Prayer- Lord, open our hearts and open our hearts and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Philippians 1:12-14 (The Message)
They Can't Imprison the Message
12-14I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else, too, found out that I'm in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they've learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah.
I used The Message paraphrase this morning. This is one of those times where it really brings the message(no pun intended,) home. Paul is telling his friends that God does great things. He has been placed in jail, but instead of squelching him, he has made followers out of many of his guards. Not only have they heard Jesus’s message, they are now followers and are telling others.
This is called making the best of a bad situation. Actually, this is making great things out of unknown situations. What can we learn here? Many times we are think we in places we don’t deserve. We landed there by accident and sulk. God does great things. Nothing is this world is pure chance, pure accident. If we, like Paul, accept our surroundings and work with God, we might find that the place we landed by accident is actually right where we need to be.
Prayer- Lord, help us realize that you are with us always and where ever we are, we can do great things for Your kingdom. Give us strength to overcome and the patients and wisdom to perceiver. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.