Staying Positive Under Pressure By Working Out Your Salvation by Rick Ferguson

Rick E. Ferguson

Philippians 2:12-13

Can a person really be happy, even when they are
hurting?,-Can a person really be positive, even when they
are experiencing pain?.: Can a person be upbeat, even
when they are down-hearted?

The book of Philippians provides proof that, in Christ,
a person can stay positive even under pressure and pain.

Paul was in prison at Rome when he wrote this book.
He was soon to stand trial before Nero and give a defense
of the Christian faith. The future looked very bleak for
Paul, from a human perspective. Not to mention that
he had already spent four years of his life in prison awaiting
this trial.

Even in these desperate circumstances, Paul was able
to stay happy, optomistic and victorious in his spirit.
The book-of Philippians is a positive, triumphant book.
We've been studying it, trying to discover the secret to
Paul's strength and the source of his victory.

These studies may be the most practical
Bible Studies in which you may ever be involved--,because
everyone of us will someday face adverse circumstances
in some shape or fashion. Your adversity may come in
relation to your finances, health, family or relationships.

But be sure of this--it will come. Be sure of this also--
how you respond to your adversity will determine whether
or not you remain happy, joyful and optomistic.

Copyright C) 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.

Listen--If you're not happy, don't blame it on your
circumstances or other people.

Ex. Don't blame it on your job, boss, wife, husband,
church or financial situation.

If you're not happy, it's because you've decided not
to be happy and have reacted and responded to adversity

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