My Situations… (Day 40 Philippians 1:12 NET)

 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel…
Philippians 1:12 NET

Isn’t this always the case?  No matter what our circumstances or situations maybe everything in our lives is an opportunity to advance the gospel.  Have you been fired, laid off, or just pushed out of a a job you loved.  No worries you now have an opportunity to advance the gospel in a new place of employment.  Has the sting of death come knocking on your door?  Have no fear you serve the God of all comfort, and that comfort and peace you possess from your heavenly father will spread to others and advance the gospel even while you grieve.  Have the doctors given you the news we all fear and have you been forced to stare your own death in the eye as it looms right around the corner?  Don’t waste a single day tell others about the hope you have in Christ even now your situation can serve to advance the gospel.  Is it divorce that has invaded your life and threatened to destroy you?  Take heart God is bigger than a divorce and even now through forgiveness, mercy, and your pursuit of Godly peace in the midst of a battle you can advance the gospel.  How marvelous is our God?  How wonderful are His ways?  How amazing are His plans and purposes that “all things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28 NET) and to advance the gospel.  You are God’s instrument of choice in the most important mission the world has ever known.  God’ believes in you, trusts you, and can use you despite your circumstances, or situation in life. May the whole of our universe know that ever situation we encounter in life both good and bad are nothing more or less than another opportunity to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ. Spread the word, tell the nations Jesus is coming soon!


About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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2 Responses to My Situations… (Day 40 Philippians 1:12 NET)

  1. RoyceHart says:

    Hi Pastor – thanks for posting this. It’s so easy to think that the quality of our life is related to His love for us or how well we’re living in obedience, but that’s not the right measure.

    Every single one of those situations you described has affected either me or my family directly over the past few years. His goodness does not fail, His love does not fail. He’s faithful, and He’s working it out!

    Solomon talked about troubles and the seeming unfairness of it all in Ecclesiastes 7:14-15 NIV: “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.”

    I figure that means that Solomon has seen plenty of things that he couldn’t sort out from a worldly perspective. He doesn’t make accusations, but he ponders why it doesn’t add up. But in the end, focused on eternity, Solomon declares, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV)

  2. evaasbury says:

    In any situation he can comfort you, I always remember him this way. He is bigger than any mountain and he can cast all those problems into the sea. No matter how big or small anything is I look up and know he is always there to comfort, protect, hug, or maybe just hold my hand. He is the rock, the solid foundation. The one whom pulled me out of all that I had been. I thank him so much for forgiving me.

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