Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12 (NIV)
While Paul could have looked upon his circumstances as preventing him from preaching the gospel freely, he saw it as an opportunity to advance the gospel even although he found himself in a difficult situation.
Paul mentions two positive outcomes of his ‘chains’:
1. that it was the talk of the whole palace guard that he was in chains for Christ (v13);
2. that it encouraged the brothers in the Lord to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly (v14).
When you are going through difficult times, look for the positives and you might be surprised how God can use your circumstances to advance the gospel.