“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advancement of the Good News. And so, my imprisonment in the cause of Messiah has become well known throughout the Praetorian Guard and to everyone else. Because of my imprisonment, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord to dare more than ever to speak the message fearlessly.”
What incredible verses, reminding us that not even trials and tribulations can stop the work of the Lord! Often enough, when the Church faces opposition or difficult circumstances, causing our everyday lives as the Body of Messiah to come to a halt, we tend to believe that the work of the Lord is being hindered in that moment. This creates feelings of discouragement and defeat, and in some cases even anger. All these can cause us to focus our attention in the wrong place. This is the very circumstance that the Apostle Paul finds himself in when he writing to the church in Philippi.
Paul has been imprisoned by the Roman government for preaching and teaching the Good News of Messiah and the work of his ministry seems to have come to a halt. However, we see in verse twelve of chapter one that this opposition and very difficult situation has “actually resulted in the advancement of the Good News” and Paul even states that “Because of my imprisonment, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord to dare more than ever to speak the message fearlessly.”
What Paul and the Kedoshim in Philippi are experiencing is the incredible grace and faithfulness of God to use His people to be His witnesses in every circumstance of life. There is no circumstance that can stop the advancement of the Good News of Messiah because God is faithful to make Himself known through those who love Him!
Today we find ourselves in a global pandemic, a pandemic that has caused churches and ministries all over the world to close their doors and stop their usual ministry activities. But we must not be discouraged, not even for a minute, and think that the Good News is being hindered from advancing and changing people’s lives! Let us read this example in the Word of God and be confident that the trials we are facing today will result in the advancement of the Good News. And let us become more confident in the Lord “to dare more than ever to speak the message fearlessly.”
The Word of God is alive and active, speaking truth into our lives, helping us establish a firm foundation to stand on while we go through life on this side of eternity. Please take some time to quietly meditate on the passages above and ask yourself these three questions.
1: What truth is being spoken in these passages?
2: What does this mean for me?
3: How should I respond?