Series: Freed: from Prison to Peace
Freed: Headed in the Right Direction
April 26, 2020 | Mike Solorio
HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
QUESTION: "Are you headed in the right direction”?
We all want to see PROGRESS in our lives.
But for progress, direction is also required.
Without direction, it doesn’t matter how much you strive, you might never get progress in your life.
PROGRESS = Effort + Direction
Paul interprets what has happened to him not as a setback, but as a setup to advance the Gospel (v.12)
Life is not about knowing what’s happening, but knowing it’s interpretation. Faith is an interpretation and the Holy Spirit is our interpreter.
You can overcome every “what” (the pain) if you know your “why” (the purpose).
QUESTION: What interpretations of your past are getting in the way of your progress? How would you describe the “why” of your life?
Starting in (v.18), Paul shifts from interpretation to anticipation. He goes from talking about what has happened to talking about what will happen even as he faces an uncertain future.
QUESTION: How has your past affected your view of the future? What role does your faith play in shaping your anticipation of the future?
In (v.20), he gives us the secret of anticipating progress while sitting in a prison: “I eagerly expect and hope…”
The word Paul used is the Greek word “apokaradokia,” which is only found in Christian literature (and it started with Paul). Translated, it means, “Making headway in spite of the blows.” It uses parts of other Greek words that literally break down as, “Turn away with concentration and stretch your head forward.”
QUESTION: "How is this approach a weapon for you as you put your faith into practice"?
APO: to turn away with concentration. Ignoring other interests.
DOKIA: to stretch forward.
“But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” – Philippians 1:18 (NIV)
We have to focus on what lies ahead.
Philippians 3:13-14 - "...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
QUESTION: How is this approach a weapon for you as you put your faith into practice? What are you “stretching your head out” towards and having the faith to believe right now? How can you hold onto hope in spite of any challenges that lie ahead?
Are you HEADED in the right direction?