"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
"For Paul, joy is not the result of finding himself in comfortable circumstances, but of seeing the gospel make progress through his circumstances and through the circumstances of the Philippians, whatever they might be (1:18, 2:17)."
"Thus his imprisonment is not simply a result of his Christian commitment, but is the necessary means through which Paul fulfills his calling.”
God put Paul IN PRISON and he rejoiced. He saw through his circumstances that the Lord was at work through him and through the Philippian people, the other believers. Paul continued to preach his message, regardless of what the people thought, said, or did to him, and many were saved because of it! I have no physical chains, but pray I can use the things that hinder me and hold me back as an avenue to share my amazing God with others. Praying God will open doors, even today, for me to be used for His purpose and for the praise of His glory!
I am truly hungry for Christ to fill me up with the Word today, hoping that hunger will propel me through today with eyes, heart, and mind set only on fulfilling my purpose: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt. 28:19-20