Write it down, memorize it, meditate on it, that’s 1:21… Philippians 1:21. Writing from prison, Paul writes the epistle of joy, he sums up his life statement by saying, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” Paul wanted to know Christ (Philippians 3:10). This was his passion. Fill in the blanks in your life… For me to live is _____, to die is _____. If Christ is in that first blank, then dying is gain. Knowing Him is everything! Being with Him, intimacy with Christ, knowing Him and making Him known and if you know Christ and experience Him daily, then dying will be gain. It was for Paul, how about YOUR mission?
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What are your chains? And how could Paul say in Philippians 1:13, “My chains are in Christ”?
I’ve been absolutely fascinated with this little phrase from Paul in Philippians 1, verse 13 where he says my chains, my bonds…are in Christ. Here he goes to Rome to preach the Gospel and ends up going as a prisoner chained, in house arrest, to a Roman guard.
Things may not have seemed to turn out like he had hoped, but he says this has happened to the furtherance of the Gospel. Whatever your chains are, whatever rough stuff you’re going through, remember, God has you in that mess to spread His message! Can you say with Paul, “My chains are in Christ?” If you’re in Christ, you can say that. Trust Him today and let Him break every chain in your life.
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The presence of God equals the absence of worry. You can’t have it both ways. So often we connect Philippians 4: 6-7, but we don’t connect Philippians 4: 5-6, which says “The Lord is at hand” and then in verse 6, “be anxious for nothing.” God’s presence, imminence, His existence in my life goes dead against all my worries and all my troubles.
The real question is, “How big is your God?” Because the Lord is at hand, we should worry about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make your requests be made known unto Him and His peace will guard your hearts. Remember how big your God is and your worries will become really small.
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