Philippians 1:13
The prison has become my pulpit!  All the soldiers in the Governor's guard and everyone involved in the palace have learned about my message.  They know that I am not their prisoner but that I am enclosed in Christ.  

Last night, Andrew Wommack shared part of his experience in the Vietnam War.  Terrible things were happening all around him, and yet he was so fixated on Christ that none of it mattered.  He didn't care if he died because he knew if he died he would be with Jesus!  He was more concerned about others, whether or not they knew Christ!

Paul in Philippians 1 talks about a similar experience.  He is in prison and yet he is rejoicing!  I don't think he had to force himself to rejoice either, he had a desire to rejoice!

How could both Paul and Andrew rejoice in such hopeless situations?
Paul gives us part of the answer in Philippians 1:13, he says, "They know that I am not their prisoner but that I am enclosed in Christ"

As Christians, we are hidden in Christ.  Colossians 3:3 says, "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." the mirror Bible says it like this, "Your union with his death broke the association with that world; see yourselves located in a fortress where your life is hidden with Christ in God!"

Our physical bodies may be in prison or at war, but our spirit, which is more real, is with Christ.  We are not of this world.  We are a peculiar people, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.  We are hidden in Christ.

Blessings,
Ally

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