How I Live

How does a person like Paul live?

Think of all that the Apostle Paul did. He wrote thirteen books of the New Testament, made three missionary journeys, suffered horrific persecution, and finally faced execution.

Paul wrote about his trials in this way: “Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea” (2 Corinthians 11:24-25).

In spite of all this, Paul also wrote that God works everything for good for those who love God. He said that the slight momentary affliction of this world is nothing compared to the glory that awaits us with the Heavenly Father.

How did Paul live through these perils and have such a Godly attitude?

This seemed to be the secret of his life: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

What made Paul such a great man?

He died to self and submitted his life to Christ. Paul allowed Christ to live through him. He lived by faith in the Son of God.

What can we learn from Paul?

First, we must let God have all of our lives. This is what it means to be crucified with Christ. We must submit our lives to God and let Him transform us.

Second, we must let Christ live in us. When that occurs we can be sure of our decisions and confident in where God is taking us.

Third, we must live by faith in the Son of God.

Do these things and you’ll look at life differently than ever before, and you’ll live a life pleasing to God.

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3 Responses

  1. Great message pastor. Great guidance, When life’s not going the way you planned then try a new way, God’s way. What do you think; why do hurting people not give God an opportunity? I know some do and that is great and to God’s glory but I see the majority forget about God and never even consider what He has to offer.

  2. Dr. Bailey for another great message to start the day , t thank you. A way to resolve a troublesome problem, has just come to mind, time saving.
    Have a great day, Bonnie

  3. Thank you for the spot on message this morning. I have much difficulty emptying myself and find that it is a daily struggle. Citing paul and his struggles puts it all in perspective. I’m so grateful for the Holy Spirit and pray that He will fill me. I love the way He works in my life. I had prayed about it this morning and then read your blog and it was precisely encouraging me in the way that I needed it.

    Thank you for allowing the Spirit to work in your life and touching others with His message.

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