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For me today:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6 NLT)
Don’t worry about anything. Worth meditating on through Jesus. Difficult for me to do now, but much easier than the old me! That’s progress, I suppose.
Here’s the reward:
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NLT)
I need His peace to guard my heart and mind.
I am reminded of another verse:
Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)
Another translations says:
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
So… I am going to work on not worrying today. How ’bout you?
The forth chapter of the book of Philippians is one of my favorites. In this short chapter, you’ll find several often-quoted passages, including “rejoice in the Lord always”, “be anxious about nothing” and “what ever is true…”. All GREAT verses to memorize and hide in your heart.
In reading Philippians chapter four today, I was drawn to the way in which the Philippian church took care of Paul. In the second half of this chapter, Paul is thanking the church at Philippians for their generosity and praising God for the provisions they supplied:
10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. 17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
I noticed how that even when Paul was in another region, the church there did not seem to provide aid, but the church at Phillipi did – even from far away. It struck me that this church gets it. They are concerned about what’s important in the big picture. They recognize that Paul is spreading the gospel and that God is with him. They want to further God’s Kingdom, even though they might not see a direct, or immediate, return. They are willing to invest in what God’s doing, not just what God’s doing for them.
I want to have more of a “global” concern when it comes to Kingdom building. I want to invest in what God’s doing, where ever He is doing it. And, I love what Paul says about the results of their generosity: “a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.”
Lord, show me how I can be involved in building Your Kingdom – where ever you choose to use me.
grace & peace,
1 Whatever happens, dear brothers and sisters, may the Lord give you joy…
…where Paul expresses his confidence in himself as a Jew among Jews, and then says:
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
That says alot.
Then, I thought to myself, what about those who are not confident in themselves or their religious background. It’s easy for Paul to go on about his. But, then I thought – this is for everyone. If Paul, who had great reason to be confident and proud of his religious heritage and the things he’s done for the Jewish religion, can count it all worthless, how much more those with little confidence or religious pedigree can rejoice in what Christ has done. I think that’s the point Paul is making.
So, if you’ve just become a Christian and are weak and have lots of questions, or if you’ve done much for the Kingdom of God, no matter – what Jesus Christ did is the only thing that makes us right with God and is the only thing that will save us.
So, draw strength from that. Rest – quit working so hard to impress God. Quit working so hard to impress others. Juse is saying. He will tell you what it is you should be doing. Ask – He will tell you. (this message is for me today)
grace & peace,
I’m a bit convicted by this chapter. It’s amazing how God’s Word gives us what we need when we need it. I have been given things today that let me know that God is aware of my situation and He is in control.
For example, look at verse 4:
4 Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.
I have been so tied up in things that are going on in my life recently. I have done little to reach out to others to see how they’re doing. Even in my conversations.
And, look at verses 14 & 15:
14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can speak a word of blame against you.
Well, enough said there. I must try to stop complaining. Did you catch that part in verse 15? Hmmm…
I have SO MUCH to be thankful for. God has blessed me with wonderful daughters, my health, my parents, my job, and so much more. What do I have to complain about? If you know me, please forgive me for my complaining.
Lord, thank You again for Your Word and how It ministers to me in a living, powerful way each time I read it. Thank You for my brothers and the encouragement to stay accountable to each other in the reading of Your Word. I confess my selfishness and complaining as of late. I am thankful for the good things You have given me and for the trials. I rejoice today, O God, because You have saved me from my sin!
grace & peace,
The more time I spend on this planet as a displaced resident waiting to go home, the more I long for His return. Don’t get me wrong – I love my kids and my friends. There are so many things to love about life. Yet, I think I’ve gotten to the place where I can pretty much say I’ve checked off all the things I want to do before I die, with the exception of seeing my daughters get married and, of course, grandchildren.
Whoa – wasn’t ready to go there…
Okay, I’m back now. Where was I? Oh, yes, Philippians…
Anyway, reading today in the first chapter of Philippians really caused me to think. I love what Paul says in verses 21 – 24:
21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live.
Reading this in the NLT gave more meaning to me somehow. Maybe it’s what I’ve been through, but I could really resonate to this passage today. I’m weary, but I want to continue serving Him as long as He sees fit to use me.
And, check this out:
29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this fight together. You have seen me suffer for him in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of this great struggle.
It’s a privilege to trust Christ, but it’s also a privilege to suffer for Him.
Once again,I’m amazed at how this text, written so long ago, relates to much to my life today. I can’t wait to meet Paul and talk with him on my back porch. I’ve got so many questions to ask…
Thank you, Lord, for this specific encouragement today. Deliver me, Lord. Hear my cry. Send help, God. Use me here, Lord, to bring glory to Your Kingdom through all of my brothers today. Your love is amazing. Come soon…
grace & peace,