Timeless truths from Philippians 1:19-20.
“Deliverance” is also translated “salvation.” However the word is challenging to translate. It means salvation but not in the traditional sense. Paul wasn’t saying that his imprisonment would enable him to be saved! He was already saved. He didn’t mean being delivered from imprisonment. He meant that his circumstances were the schoolroom in which the prayers of God’s people and the provision of God’s Spirit would take him to a much deeper walk. He would be delivered from his current state into a deeper state in his growth.
How does this happen? How can our circumstances be used to take us deeper with the Lord? How can we walk closer and become more mature? There are four ingredients that converge to produce a deeper maturity. First, the godly perspective of the person. Paul realized that his imprisonment would be used to advance his growth and God’s Kingdom. Second, the trial. Paul was in a really bad set of circumstances. Third, godly people prayed for Paul. Fourth, the Holy Spirit was at work.
Whatever your circumstance, if you have a godly perspective and people praying for you and the Holy Spirit working in you, then you will grow. Remember, the goal of every believer is to press on to the mark of the high calling. God uses trials to deliver us from the place of stagnation in our spiritual progress.
“for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:19-20 NASB