A lot of times we ask ourselves ¿What’s going on? because we cannot understand our situation, but the important thing is to understand ¿why?. That’s Apokaradokia for.
This message is based on the sermon from Steven Furtick because with him I have learned that every progress requires effort but that’s not enough.
Robert Kiyosaki says that self-employed people strive which is why they’re so good but eventually they burn out. So for progress it’s also required direction.
Without direction, doesn’t matter how much you strive you might never get progress on your life.
Progress = Effort + Direction
Philippians church were worried because Paul was arrested with other prisoners waiting for trial. They were afraid of losing their spiritual leader.
The were asking “What had happened?” but Paul answered them not with details but with an interpretation of what had happened. He said:
“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,” – Philippians 1.12 ESV
Remember this because life is not about knowing what’s happening but to know it’s interpretation. After all faith is an interpretation and the Holy Spirit our interpreter.
You can overcome every “what” if your know “why”. People give up because they doesn’t have a strong enough “why”. So you have to decide your “why” before your “what”.
Otherwise the facts of your situation could blind you so you won’t be able to see the purpose behind all these.
You also have to be careful with personal interpretation as Steven Furtick teach us with his story:
Steven Furtick was with his son on his baseball match. For a moment he went to the bathroom, and when he was out a women shout him ‘You are so great that you don’t say hi. Pastor’. But he actually haven’t seen that woman because we was focused on his child. As he said, for that moment he was not a pastor for his church but a father for his child.
He wasn’t trying to be mean, although that woman may have thought that. So Steven teach us that we should stop putting bubbles on other peoples head. Which means to stop making up stories on our heads.
With this we can be sure that everything is related to interpretation, from marriage to our relationship with God. So it’s very important to have the Holy Spirit as our interpreter.
“You don’t experience life, you experience your interpretation of life.” – Steven Furtick
After Paul explains the “why” he continues with the anticipation of what will come.
From Philippians 1.18 to 27 there are 10 verses with 10 anticipations:
+ I will continue to rejoice…
+ What has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
+ I will in no way be ashamed…
+ but will have sufficient courage…
+ Christ will be exalted in my body…
+ this will mean fruitful labor for me.
+ I will remain…
+ I will continue…
+ Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
+ I will know…
*Passages from ESV.
Paul is constantly talking about what is going to happen because he understand the why.
Finally we are in the main idea where Paul says:
“as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” – Philippians 1.20 ESV
When Paul talks about eager expectation and hope, he uses a greek word that didn’t exist before. This means that he had to create a whole new word to express the kind of hope without records.
Paul wants you to understand that he was in prison and even in prison he was talking about the future.
This greek word is APOKARADOKIA. Which is actually three words in one:
+ Apo: Means to turn away with concentration. Ignoring other interests.
+ Kara: Means head.
+ Dokia: Means to stretch forward.
Paraphrasing Paul he was saying:
“I can’t move my feet, I can’t move my body but I’m stretching my head forward to the future and so I will rejoice.”
“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
” – Philippians 1.18 ESV
I hope this message bless your life and remember that Apokaradokia means to understand the purpose of your situation to look forward and find rejoice in the difficulty. Health!