Ambassador In Chains

1 Jan

Ambassador In Chains..

The apostle Paul found himself in prison for his faith and ministry. He wrote this:
“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Jesus; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident because of my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” Philippians 1:12-14

Here was Paul in a Roman prison, literally bound by chains and yet, he appears to boast of them. Not only do his chains not hinder the gospel, they have advanced them.

The point that Paul is making is that nothing can stop the purposes of God – not even chains – in fact, they will actually be used to bring all these things to their fruition. Bound by chains and prison walls,

Paul couldn’t preach to the tens or hundreds that he preached to in the marketplaces and squares and synagogues. Instead, he committed his word to parchment and would reach millions, even billions of souls – even us, to this day.

It was prison walls and chains that unleashed the gospel and unchained the Word of God to reach the world and every age.


That’s how Paul dealt with everything. His life was filled with obstacles, hindrances, problems, and adversities, he didn’t complain about them, he didn’t confess them away, and he never blamed them for preventing things. He always looked for and found a way to fulfill the calling he had been given.


If we look at our present circumstances it is easy to feel hindered, bound, prevented, limited, unable to do what we need to do, unable to advance God’s purposes, unable to fulfill our calling.

All the more we must take and apply Paul’s secret and strategy. No circumstance, problem, adversity, or hindrance can stop you from fulfilling the calling of God. They are nothing more than chains.

Don’t bemoan your chains, your situation, your obstacles – use them all for the glory of God. If a door closes, another will open. If the other door closes, He’ll open a window. Don’t ever stop.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

Find the way, glorify God, fulfill your calling – and use the chains to bring forth the unstoppable purposes of God. And may God greatly bless you as you do!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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