Staying Positive Under Pressure Through Submission (2 of 2) by Rick Ferguson

Rick E. Ferguson

Philippians 2:19-24

Few people in the history of Christianity have suffered
more for their faith and their faithfulness to Christ than
the Apostle Paul. In Corinthians 11 Paul gives just
a brief history of the suffering he had encountered for
the cause of Christ.

11Corinthians 11:24-28 "Of the Jews five times received
I forty stripes, save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once
was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day
I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in
perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils
by the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness,
in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness
and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in
fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without,
that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."

The book of Philippians was written by Paul during
one of those periods of extreme persecution and suffering
in Paul's life. she was in prison at Rome, living in adverse
conditions.) He was very likely facing execution by the
Roman sword--all because he was faithful to the call
of Christ.

Copyright 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
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In spite of all this, Paul never grew discouraged
or dismayed. He was able to stay positive and triumphant
in adversity.

We can discover many of the keys to Paul's tremendously
triumphant spirit from the book of Philippians.
I believe three secretes to victorious living are found
in Chapter 2 of Philippians. These three keys to victory
are: (Sacrifice, submission and service.

In the first half of the chapter Paul revea ...

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