RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
SPEAK JESUS CHRIST WHEREVER YOU ARE
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
1:12-14 Being imprisoned would cause many people to become bitter or to give up, but Paul saw it as one more opportunity to spread the good news of Christ. Paul realized that his current circumstances weren’t as important as what he did with them. Turning a bad situation into a good one, he reached out to the Roman soldiers who made up the palace guard and encouraged those Christians who were afraid of persecution. We may not be in prison, but we still have plenty of opportunities to be discouraged—times of indecision, financial burdens, family conflict, church conflict, or the loss of our jobs. How we act in such situations will reflect what we believe. Like Paul, look for ways to demonstrate your faith even in bad situations. Whether or not the situation improves, your faith will grow stronger. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV.
This one hits home with those of us in prison or been in prison, sometimes it seems like we can’t bring the word of God to others. But it might not be just to bring it to others; maybe it is to train us in our own lives. God puts us where we need to be when we need to be and it is always for His glory.
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and know God put you there so you can speak for Him wherever you are.
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