Freed: Living with Death

Series: Freed: from Prison to Peace

Freed: Living with Death

May 03, 2020 | Mark Simmons
  1. To rejoice is a choice

Philippians 1:18b (NLT)

And I will continue to rejoice. 


From prison, Paul uses the words “joy” and “rejoice” 16 times in this short letter!


To rejoice is not a feeling based on circumstances, but an act of the will based in trust!


To rejoice is a choice

  1. Deliverance is guaranteed

Philippians 1:19b

What has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.




In Greek, this phrase is exactly the same as the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament in Job 13:16. 


Our suffering is temporary.

There is a promised deliverance.


To rejoice is a choice

Deliverance is guaranteed

  1. To live is Christ

For to me, to live is Christ (NIV)

Christ means everything to me in this life (GW)

For living to me means simply “Christ” (Phillips)

To me the only important thing about living is Christ (NCV)

My true life is the Anointed One (TPT)

All I live for is Christ (WE)

For to me, living means living for Christ (NLT)


You can rejoice no matter what when your life goal is not comfort.

If your life goal is pleasing, serving, representing and glorifying Jesus, your circumstances are irrelevant.


To rejoice is a choice

Deliverance is guaranteed

To live is Christ

  1. To Die is Gain


Until you are ready to die, you aren’t ready to live. © - Mark Simmons


If the fear of death controls you, the joy of life will elude you © -Mark Simmons


You write a statement about life and death that helps you:

Ecclesiastes 7:2 (NIV)

Hebrews 2:14-15 (NLT)


Philippians 1:21

To   zen                   Cristos     (to live Christ)

To   apothanein      kerdos      (to die gain/profit)


To die is gain. (ESV)

Dying would be profit for me. (NCV)
And even death would be for my benefit. (ERV)

If I die I should merely gain more of him. (Phillips)
To die means that I would have more of Him. (NLV)

To die would give me more blessing. (WE)

Dying is even better. (NLT)


This does not mean that we SEEK death; it means that we live fearlessly.


To Live is Christ:

To place FAITH in him (Am I trusting him for deliverance?)

To FELLOWSHIP with him (Is my relationship with him deepening?)

To FOLLOW him (Am I obeying him more fully?)

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