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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Three

V.18 (Cont'd.)

** Can God use anything He wants to get His truth out?

Of course! All see - Numbers 22:21-35, Balaam would eventually be killed for being an unfaithful prophet. cf. Numbers 31:8

Well, if God can use a donkey, he can use a bunch of selfishly ambitious preachers.

** What is the two dimensional form of rejoicing, to which we see Paul commit?

Both - Now "...in this I rejoice..." and - Future "...and I will rejoice..."

Paul's readers (and us as well) should be very encouraged to see such a commitment to rejoice, even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Does that challenge your own heart regarding the lack of joy you experience when life gets hard?


** Was God limited by Paul's circumstances?

No - He planned them! V.12 "greater progress", and V.18 "Christ proclaimed".
Acts 28:31 "unhindered".


** Was Paul limited by his circumstances?

Not at all! V.13 - He reached thousands from inside his prison confinement, V.14 while at the same time was able to be "Encouraging the Brethren" with his gracious example.


** What were some examples in our passage for today, that would help us to better view our circumstances?

V.12 Encourage other Christians by telling what God has done in our life
V.13 in the cause of Christ
V.14 trust more when we see a godly example
V.16 love and support based on the knowledge of our fellow Christian's lifestyle
V.18 rejoice because "Christ is proclaimed" through our circumstances.


** Are you willing to be "Encouraging the Brethren" by your faithfulness to Christ through every circumstance He brings your way? To God be the glory!

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