Philippians 1:14 (NIV): 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.
HOW TO FIND THE CONFIDENCE TO PURSUE GOD'S CALLING ON YOUR LIFE (EVEN WHEN YOU WANT TO RUN THE OTHER WAY)
Do you have a calling on your life, but you're scared to pursue it? You look at all the possibilities that could go wrong, and you think that staying where you are now is the "safer" route?
I know exactly how you feel. I've been there. In fact, I still struggle with this daily.
The believers in the 1st Century dealt with the same emotions. Paul teaches us how they were able to change their focus and find the strength and confidence to carry out their purpose with boldness.
Listen now, and be set free from this mindset holding you back.
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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 finding the confidence to boldly fulfill God’s calling on your life.
We’ve been looking at Paul’s imprisonment in Rome while awaiting trial.
It seemed that no matter the circumstances, Paul always saw God’s hand working powerfully through his life.
In Philippians chapter one verse 12, Paul witnessed how God used his imprisonment to advance the gospel message. In verse 13, he testified that his chains gave him the opportunity to preach to those who might never have heard him otherwise, including the elite Imperial Guard.
Today, Paul gives us yet another way he observed God working through his life when he wrote in Philippians 1 verse 14 “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.”
You see, while Paul was imprisoned in Rome awaiting trial, visitors could come and go as they pleased. I can only imagine the thoughts running anxiously through their minds as they went to see Paul. Thoughts like, “God, I’m not sure about this whole preaching thing anymore. What if I end up in prison just like Paul? God, I’m afraid. I really don’t want to do this anymore.”
As they open the door, they hear Paul’s saying, “Hey! Come on in. I can’t wait to tell you everything that God’s been doing while I’ve been here in prison.”
So, they’d sit down. Listen to Paul go on and on about who he’s met, what discipleship groups he’s started. They probably even met some of the solders that recently gave their lives to God because of Paul.
Paul tells us that it was because of how they saw God work even in Paul’s imprisonment that the believers become “confident in the Lord.”
Did you catch that? They became confident in who? The Lord. They weren’t confident in their own ability. They became confident in the ability of the One who’s able to use any opportunity in a believer’s life, whether as a prisoner or a free man, to continue doing the work of the Lord.
So, your simple truth for today: Where’s your confidence? I encourage you to examine your heart and see who or what you have confidence in. Is it yourself? Your job? Your money? If so, I invite you to ask God to help you take your eyes off of this world and turn them towards God. And when you do, just like Paul’s visitors, you will find the courage to boldly fulfill God’s calling on your life without fear.
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