Victory in the Face of Adversity
Bible teacher Donald Grey Barnhouse (1895-1960) told the following story: A young son of a missionary couple in Zaire was playing in the yard. Suddenly the voice of the boy's father rang out from the porch, "Philip, obey me instantly! Drop to your stomach!"
Immediately the youngster did as his father commanded. "Now crawl toward me as fast as you can!" The boy obeyed. After he crawled a ways the father said, "Stand up and run to me!" Philip responded without question and ran to his father's arms.
As the youngster turned to look at the tree by which he had been playing, he saw a large deadly snake hanging from one of the branches! At the first command of his father, Philip could have hesitated and asked, "Why do you want me to do that?" Or he could have casually replied, "In a minute." Instead, he gave total obedience!
Paul the greatest Christian that ever lived gave total obedience to the commands of his Lord. Let examine the life of this great man
The Church at Philippi became upset when it heard about Paul's imprisonment at Rome. When we read the book of Philippians we see Paul being pressured and provoked and persecuted. Unlike Paul most of us can handle sudden, unexpected changes.
Yet Paul being imprisoned as a prisoner of the Lord and an "ambassador in Chains had his name dragged thru the mud, had victory in his heart." The way we react to disease and death and difficulties of life can reveal the depths of our experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul could withstand adversities arising in his life with victory in his soul for he looked upon them as being divinely sent or allowed to work good in his life!
When faced with the thorn in the flesh, Paul testifies: (II Cor.12:10) "Therefore I take pleasure (to think well) in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong." ...
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