Thursday, March 21, 2013

Christ is Preached...

Christ is Preached...

Every situation Paul was in He was always looking to see God at work. 

He said “I am put here”

Philippians 1:16
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
He always looked at advancing the Gospel in the midst of all the circumstances he found himself in. 
He used everything as a stepping stone for the unfolding plan of God. 
God is in control of our circumstances. God is not waiting for the circumstances to be right or to be changed. He uses all circumstances to cause us to grow and to advance the Gospel. 
Romans 8:28
New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
How you handle a circumstance in your life can be a witness of the Gospel to those around you. 
Paul’s attitude:
...the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel....
Joseph’s attitude: 
...As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today...
Jesus’s attitude:
...“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”...
Stephen the Martyr’s attitude:
 ...“Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”...
Corrie ten Boom’s Attitude:
...."God does not have problems. Only plans."... "There is no pit so deep that Gods love is not deeper still."... ...”Don’t worry about me, the things that have happened to me have served as an advancement of the Gospel. The important thing is that Christ is Preached.”

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

We must examine ourselves to make sure our attitudes are Christ like. We can’t let the motives of others change our attitude. 
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
We can’t let others around us change or influence our attitudes. 
The wrong motives of bad men, must never be allowed to become the determining element in our attitude. (Allistair Begg)
We must have the attitude that no matter what we are going through:
The important thing is that Christ is Preached.
The important thing is that Christ is Preached.
The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

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