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“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NLT)

 

The Apostle Paul wrote the above verse when he sat in a filthy prison cell being chained to the wall. He was in Rome awaiting his trail and execution.

At some point in time in his life I believe Paul had a vision where he looked out onto the horizon and saw you and me. He saw us caught in the struggles of life, bad decision making, and efforts that have led anyone of us into dead end results.  We were at risk of losing our joy of life and our hope for better days ahead of us.

Yes, Paul knew all of this and that’s why he wrote some of the most encouraging words you or I will ever read. Those words are found in his short but in-depth book called Philippians.

You see Paul wanted to go to Rome. He thought he would continue his building up of Christian believers in towns that he traveled through, while traveling to Rome. Well, he did get to Rome, but it didn’t happen the way he thought it would.

Since becoming a Christian several years earlier, Paul had many near-death experiences. He fought off wild animals, had huge rocks thrown at him by villagers until they thought he was dead, he went without food, shelter, and other necessities many times during his travels.

Why would anyone want to risk their life more times than even Paul writes about? Only to end up chained to a prison wall where there was not even window.

Paul didn’t let his circumstances determine his level of joy. His source of joy went deeper than his surroundings. His joy came from his belief in Jesus Christ.  And he was completely committed to sharing his love and belief that Jesus Christ is the source of true love, hope, joy, and contentment.

Do you let your situation determine your outlook on life?

Find Joy Despite Your Circumstances

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NLT)

 

The Apostle Paul wrote the above verse when he sat in a filthy prison cell being chained to the wall. He was in Rome awaiting his trail and execution.

At some point in time in his life I believe Paul had a vision where he looked out onto the horizon and saw you and me. He saw us caught in the struggles of life, bad decision making, and efforts that have led anyone of us into dead end results.  We were at risk of losing our joy of life and our hope for better days ahead of us.

Yes, Paul knew all of this and that’s why he wrote some of the most encouraging words you or I will ever read. Those words are found in his short but in-depth book called Philippians.

You see Paul wanted to go to Rome. He thought he would continue his building up of Christian believers in towns that he traveled through, while traveling to Rome. Well, he did get to Rome, but it didn’t happen the way he thought it would.

Since becoming a Christian several years earlier, Paul had many near-death experiences. He fought off wild animals, had huge rocks thrown at him by villagers until they thought he was dead, he went without food, shelter, and other necessities many times during his travels.

Why would anyone want to risk their life more times than even Paul writes about? Only to end up chained to a prison wall where there was not even window.

Paul didn’t let his circumstances determine his level of joy. His source of joy went deeper than his surroundings. His joy came from his belief in Jesus Christ.  And he was completely committed to sharing his love and belief that Jesus Christ is the source of true love, hope, joy, and contentment.

Do you let your situation determine your outlook on life?

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