Nancy Fitzpatrick Gilmore
Many are the afflictions of the Righteous and The Lord delivers us out of them all! What Glory, and Such Grace, and by Faith... by Faith... by Faith, we live!
It's amazing how little we know of this “revolutionizing faith,” isn't it? The meaning of faith, without a doubt… is something we are all being trained in as we walk with The Spirit Of The Lord in everything! It matters not how well seasoned we are in matter of faith in our past adventures. It's always a new adventure with faith knowing Christ is our life! I am beginning to see how necessary it is for faith to "turn us" to it's own adventure.... causing us to look forward to all Christ has prepared us for, concerning others… and taking us places, we would never go willingly if it weren't for Christ.
Paul knew this revolutionizing adventure of faith by being only The Lord's prisoner! He never saw himself in any prison... he was just The Lord's prisoner! And The Lord was his fullness and joy.... this “Living One” in whom he delighted to know as his life! Paul was always on this adventure of faith, toward God… in all of his sufferings, and he knew them only as God's way to benefit others!
Faith turned him into a different person, a new man in Christ... and those things he once knew to be gain for himself he now knew was loss for Christ!
In this revolutionizing faith, he found in his “infirmity” he was strong! In his weakness, he found strength and by this faith, he turned the lives of others to Christ. He demonstrated for us the power of God by always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, so that the life also of Jesus might be manifest in our body. He found the secret in faith to utilize everything to Christ's advantage! He found we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, so that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh, thus we knowing death works in us but life in others. Then Paul follows through by saying, “All things are for your benefit and as God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” We are learning, aren't we... to worship in spirit and in truth as faith turns us to its own adventure with Christ…who is our life!
Seeing God Only With You!