Paul had violated no
law Paul had done nothing to deserve his imprisonment,
other than preach the gospel, start churches, and
win people to Jesus.

Paul was several thousand miles from home and away
from all friends and family. The church at Philippi heard
of Paul's plight and sent an emissary to Paul with a
love offering. Epaphroditus (2:25) was the emissary.
Philippians was written back to the church at Philippi,
in response to their generous gift of money and ministry.

The thing that amazes me about this book is the positive,
optimistic, victorious tone in which it was written. In
spite of his dreadful circumstances, Paul was still living
the abundant, victorious life.

But should we be surprised? This is the same man
who, years before, had been brutally beaten and imprisoned
in the city of Philippi (Acts 16:25-29). You will remember
that after Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into
prison they did not whine, did not complain,
did not question God, did not whimper,
did not contemplate resigning as apostles.
Instead they sang hymns, praised God and
they prayed; and God shook the prison to pieces
through their praise.

Copyright 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
All rights reserved. No portion of this
document may be used in any form without
the written permission of the author. Bible
quotations are from the New International
Version unless otherwise indicated.

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