Devotion for December 9
By byFaith Staff

Stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved — and that by God (Phil. 1:27-28 NIV).

In the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul shares his deep affection for the believers in Philippi. They must wonder what good is his love for them, or theirs for him, as he languishes in prison. 

Paul answers by assuring them that they further his witness as they stand firm against opposition without fear of those who oppose them. The absence of fear does not remove the dangers but testifies to faith in a greater God. In this way the far-distant Philippians join Paul in his witness of God’s care.

How comforting to know that the Spirit uses our unity as believers to transcend time, geography, and circumstances – releasing us from the physical limitations of life for spiritual testimony. 

In God’s plan, Paul ministers across nations and ages from an ancient prison cell, and we join in his ministry when we do not fear opposition to our witness.

Our fearlessness shows confidences in God’s eternal care to people across town and across generations. In this way the solidarity of believers in Christ makes Jesus known to the world!

Heavenly Father, help me to live beyond fear so that I may join with fellow believers in sharing Christ’s message by my evident confidence in your eternal care. 

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