Be encouraged: Part One
March 15, 2021
Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
In the body of Christ we need to be encouraged to keep our head up high, and to continue to engage in the good fight of faith. Paul wrote these words while incarcerated in a Roman prison. The joy of our Christian experience can be found threaded throughout the whole book of Philippians.
The word “joy” and "rejoice” are mentioned sixteen times, and give us a picture of Paul’s gratitude and love for the Philippians church who were the strongest supporters of his ministry.
Seeing a man who was used to traveling around the world go to now being locked up in prison seems to be hard thing for us to understand what Paul must have been going through. So I asked a few questions and this is what I found.
“For a man like Paul, who had traveled far and wide to share the gospel, the limitations of Paul’s mobility would also seem to limit his productivity. But it was actually the opposite. The book of Acts says:
"And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.
"Notice that last word? “Unhindered” is the final word of the book of Acts, and it reflects not only Paul’s passion but the Holy Spirit’s power to enable His servant Paul to have productivity that knew no bounds."
Thank You, Father, for helping us through the presence of the Holy Spirit that is with us to finish our race unhindered. In Jesus's name, Amen.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.