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Overcoming Life's Ups and Downs

Read | Philippians 4:10-13

Have you ever heard a testimony from someone who has been through a horrible tragedy? We tend to pay very close attention to such accounts because the person involved has witnessed firsthand God’s faithfulness and power to restore a broken life.

Of all the witnesses to God’s grace in times of trouble, none is more compelling than the apostle Paul. He was certainly no stranger to hardship. Throughout his ministry, he was chased, beaten, stoned, arrested, shipwrecked, and accused of heresy by both the Jewish leaders and the Roman government. This was certainly a stark contrast to his early life, in which he enjoyed the luxuries and opportunities that his Roman citizenship and Jewish education provided.

There were amazing ups and downs in Paul’s life. As a result, he earned the right to make the proclamation found in Philippians 4:12: “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity.”

And what was the lesson the apostle came away with as a result of these experiences? He tells us in verse 12: “In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.”

Paul’s “secret” is really not a secret al all, for he reveals the source of his strength in the following verse: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Faith in Jesus Christ and an increasing reliance on Him will make this limitless power source a reality in your life.

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  • January 08, 2013 11:25 AM

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    Thank Jesus
  • January 08, 2013 11:10 AM

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    “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Faith in Jesus Christ and an increasing reliance on Him will make this limitless power source a reality in your life.
  • January 08, 2013 08:15 AM

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    We can certainly learn a lot from the apostle Paul.
  • January 08, 2013 07:41 AM

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    Philipians chapter 4 is my all time favorite; my "go to" chapter when I need strength and reassurance.
  • January 08, 2013 07:05 AM

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    Through my eyes,a man of steele,a heart of gold,an image to be so real.
    He took the pain with all the blame .His flesh torn and scared,his heart shattered and broken ,but on that day!Oh glorious day he was healed!My reedemer LIVES!HE is ALIVE and oh so well .What a free gift of life he gave if only you will believe.My Hero!

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