Philippians 1:18-19 Yes, I will continue to rejoice, for I know through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
Many people possess the wrong kind of thinking; they base their happiness on “When & Then” thinking - “When something happens, then I will be happy.” But the truth is if you live by “When & Then” thinking, negative things become a barrier to happiness.
These barriers include pain; people; pressure or problems. The Apostle Paul experienced all these barriers, yet in his letters to the Philippian church, he is full of joy.
One of the reasons for Paul’s abundant joy is his simple trust in God.
Paul says: Yes, I will continue to rejoice, for I know through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
We only have two options – either panic or pray; go to fear or faith; worry or worship. And this is why you always need to choose to put your trust in God, because:
- The absence of trust only fills you with fear
- The presence of trust fills you with faith
Paul gives you four reasons in verse 19 why you can trust God:
1. “I know” – Paul knows. He possesses a confidence in God because he sees things from God’s perspective. When you have this knowing on the inside of you, it will always cause you to trust God, rather than trust in yourself, or the things of this world.
2. “People praying for me” – Simply knowing that other people are praying for you is a source of trust. You are not alone; you are not all by yourself, you have others who are praying and interceding for you! At C3 Church Hong Kong, there are pastoral and prayer teams who are always praying and ready to pray for you!
3. "Holy Spirit’s help” – The Holy Spirit is your helper and strengthener. He is just like Jesus, except He is living within you, He is there with you right now. You have no need to fear. As soon as you begin to pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit takes hold of the same thing, together with you and intercedes with you. How powerful is that!
4. "Turn out for my deliverance” – Paul expected deliverance. That’s faith. Every day, expect the Lord to bring deliverance and victory for you.
These four sources of trust are also four sources of strength. Whenever you are going through something that is troubling you, whether a problem, pressure or even something painful in your life, turn to God through His Scripture.
Pray Philippians 1:19. Pray it out loud. Let your ears hear those words coming out of your mouth – it will build faith into your spirit replacing fear, it will deposit peace, diluting worry and bring joy which replaces sadness and depression.