Philippians 1:13 (NIV): As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
HOW TO BREAK THE "CHAINS" HOLDING YOU BACK FROM GOD'S HIGHEST PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE.
Have you ever had a time in your life when you wanted to pursue a passion in your life, but it seemed like circumstances in your life were preventing you from succeeding?
You just knew without a doubt that God had given you this desire. So, why wasn't He removing these "chains" or barriers in your life so that you could pursue your purpose?
Maybe you're even going through this right now?
The Apostle Paul had the same struggle in his life. He always wanted to preach the gospel message in Rome, and yet, God had him in "chains" inside a prison in Rome for two years awaiting trial before Caesar Nero.
How could God ever take something like that and make something good from it?
Join us today to see how God used Paul's chains to accomplish God's highest purpose in Paul's life.
Once you understand what God is doing in your life, you can break free of these "chains" and pursue the purpose God has on your life with freedom.
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Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, I want to talk to you about breaking the chains holding you back from God’s highest purpose.
We’ve been exploring Philippians chapter one and discovering that God can use our current circumstances for His good, no matter how hopeless they may seem. And if anyone had the chance to feel hopeless, it was the Apostle Paul. Paul repeatedly refers to himself in his prison letters as a prisoner of Jesus Christ or as someone who is in chains for Christ.
You may recall from a previous episode that Paul was living in house arrest at the time of his letter to the Philippians. Meaning that he had to pay rent for his own lodging but was never allowed to leave. And so around the clock, 24/7 Paul was guarded by a Roman soldier.
So what exactly did this look like? Well, Paul would’ve had a short length of chain attached to his wrist and the other end of the chain would’ve attached to the wrist of the soldier who was his guard.
Now, over a period of two years, one by one, soldiers would’ve been assigned to guard Paul. And these weren’t just any soldiers either. These were the Imperial Guard. Specifically, these were 10,000 men handpicked to protect Rome and the Roman emperor.
So, here’s Paul in house arrest. Visitors coming and going as they pleased, and no doubt these powerful, elite soldiers would’ve heard Paul preaching and talking with his friends. Can you imagine the stories they heard? Or The miracles and healings they witnessed, and maybe even experienced themselves?
Paul had always wanted to preach the gospel in Rome. Now, granted this wasn’t how he envisioned it, but nonetheless, here he was with a captive audience 24/7, and as a result, revival broke out in Rome. He says in Philippians 1:13, “As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”
So, your Simple Truth for today: Paul spoke of his chains for Christ. What are your “chains” that appear to be restricting you? I want to encourage you to follow Paul’s example. Don’t let those chains stop you from doing what God has called you to do.
Hey, thank you for joining us today. If you have a spare moment, could you please review this podcast? And you never know how God might use your review to help break the chains off someone else’s life.
I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.