This Will Turn
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (Philippians 1:19-20)
The Apostle Paul, in bonds, in one of the worst prisons in the world, didn’t complain or voice frustration about his situation. He spoke words of faith. His attitude shows forth in the first few words of verse 19: “I know that this shall turn to my salvation.” Salvation, of course, is the Greek word soteria; it means health, provision, safety, security, or deliverance.
Why was Paul so sure that his situation would turn to his deliverance? He continued by explaining in the verse: “through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit.” The word supply means contribution. Paul was saying that every believer in Philippi had a supply from the Holy Spirit to contribute toward his deliverance. As believers prayed on his behalf, deliverance was bound to come to him.
Because of his assurance of what God would do on his behalf, Paul said he refused to be ashamed. Instead, he would live his life with all boldness. Paul was saying that in every opportunity, he would be bold in preaching the message of the gospel.
Believers should be marked with boldness. When we know our hope isn’t in the circumstance or the situation, we can rejoice fully in God, Who has given us our deliverance.
Practical Application – Is there someone you can ask to pray for you about something in your life that needs soteria? Ask them today to pray for you. Knowing someone is adding their supply of the Spirit should increase your boldness to speak God’s Word.
Psalm 25:2; Psalm 25:20