by Jim Perdue

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Turning Obstacles into Opportunities (4 of 16)
Series: Philippians
Jim Perdue
Philippians 1:12-20

*There's one thing that unites us all. Young or old, black or white, rich or poor, there is one thing that we all have in common. We all will encounter obstacles in life. We will all face hard times and difficult situations. The question is not if hard times will come, we are certain that they will. The question is how do we deal with the hard times when they do come? What do we do when we see an obstacle in our pathway?*

God can take the obstacles in our life and transform them into opportunities for greatness. He can take an apparent stumbling block and turn it into a stepping stone; so what was intended to cause trouble leads to triumph. This is true of the Apostle Paul. READ TEXT

Here in this passage, we see that Paul has encountered a difficult problem in his life. He has been in prison (house arrest) for nearly two years. Yet, he is certain that his circumstances have ''turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.'' He has learned to let God turn his obstacles into opportunities.

God wants to do the same thing in your life as well. Along the pathway of life, we all encounter bumps and roadblocks. But God can smooth the bumps and remove the roadblocks if we'll only allow Him to.

When can God take our obstacles and turn them into opportunities? There are several attitudes that must be in place in our life if we want God to open up a door of opportunity when you face an insurmountable obstacle.

When we see God's plan instead of the problem: 12-14


More than anything else, Paul's desire as a missionary was to preach the gospel in Rome. Rome was a key city in Paul's day. He wanted to go to Rome and reach millions for the cause of Christ. Paul wanted to go to Rome as a preacher, but instead he went as a prisoner!

Paul writes this letter from a Roman prison. In jail on trumped-up charges and held illegally. But even through ...

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