Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Read Philippians 1:12-19
Paul is in a bad place. He is under house arrest (Acts 28:30-31). He relies on the charity of other people for food, clothing, and company. He is unable to leave the house, and to make sure of that he is literally chained to a prison guard 24/7. On top of all this, there are other believers out there who continue to harass Paul even while he is imprisoned. He doesn’t know when or if this will ever end.
Life does not always go as planned. Sometimes it is downright awful. We feel as though we are in chains, trapped, with no end in sight. In these moments, my prayer for you is that you will adopt the same posture as Paul. Paul did not let his circumstance overcome him. His chains did not win. Instead of dwelling on his current reality, he dwelled in the love and power of God. He understood that God was greater than his circumstances, that lives were still being changed, and that the name of Jesus was being shared (even to his prison guards!). Though he was imprisoned as a criminal would be, the word of God was not imprisoned.
Lord, I want to see you. Help me to see past myself, and the chains that hold me down.
James 1:2-4 & 12, Romans 5:3-8, Hebrews 11