Staying Positive under Pressure by Living as Light
Rick E. Ferguson
We are studying the book of Philippians in order to find Paul's secret to spiritual strength and power. He was facing dreadful circumstances as a chained prisoner of Nero; and yet, in spite of all his pain, hurt, heartbreak and inconveniences, Paul said things like--
Philippians 3:8 "... I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord...
Philippians 4:"11 ... I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Philippians 4:13 "1 can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
When I understand what Paul was facing as he wrote those words, I ask--How did he do it? What was the source of his strength?
Ex. I feel like Delilah did when she was constantly probing at ole Samson, trying to find the source of his strength. That is what we're doing in Philippians. In every verse I find a new secret to Paul's great spiritual fortitude.
Tonight we'll see we can be strong and stay positive under pressure as we learn to "live as light" in a darkened world.
It is hard to live among contamination and not get contaminated.
It is hard to live in dirt and not get dirty.
It is difficult to live a godly life in an ungodly world.
It is not easy to live a holy life in an unholy world.
And yet this is the order that is before us in the Word of Cod tonight--to live as light in a crooked and perverse nation.
We are told to live as light in a world that is at its very essence, anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-church, anti-morality, anti-Christian. We are told to live in the midst of that spirit without catching that spirit.
This is exactly where the Christian is. He is to live in the midst of philosophies, values and behaviors that oppose everything he holds to be near or dear.
This is why the Word of God calls us Pilgrims or strangers in the world. We are on foreign t ...
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