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1 FREE AT LAST Philippians 1:12-24

2 Philip. 1:12-24 (New Living Translation) And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. [13] For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. [14] And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ.

3 Philip. 1:12-24 (continued) [15] Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. [16] They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. [17] Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me.

4 Philip. 1:12-24 (continued) [19] For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance. [20] For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die.

5 Philip. 1:12-24 (continued) [21] For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. [22] Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don't know which is better. [23] I'm torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, [24] but it is better for you that I live.

6 POINTS TO PONDER A solid faith in Heaven greatly lessens the fear of death. Such faith doesn't free me to be careless but courageous. How I face tough times has an impact on lots of people, friends and foes. Lord Jesus, I admit that certain fears have me handcuffed, help me to trust you more, starting today! Lord Jesus, I admit that certain fears have me handcuffed, help me to trust you more, starting today!

7 TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK TO GOD

8 Early Christians in the face of death

9 WHEN WE ARE FACING SUFFERING AND DEATH, PEOPLE ARE PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO OUR TALK AND OUR WALK

10 WHEN FAITH CROWDS OUT FEAR I AM TRULY FREE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY WORLD Fear of rejection keeps my mouth shut and my message under wraps. When fear is vanquished I (and Paul, Peter, etc.) am free to face the lions. Frequent rehearsals of Romans 8: are needed to keep us fearless. No Fear! Fear of rejection keeps my mouth shut and my message under wraps. When fear is vanquished I (and Paul, Peter, etc.) am free to face the lions. Frequent rehearsals of Romans 8: are needed to keep us fearless. No Fear!

11 IS IT DEATH I FEAR OR THE TRANSITION, DYING? Jesus is our example for finding the courage to face dying. Hebrews 12: 1-3 Don't skip the suffering, it has immense power to persuade. God so loved. Jesus is our example for finding the courage to face dying. Hebrews 12: 1-3 Don't skip the suffering, it has immense power to persuade. God so loved.

12 REHEARSING MY TIME OF DEATH AND DEPARTURE Lord, may my manner of suffering for you send a message of hope and encouragement to others. May I, like Paul, seek the advancement of the Kingdom both in life and death. May my life be a witness to the power of faith and your loving arms of love. Lord, may my manner of suffering for you send a message of hope and encouragement to others. May I, like Paul, seek the advancement of the Kingdom both in life and death. May my life be a witness to the power of faith and your loving arms of love.

13 POINTS TO PONDER A solid faith in Heaven greatly lessens the fear of death. Such faith doesn't free me to be careless but courageous. How I face tough times has an impact on lots of people, friends and foes. Lord Jesus, I admit that certain fears have me handcuffed, help me to trust you more, starting today! Lord Jesus, I admit that certain fears have me handcuffed, help me to trust you more, starting today!

14 Confession: I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

15 GO AND TOUCH THE WORLD


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