Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 97/260: Read Philippians 1

Isn’t it amazing how God works? How He takes things that seem devastating to us, and use them to the “furtherance of the gospel”? That’s what happened with Paul when he was arrested. We may view an arrest as a black mark against our character, but God was able to use Paul’s time under guard to convert other people to His cause!

Romans 8:28 proclaims, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” No, it doesn’t say all things are good, but rather all things work together for good. Whatever situation you find yourself in, God can use it for His purpose.

Isn’t that what happened when Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers in the book of Genesis? God used Joseph where he was. He turned a bad situation into a blessing for His people.

What about you? What is your current situation? Are you able to do something good for God, despite your circumstances?

The people that you come into contact with every day will notice how you respond to the ups and downs of life. Do you act like a Christian should act, even when you are disappointed or downtrodden? Are you only “faithful” when you are “in a good place” and happy?

Paul says that “it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.” His character showed them who he belonged to. Does yours?

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

Philippians 2:4. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.


Pray for strength of character even during the storms of life.

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