Scholars are certain that Paul the Apostle recorded Philippians and conclude he most likely was inspired to write it while in prison in Rome during the year 61 or 62 AD. He was a real person, who recorded real events, and who had a first hand encounter with Christ.
Ever since that Damascus Road experience with Christ, Paul was swept in and out of storms and all the while he was at the very center of God’s will. Like Moses and David, God sent Paul on a mission that Paul could not survive, much less complete, in his own power. Paul’s key was his faith and his faith allowed the power of God to flash through him like a lightning bolt on a dark stormy night.
God not only gives us a peace that passes understanding, he gives us a strength to endure. My wife has been asked how she is coping with her cancer and having a child with cancer at the same time. Her response from the get-go, “God is carrying me through this because I can’t handle it myself.”
Hope and joy can be found in all circumstances if the hope and joy are based on something that transcends circumstances. Christ transcends all circumstances and has overcome death itself. Born once, Die twice. Born twice, Die once.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
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