Proclaim the Gospel

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Do you struggle with sin or faults in your character? What would change, what would the impact be if you decided to be like Paul and use those chains as a platform to tell people about Christ?

Philippians 1:12-14 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.  As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.  And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Sometimes I think of the chains that I have in my life that keep me from being the man I should be; keep me from being the example of Christ I should be. The pride, the ego, the faults in my character holds me back like the chains of a prisoner.

The difference between the chains I have and the chains Paul had were that his chains actually served to advance the gospel. Instead of letting his circumstance dictate his effectiveness as a Christ follower, Paul used those chains to gain an audience of people that he never would have reached if he were a “free” man.

Maybe you have something in your life today that by all rights should hold you back in your Christian walk. What would change, what would the impact be if you decided to be like Paul and use those chains as a platform to tell people about Christ?

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