Your Trials May Be A Set Up To Witness to Others

(Philippians 1:12-14) “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.  As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.  Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the Word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”

 

Paul was imprisoned on several occasions.  In the Book of Acts it tells of Paul’s imprisonment and how he appealed to Caesar.  He was taken to Rome.  Paul was aloud to live by himself but under guard.  It did not matter whether in prison or free Paul preached the Word of God and by his obedience the people in his days were encouraged to preach the gospel and many more were saved.  The household of Caesar was saved as well, and we know this by the following verse, (Philippians 4:22) “All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.”  Paul delighted in the growing number of saints and his imprisonment did not stop him from witnessing; he did it all the more.  His obedience did not only act as a witness and testimony for the people of his time, but for everyone who reads the letters he wrote in the New Testament; he wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament and 5 were written from prison.  How many of us could be confined to a prison cell and do the work of the Lord?  If you truly love and trust the Lord as he did, you could.  (Philippians 4:11-13) “For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

Jesus was beaten beyond human recognition, suffered, hung on the cross and died to rise to glory and all for the salvation of mankind.  So, the next time you are going through a rough trial remember your brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone before you and suffered for gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are God’s children.  As Jesus suffered then rose to His glory, being children of God, we are joint heirs and will share in His glory as long as we persevere and don’t give up.  (Romans 8:15-17) “For you did not receive a spirit of fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”

Through Jesus Christ you can overcome and through your trials you will not only be blessed as you persevere, but others will be as well.

 (Matthew 5:16) “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” 

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