Philippians 1:12-19

12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the perspective that you live from? Is it one of peace and joy or it is one of regret and remorse? Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel and had a guard chained to him 24 hours a day and yet he had joy. His point of view was very clear and it did not depend on what was happening to him on the external, because his joy came from an internal knowledge of who he was in Christ. He was looking at his situation from God’s perspective and not from his own human senses. From a human point of view things could not have been worse. He had no freedom and was doomed to die, but from God’s perspective, people were hearing about the love of God and getting saved from Hell. How are you looking at the problem you face today? Is it from the promises given to us by the Word of God, or are you depending on your own strength to overcome? Get a clear point of view and know that life is just one series of problems and how you look at each situation will determine the outcome. Look at them from God’s point of view and not from your own human perspective. God has a way out of every problem and He has a purpose behind everything that happens to you. And it is for your good and for His plan. Trust Him today with that thing that weighs you down and let His joy fill you heart today.

Have a God Day!