Aug 5th Devotion

The Best Laid Plans – David Jeremiah
 
The things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel. Philippians 1:12
 
Near the end of his third missionary tour, the apostle Paul stayed with his friend, Gaius, while he wrote the book of Romans. He told the Christians in Rome he was planning to visit them on his next trip. He intended to travel to Jerusalem, then to launch his fourth tour to Rome and on to Spain. He described his plans in depth in Romans 15.

Nothing went as Paul planned. He was arrested in Jerusalem, spent two years imprisoned in Caesarea, transported by a ship that sunk in the Mediterranean, and washed ashore in Crete, where he was bitten by a viper. When he finally arrived in Rome, he was in chains and facing another two years of incarceration.

Yet he wrote to the Philippians, telling them God had used it all for the furtherance of the Gospel. He had evangelized Romans soldiers everywhere he went, and the story of his troubles had emboldened Christians everywhere to witness with more courage.

We can rest assured God turns our problems into tools for ministry. Are you facing a difficult situation right now? Try praying this: Lord, turn my trial into a testimony!

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Chuck Swindoll

No Comments


Recent

Archive

 2022

Categories

Tags

10 nations 5th bowl judgment 6th Bowl Anxiety Armageddon Attributes of God Autism Battles Battle Be on Guard Be still Bearing with one another Being Still Bible Blessing God Bowl Judgment #2 Bow Busyness Comfort Coming of Jesus Contentment Content Courage Crown of righteousness Directing our paths Disappointment Discipleship Earthquakes Easter Encouragement End times Eric Lidell Eternity Evil Exemplary prayer Faith over fear Faith wavers Faithful with Litlle Feeding the Fire Fellowship with God Free Generosity Giants Gideon Giving thanks God at work God in our midst God is working God's Help God's Holiness God's Involvment God's Timing God's Whispers God's call on your life God's delays God's direction God's pleasure God's will Grattitude Guarding our words Hearing from God Heart of Service Heart of the problem Hidden Blessings His Love Hope If Only Incomparable Word Jesus' Kingdom Jesus' return Jesus Lightning Listen for His voice Listening Little by little Living godly Love Loving God's word Moments More Need New Covenant Not Looking back Obstacles One world religion People Persistence in prayer Pour in spirit Power Praising God Pray without ceasing Prayer life Prayer Pray Progress Protection Proverbs Purpose Rainbows Reading the bible Reason Redemption Rejoicing Rock Self-Focus Serviing Setbacks Shepherd Spiritual Vitamins Standing tall Stepping out Still on the throne Striving Thank God Thankfulness The Good News The Prize The Tongue The Word The gift Thunder Time with God Trumpet Two witnesses Vision Waiting patiently Waterfall Weak Weary Soul Wisdom Worry Worship You matter Your race all together antichrist balancing things best laid plans blessings coming of the Lord continuing in sin daily bible study darkness delight in the word of God delight distractions doubt drinking water endurance everyday faith family breakdown fear forest for the trees godlessness godliness godly life good times grace growing up grumbling hard times hearts towards heaven heat joy kings of the east knowledge lasting Covenant living for Jesus longing for God loving one another make a way mark of the beast miracles missing needing Answers nothing goes right patience peace pleasing God prepared provision rapture relationships running searing seas turned to blood season set example setting out sing unto the Lord sin spend time with Jesus sunburn thanksgiving thanksgivi thought life trusting God two-witnesses unanswered prayers understanding unfulfilled desires waiting walk faithfully walk in the light walk with God walking with God want water to blood waver in prayers weapon white horse willingness word of God world chaos yes to God