Don’t Let Your Circumstances Dictate You!

Ephesians 6:19-20 and pray for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

For over 20 years we’ve been covering Christian Persecution, and whenever I come across an amazing story of how a saint endured such hardships, it encourages me. I remember reading about Watchman Nee and his imprisonment. The Chinese government would change the guards at his cell daily for fear that Nee would lead them to the Lord. Their fears were justified — many of those guards did come to faith! Apparently Watchman Nee had learned a powerful lesson from the Apostle Paul.

In Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus, observe how he describes himself — an ambassador in chains. Locked away in a prison, Paul adamantly refuses to allow his circumstances to dictate or alter his identity. He may be in chains, but he remains the Lord’s ambassador.

Can you imagine Paul chained up in that dungeon, throwing up his hands saying, “That’s it; it’s over; I’m finished!?

Not on your life! Instead, the apostle grows bolder as an ambassador; not intimidated or ashamed, because Paul isn’t chained in his Spirit, he’s only bound in the flesh. Remember how he concludes his letter to the Philippian Church declaring, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Don’t allow yourself to be defined by your past, or “chained” by your current circumstances. God has also called you to be an ambassador for Him. With so much work to be done, we ought to be growing even bolder, right in the midst of our trials and tribulations!

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  1. I saw a HomelessnMan in Rags nd Botto.less shoes. Face hands Ankels were covered in black like someone who woked in a coalmine. Id appraoched him. He said he belived in jesus also he had a mini bible. The pages were tattered n torn. However my point here is when ask if would like a coat or pair of shoes. The mans reply was this ” No im Content. Ihave Enough.”(there was a gentleness about him no bitterness nor resentment in his voice) .Acarm amid his ircunmstances. It had reminded me of when the Apostle Paul said In allnthings iv learnt to be content nd can all things arenpossible through Christ. This man who ever he was had Peacenin his Circumstances nd looked for nothing from the many passers by who down at him, in pity or discuss. It you did not have to see nd even the seeing one could hardly notice that the Man was coverd in filthy dirty rags nd mayb hadnt bathe for months. Its was a Humbling experiece. As a christian who accepted Christnasnmy Savior.was futher Humbled by his Meekness. It says in the Bible. When u entertain strangers in doing so you you could be entertaini g Angels of the Lord unawares right.

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