In Phillipians 1, Paul talks about being confident,
“…Being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ.”
Well today I have a simple question I’d like to ask you: Are you living in confidence?
You may be out of work and have been looking for a job for some time, you may be a single parent trying your best to look after your children and raise them up right, or you may have just received a report from the doctor that seems pretty much hopeless. But through it all… are you living in confidence?
Paul as he writes this letter is actually in prison… but even though he’s in prison this is what he had to say of his current situation,
“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…”
I know that as humans its normal and very easy for us to not see what we’re going through as anything positive or good. But maybe… what if… you and what you’re going through right now is exactly what God’s going to use for the furtherance of the Gospel and His ultimate divine purpose!
Despite the circumstance Paul is currently in, he knows and believes that no matter what happens… it is all for the better and the benefit of God’s perfect will and kingdom. Which is why in verse 13 he goes on to say,
“… So that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.”
To many of us prison is not the ideal place or situation for a christian to be in… but everyday aren’t we bombarded and stuck in our own little prison? Prison of insecurities, Prison of loneliness, Prison of finances, Prison of pain and sickness.. The list goes on and on! So let’s be honest, each and everyone of us in are in uncomfortable situations and are prisoned by something every single day.
Paul doesn’t see his circumstance as a negative, instead he has shifted his focus and see’s it as a positive.
Just like Paul we need to shift our focus and be able to look at the chains that have bound us into the prisons of our life and confidently say “MY CHAINS ARE IN CHRIST.”
We MUST believe that no matter what we go through… it is all for the glory of God and the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Paul looks at the chains on his hands as the will of God for him at that moment in his life. Therefore, Paul see’s his chains in Christ.
Paul also mentioned that “it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.”
Meaning that Paul’s confidence in his situation… believing that God will use it for His glory… was getting noticed… to the point where the whole palace guard could see his confidence in Christ! And others!!!
I wonder if maybe his body language or way of speaking during the hard time he was going through had anything to do with it… hmm???
How you choose to speak and handle your current situation… be it negative or positive… whether you know it or not… is noticed by the people around you.
Your energy will either lift them up or bring them down.
When you shift your focus and see the negative things in your life as a positive… you’re not the only one who becomes confident… others do too.
Other people see how you tackle every bow and arrow the Devil throws your way and how you defeat him every time with the strength and confidence you have in Christ. They too start believing that just like you… they too can fight any battle by putting all their trust and confidence in Christ.
See, Confidence is Contagious.
Pauls confidence in Christ became so contagious that others began to follow as well!
“… and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”
Are your chains inspiring others? Or are they making people turn away from the hope they’re looking for that can only be found in Christ Jesus?
Paul continues to say in verse 19-21,
“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness as always, so now also Christ will be magnified n my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Know and believe that through prayer, the prayers of others, and the supply of the Holy Spirit, you too can earnestly expect and hope for your deliverance! Believe with confidence that no matter what you are going through right now is temporary. You will NOT be left ashamed and stuck in your prison forever. Know that in all things Christ will be magnified through every hardship and turmoil you go through in life!
And remember, as you believe… others will begin to believe… and their lives will begin to change with yours as well! Why? Because,
CONFIDENCE IS CONTAGIOUS.