ALL things work TOGETHER for good to those who Love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For everything there is a reason, and a time for every purpose under Heaven.
ALL things! No exceptions, no excuses, no extraneous ‘explanations’.
Fruit of The Spirit? Patience.
I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to everyone else that my imprisonment is for Christ; and most of the brothers and sisters, having been made confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, dare to speak the word with greater boldness and without fear. (Phil. 1:12–14)
Paul was rotting away in a Roman prison—chained twenty-four hours a day to an imperial guard—when, apparently, a man named Epaphroditus arrived with a letter from the Christians in Philippi. The letter was lost long ago but textual clues in the book of Philippians suggest that these Christians inquired about Paul’s well-being while under arrest. An affectionate relationship existed between Paul and the Philippian church—a church birthed in another jailhouse episode (Acts 16). Locked up for preaching the gospel in Philippi years earlier, Paul and his companions kept everyone awake belting out hymns around midnight. An earthquake shook the land, walls came a-tumbling down, and the evangelists were freed from their cells. The incredulous jailer, along with his whole family, went down to the river shortly after and was baptized—the beginning of the First Church of Philippi.
I wonder, then, if something in the letter to Paul said: “Don’t worry, brother Paul, we know from experience that prison walls and chains can’t keep you down. We’re praying for a miracle: that your chains break open and you’re set free!”
What was Paul’s reaction to his predicament? Like you or I would be, he was likely down in the dumps. Paul was an adventurer church-planter, moving from country to country to preach the gospel and defend the new faith. Now he was chained 24/7, his free spirit bound and locked down. Perhaps he prayed furiously, “Lord, unchain me from this guard; set me free to do your work.”
“Paul,” God must have said to him. “Look! You’ve got it all wrong. You’re not chained to that guard. He’s chained to you! And I gave you the gift of preaching. Preach, Paul! Preach!” Paul literally had a captured audience in the persons of these imperial guards who arrived every eight hours for their shift. Some of them became believers and in turn spread the gospel throughout the imperial guard—a special force of men from Rome’s elite families. God used Paul’s “imprisonment” to influence Rome’s high society with the gospel!
Paul’s perseverance in prison, shrewd evangelistic tactic, and courage to preach to the very guards who held him down, encouraged other Christians to be bold as well.
What are you doing with your ‘situation’/disability (this ability). You were not in this situation prior, but now are! So?
So…I went grocery shopping and saw 8n the distance a ‘glimpse’ of His hand..
I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
So, your situation: Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s Mighty Hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid, His rod and staff comfort me, Amen.
say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance; with divine retribution He will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4
But now, this is what The LORD says— He Who Created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine. Isaiah 43:1
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
I sought The LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all Creation, will be able to separate us from The Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 118:6
You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and shield. Psalm 115:11