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.

– Philippians 1:12-14 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Paul was at the end of his life and in prison for the gospel, yet Paul does not see this as a setback. Sometimes we may feel that we are hindered from being useful to God due to our circumstances, but the story of God tells us something different. God can and does use every situation to proclaim His glory. Are you suffering? Suffer to the glory of God. Do you feel trapped? Ask God how you can use your chains for His glory. Every situation is filled with God breathed opportunity.

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