Philippians 1:12 All For A Purpose


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Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12

Things that appear to be bad happen to people on a regular basis. Questions always arise as to why bad things occur to good people. These types of questions arise with both believers and non-believers.

A person who has been generous with his time and money all of his life, suddenly gets cancer. A person who has always been kind and generous loses his job and house. A generous and serving person ends up in a major life-changing accident. In each of these people are always asking why did it happen.

None of these things has anything to do with whether a person is a believer or not.

Add all of those things to a believer and a believer must deal with more events. A strong believer, who is a constant witness for Jesus, who runs from all sin, is suddenly put in prison, or is fired because of his belief. Or the believer is put through a lot of problems and harassment because of his belief in Jesus.

Paul had a major event in his life. He had been faithful to God in spreading the gospel message of Jesus. He never did any harm to anyone. Yet, he was put in prison. The Philippian church was wondering what had happened and why it occurred.

Paul used that time in prison to spread the gospel. He did fight back or get angry at the people or God for being in prison. He used that time there to be a witness to everyone in the prison, both prisoners and guards. As a result it spread the gospel message into a new area.

There will come times of major catastrophes in your life. It may mean major change in living, position, health, or many other areas. God does not always reveal why it happens, but one thing that can always occur because of it is the spreading of the gospel message.

That event may bring you to new people to tell about Jesus. Your actions and reactions to the situation will be a witness of your belief and trust in God.

Do not get discouraged or angry at God or the world. Use that event to help spread the gospel message to all the world. It can have an eternal purpose.

I pray today that you will know God is with you; that you will see events through the eyes of God; that you will use everything as an opportunity to be God’s witness; and that God will reach many people through you.


Luke 8:5 Sowing Seed Everywhere

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“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.” Luke 8:5

Jesus had told a parable of a farmer going out to sow some seed. As he went, the farmer scattered the seed in many different places. In each area that it was spread, it had different results.

In a lot of businesses, they want their salesman to target certain people for sales. They do not want the salesman to just go up to anyone and everyone. Part of the reason for that is that they know certain people will not be able to or want to purchase the product.

An example of that is a car salesman will not go up to a child to make a sale. He knows that the child cannot purchase one at all.

Believers often work in the same way when it comes to spreading the gospel message of Jesus. They look at certain people and automatically assume that a person will not accept the gospel message of salvation. They believe that the person is too bad to want Jesus.  Or they believe that the person will not understand the message. Or that the person is in a society position that will not allow him to listen to the message.

The farmer in the parable by Jesus, spread his seed everywhere. Looking at the next few verses tells where it was spread–the path, rocky ground, thorns and good soil.

The farmer was not particular about where to spread his seed. He knew that some seed would land on good soil and produce more than enough.

Believers need to be willing to spread the gospel message anywhere and everywhere that they can. No one can afford to be choosy about where he spreads the gospel. Every person needs to be given the chance to accept and follow Jesus.

Some will reject immediately. Some will accept and later fall away. Others will accept and produce a great crop.

Be willing to share the salvation message of Jesus with everyone you can. Give everyone you can a chance to accept Jesus. Do not worry about who might or might not accept your message.

God can make the message come alive, if you send it out.

How much seed can you spread today?

Who can you spread it to?

I pray today that you will know the gospel message of Jesus; that you will share the gospel message of Jesus with everyone you meet; and that God will produce a great crop through you.

Matthew 13:3-4 Scatter The Seed Everywhere

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.” Matthew 13:3-4

Jesus had started to teach the people many things, but He often spoke in parables. He liked to use everyday events to teach eternal, spiritual thoughts. In this parable Jesus tells of a farmer going out to sow the seed. The seed falls everywhere as it is scattered. Some fall on bad ground, while others fall on good ground. Some produce very well, while others do not produce at all.

Planting seeds can be a frustrating thing for some people. They go out and get the ground ready, go through all the work of planting the seeds, and then very few actual sprout. The reasons for the not sprouting can be many, not enough water, too much water, too much sun, not enough sun, bugs, animals, too many rocks, and too many weeds.

If a farmer was to look at all those things first as possible preventions, then he most likely would not sow at all. He scatters the seed out and trusts God to do the rest.

Later in this chapter, Jesus explains that the seed is the Word of God, the gospel message. It is sown out everywhere, and some take it up, while others reject it. Some sprouts for a time, then dies, while others produce well.

Every believer is supposed to be like that farmer, spreading some seed, the seed of the gospel message. He is to scatter the seed everywhere.

Some people will refuse to share the gospel message with some people, because that person (they know) will not accept it. They don’t want to waste their time.

God is the only one who can give growth to a seed. You do not know if a person will accept Jesus or not, but you must give him a chance to accept or deny Jesus.

As a witness of Jesus, you must tell everyone you can about Him and what He has done for them. It may be the one time they hear about Jesus and accept Him. You do not know what they will do. If you choose not to tell them, you may have taken their one chance to hear about salvation in Jesus.

Go and scatter your seed.

I pray today that you will share the gospel message with everyone; that God will touch the hearts of many through you; that many will accept Jesus into their life through your message; and that you will not fear sharing the gospel message of Jesus with anyone.

Zechariah 6:15 Building God’s Temple

Those who are far away will come and help build the temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God. Zechariah 6:15

God had sent Zechariah to Joshua son of Jozadek to commission him to build the temple. His name means branch, so he would become the branch that will reach out to all people. People from all over would come to help him in building the temple. The only requirement needed to make this happen was that he had to diligently obey God.

Joshua was an example of who Christ Jesus would become. He was a type of savior to the people. The temple, in the Old Testament, was a sign of God’s favor, presence and power. He was to build that temple, drawing all people to it. Jesus, later, would be a temple Himself and would draw all people to Himself also.

The building of God’s temple has never finished, although it has changed from being a physical building with bricks, to a body of people. Paul said that the body of a believer is the temple of God, it is where God now dwells.

Instead of using bricks to build the temple today, believers are presenting the gospel message to the rest of the world. They are to lift Jesus up and promote Him. As they do, He will draw all men unto Himself. In that process the temple of God will be built larger and larger.

In order for all people to be drawn to Jesus, every believer must obey His word. Jesus set the example on how to spread the gospel message. It was to be spread boldly with love, compassion, grace and mercy. When a believer is working diligently in this manner, God’s temple will grow. People from all over the world will come to Him. People who are lost in sin will come to Him.

Do not try to build His temple on your own, using your own plans. Seek out God and His word to understand what you are to do in order to build His temple. Follow His rules in building and you will see success. Pattern your life after that of Jesus–the Branch, that you are a part of .

Are you building God’s temple today?

I pray today that you will be a part of God’s temple; that you will seek to draw others to Jesus; that you will tell others the gospel message of Jesus Christ; and that through you God will draw many to salvation in Jesus.