Philippians 1:12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
The book of Philippians is one of Paul’s prison epistles, written while on house arrest in Rome. Incarcerated, but yet able to still teach and preach the Gospel!
How was Paul still able to preach and teach under such circumstances? His imprisonment was physical and not mental! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!
Paul is falsely accused. He doesn’t know when he will be released or what will happen to him. Paul knew that regardless of what his condition may be then or what is was prior to then, that God was with him, therefore he could be content in whatsoever state he found himself. He knew that his every situation was working for his good and for God’s glory!
Philippians 4:12-13- I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
13-For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
What profound words the Apostle Paul wrote to them that believe. Paul boldly states that he knows without a doubt that his suffering was not in vain. Because of it, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was able to be spread through all nations.
Paul is able to rejoice in his suffering by his belief n Romans 8;18- For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Paul knew that his suffering worked for his good and for God’s glory!
Paul saw good in a bad situation? Good in imprisonment? Good in false accusations? Good in threats on his life? Good in being shipwreck and stoned? Good in the snake bite? “YES”
Paul did not let pain and suffering hinder his view of God and God’s purpose for his life. He believed and purposed in his heart that as long as the Gospel was being spread throughout all nations, suffering was not an issue with him. WHY? Paul knew that God had a purpose in why He allowed him to suffer what he suffered. It was greater than what he could see in the natural.
Apostle Paul declares these words in 2 Timothy 4:8 – And now the prize awaits me–the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
If Paul dealt with his situation like many do today, these verses would have been a sad chorus of “woe is me,” aimed at anyone who would lend a sympathetic ear.
At the end of his life and his journey, Paul claimed, declared and decreed these words. 2 Timothy 4:7 -I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Apostle Paul says that through his suffering, the fulfillment of God’s mandate on his life, to take the Gospel to all nations was accomplished. It all worked for His good and for God’s glory!!!
Is this your attitude on this morning saints? Are you willing to suffer for the sake of the Gospel being spread? Do you believe that all you have been through and are still going through is for your good and for God’s glory? Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Saints, as painful as what you may be experiencing this morning, believe it or not, it is all working for you good and for God’s Glory!
NOW TELL THE LORD THANK YOU! FOR HE IS THE KING OF GLORY! LE HIM IN!
He wants to receive the glory out of your life on today and everyday!
I love you all with the love of Christ.
REMEMBER, “IT IS FOR YOUR GOOD AND FOR GOD’S GLORY!
God bless and happy Friday!