Sept. 24, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:12 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:12 Mean?

Philippians 1:12 (NIV): Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.


It's easy to get discouraged when the world comes against you. Dreams that you've had for years can appear to get swept away from one unlucky break. 

But just because you're moving through a difficult season doesn't mean that God isn't still working behind the scenes to advance your purpose even further. 

In today's verse, Paul teaches us the power of staying committed to our purpose even in the midst of less than ideal circumstances. 

Listen now and find the encouragement you need to keep moving forward towards the calling that God has given you. 


Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
Philippians 1:2
Philippians 1:3-4
Philippians 1:5
Philippians 1:6
Philippians 1:7
Philippians 1:8-9
Philippians 1:9-10
Philippians 1:10
Philippians 1:11

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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

Today, I want to talk to you about staying committed to your purpose. 

We all have times in our lives when it seems like circumstances prevent us from ever finishing a dream that God has laid in our hearts. 

Paul’s life is a testimony that God can use everything for your good. 

Paul’s One purpose in life was to advance the gospel message. From our study of Philippians, we know that Paul was in prison in Rome awaiting trial. 

I’m sure Paul imagined what the believers back in Philippi were thinking like, “God, where are you? How could you let this happen? Again? Paul has given you his life and this is what you do for him?”

And yet, Paul says, nothing could be further from the truth. We read in Philippians 1:12, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”

Paul uses a great word here in the original Greek language to vividly illustrate what he sees going on in his life. The word for “advance” was used to indicate the progress of an army. It gives the picture of workers going out into an untouched field and cutting away trees and removing barriers that would hinder the movement of an army into new territory. 

It’s like Paul is saying, “You may think that these prison walls are stopping the advancement of God’s Word, but my chains are actually clearing the barriers for God’s army to spread the gospel message even faster than I ever did on my own.”

You see, it may have seemed like the devil shut the doors for Paul to fulfill his mission, but Paul saw new doors open in which the gospel message was carried out even faster. And we’ll take a look at what those new doors were in our next episode. 

So your simple truth for today: Paul’s dream to change the world landed him in prison. Is it possible that God is using your current circumstances, no matter how hopeless it may appear, to advance your dream even further?

Just like he did with Paul, God may be using this time to remove barriers that you can’t even see, so that you can fulfill your purpose in life in an even greater measure.  

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I'm Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again very soon.