Putting God's Word into Practice…

Philippians 1:12-18 Purposeful Adversity

on December 18, 2012

When Paul was writing to the Philippian believers, he was in prison in Rome.  Have you ever been in prison or felt imprisoned?  Did you use that time purposefully?  Paul was single-minded in his imprisonment.  His goal was to proclaim Christ and spread the good news of salvation.  God allowed Paul to be effective even in prison.  We see in the end of the book that many in the household of Caesar became followers of Christ!  

Adverse circumstances can be used to advance the gospel.  Whether you find yourself at home with an illness, in a difficult work environment, at home with little children, in a retirement home, caring for elderly parents/spouse, or in prison; those can all be opportunities to point people to Jesus, to love people like Him and to pray for people.

During Paul’s imprisonment, more free men started to proclaim Christ with boldness–some with pure motives, some not.  It did not matter to Paul, the only thing he cared about was that the gospel was going forth!

It is so easy in our country to knit-pick pastors…to judge their hearts, to make assumptions!  I have been sucked into this very thing recently, and convicted. If Christ is proclaimed, then we ought to rejoice!

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