I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else too, found out that I’m in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they’ve learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the Christians here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah. Philippians 1:12-14
Paul suffered much for being a Christian. He was thrown in jail but refused to let incarceration destroy his faith. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity for further witness Ephesians 6:20 I am in chains now for preaching this message from God. But pray that I will keep on speaking out boldly for him even here in prison, as I should. Philippians 1:12 I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered.
Often when we come into recovery we think we have got the rough end of the stick. Feel sorry for ourselves that we have had to give up our drug of choice. (even though it was destroying our lives and slowly killing us) Our recovery can become the launching pad, from which God wants to move us forward in becoming all that He is calling us to be. I have heard so many times in my spiritual recovery “God wants to use your deepest hurts as His weapon of reaching others who still suffer.” How true that is! The doors He has opened for me in my life, in ministry, and in mission are doors I could never have opened on my own. And, He wants to do the same for you.
God is waiting to deliver us from the damaging echoes of our past. He is just waiting for us to ask Him/ It says in the Bible “You don’t get cause you haven’t asked.” Take time now to ask God to help you to surrender to His will and help you to overcome the things from your past that are holding you back. Stopping you from becoming all that He wants you to be and doing all that He wants you to do.
After you have spent time praying live this week as if God has already answered your prayer. STOP being ashamed and afraid of the fact that you are in recovery. You are a child of the all-powerful God and He has not brought you this far to drop you. START appreciating where He has brought you from and where He is taking you to.