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

 2021

Categories

Tags

10 nations Anxiety Battles Be on Guard Bearing with one another Being Still Blessing God Bowl Judgment #2 Coming of Jesus Contentment Courage Crown of righteousness Directing our paths Discipleship End times Eric Lidell Exemplary prayer Faith over fear Faith wavers Feeding the Fire Free Gideon God at work God is working God's Holiness God's Involvment God's Whispers God's call on your life God's delays God's direction Grattitude Hearing from God Heart of Service Heart of the problem Hope Jesus' Kingdom Jesus' return Jesus Listen for His voice Little by little Living godly Love More Need Obstacles One world religion Persistence in prayer Power Prayer Progress Rainbows Self-Focus Spiritual Vitamins Standing tall Thankfulness The Prize Two witnesses Waiting patiently Weak Weary Soul Worship You matter Your race all together antichrist balancing things best laid plans blessings coming of the Lord continuing in sin daily bible study delight in the word of God delight doubt drinking water endurance everyday faith family breakdown fear godlessness godliness godly life grace hearts towards heaven joy knowledge lasting Covenant living for Jesus 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 seas turned to blood set example setting out sing unto the Lord sin spend time with Jesus thanksgiving thanksgivi trusting God two-witnesses unfulfilled desires waiting walk faithfully walk in the light walk with God walking with God water to blood waver in prayers weapon word of God world chaos