October 25, 2014
Philippians 1:6-18 The Joy Of Prayer: Part 1
[Phl 1:6 NKJV]
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete [it] until the day of Jesus Christ;
[Phl 1:7 NKJV]
just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
[Phl 1:8 NKJV]
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
[Phl 1:9 NKJV]
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
[Phl 1:10 NKJV]
that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
[Phl 1:11 NKJV]
being filled with the fruits of righteousness which [are] by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
[Phl 1:12 NKJV]
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things [which happened] to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
[Phl 1:13 NKJV]
so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
[Phl 1:14 NKJV]
and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
[Phl 1:15 NKJV]
Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill:
[Phl 1:16 NKJV]
The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
[Phl 1:17 NKJV]
but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
[Phl 1:18 NKJV]
What then? Only [that] in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.