For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake.
— Philippians 1:29 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...
When we read the book of Acts, we find the disciples overjoyed at suffering "for the sake of the name." Since Jesus has already victoriously passed through that kind of ordeal, we should consider it a privilege to share in his sufferings, not just a hardship. The truth of our commitment is often best shown to the skeptical when we are "under fire." So let's keep our character when under attack and rejoice because we've seen in Jesus what happens when God's children are faithful even at the cost of their lives.
Enjoy this taste of the Video Bible of Philippians 1 and get a feel for Paul's circumstances and the context of our verse and Paul's passion:
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What a precious name you have given to your son, O Lord. May it be exalted in all the earth and throughout all the heavens, until every heart knows that he is truly Lord. In Jesus name, and for his glory, I pray. Amen.
Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Sunday, March 26, 2006