Looking Beyond Situations (5 of 15) by Jerry Branch

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Looking Beyond Situations (5 of 15)
Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
Gerald Branch
Phil. 1:12-20

Even bad life situations can be used for God's glory..(v. 12)
Preach and teach out of love, not for any other reason (v. 15-17)
Rejoice, Rejoice…the joy of proclaiming Jesus (showing Him) (18)
Lord, don't let me be shameful to you…rather, with boldness, may I exalt You (19-20)

Text: Phil. 1:12-20
© 2010, Gerald D. Branch
Today, as we go into verses 12-20, let's see what God has to say about handling these real-life situations:
1) How do we deal with those faith-trying times in our lives?
2) What should be our motivations?
3) What's the real deal of Showing and telling about Jesus?
4) Do our lives really Show Jesus boldly, or are we 'wimps' to family, friends, co-workers?
Philippians 1:12-20 (NIV)
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. 15
As I read these first verses, I'm reminded of Romans 8:28 which says, "Romans 8:28 (NIV) 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
With that in mind, look then at verse 12…
In Paul's situation, he was confined…he had lost his freedom…
and was not able to do the things he really wanted to do,
PLUS, he knew also that he could lose his life.
But look at Paul's statement here…
he says that everything that has happened has really served to
advance the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Here's why I say that…Paul is looking beyond his circumstances…
instead, he still has his focus on Jesus and on God's Kingdom work.
Or another way of saying this, his thinkin ...

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