Preaching Christ!--Philippians 1:12-18

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Preaching Christ!
By Pastor Tony on February 4, 2020; 9:03 a.m.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Can you celebrate when Christ is preached, no matter each person’s motive? May God grant us the ability, like Paul to rejoice in the fact that Christ is preached, whether for self-promotion or sincerity of heart.
Scripture: Philippians 1:12-18
V. 18—“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”
Observation:
 I wonder sometimes whether we as God’s people we have a hard time with judging others.  You know, we look at what they are doing and immediately make a judgment call as to their motives. We shouldn’t, but we find ourselves doing it.  The apostle Paul was in prison and knew that some were preaching the gospel of Christ to cause him to be conflicted; for they wanted to cause him harm.  However, the apostle rejected the temptation to judge, but rather turned his attention to the fact that the gospel was being preached.  Wow!  Think of it; in prison and thanking God for the preaching of the gospel no matter who it was doing the preaching and no matter their motive for preaching, just that Jesus Christ was being preached. Amazing!
Application:
Just like the apostle Paul, we sometimes find that there are those who would do things deliberately to cause us grief or pain. However, the choosing of our response is the key to our success.  We can choose to get mad and think badly of that person, or we can allow God to deal with our situation and thank Him for developing our spiritual muscle.  Our resolve has to be to trust God for allowing this situation into our lives and know that He is working things out for our good.
Keep your head up!  God is constantly refocusing our attention back upon Him for He knows that we struggle with keeping focused.  Rejoice!  God is in charge and He has the situation completely under control.
Prayer:
Father God, You are sovereign over all things.  We constantly need Your help to keep the main thing, the main thing.  We praise You for Your ultimate victory in Jesus. Thank You for Your ever-present help in times of trouble.  Keep us focused in Jesus name, Amen!