Don’t worry, pray instead
March 29th, 2020

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6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7 is one of the best places in the Bible to turn to when you find yourself worrying.

There’s nothing wrong with taking the precautions that you’re able to take. But it’s not out of fear and anxiety.

One of the main differences between being prudent and being anxious, is that since prudence is acting with care and thought for the future, it necessarily concerns things that we can do something about.

Children don’t worry as much, because they are provided for. Their parents provide what they need—food, clothing, shelter, love. As children of God we really don’t have to worry.

25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

the primary service that we can do for our society and our world, regardless of who we are, where we are, and whatever other things we can do is to pray. As Christians we are supposed to “pray without ceasing”, and to “devote ourselves to prayer”.

With supplication

So supplication means asking one who is greater than you—like asking a king to do something about your problem.

This is practical faith—Faith in Action. This is humbling yourself before God

Tell God your needs. No need is too great for God. God is bigger than any need. At the same time No need is too small for God. God is concerned about the small things like the birds of the air, if his eye is on the sparrow, you know he cares for you.

with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Prayer with thanksgiving is a powerful thing. In 1 Thess 5:16-18, Paul urged the Thessalonians to “rejoice continually, pray unceasingly, and give thanks in all circumstances.” These three things go together.

God already knows what you need. He wants you to learn to ask Him because it’s an opportunity to build your faith.

Keep on letting our requests be made known to God. Persevere in prayer.

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension

If we will do this, then we will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.

We can have peace in circumstances we have no earthly business having peace in.

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God’s peace is a guard on our heart, that it does not fail us from fear.

God’s peace is a guard on our mind, that we do not worry ourselves to death.

His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as we trust in Christ.

This peace was a great gift from Jesus who said in John 14:27

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Philippians 4:4-5 Rejoice, Be Gentle
March 22nd, 2020
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4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

Rejoice in the Lord Always, and again I say Rejoice!

Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times, regardless of what circumstances might come upon you.

Rejoicing in circumstances that we pray were otherwise is not about pretending the circumstances were better. 

It’s about knowing and appreciating fully the circumstances that you’re in, and rejoicing because you remember that you’re rejoicing in the LORD

And if we will obey, and keep on having joy in all circumstances, God will not only deliver us, but He will use that witness to deliver others as well. 

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.

Next, Paul encourages us to let our gentle spirit be evident

When Isaiah says in 42:3 “a bruised reed he shall not break” he is describing Jesus’ gentleness“the smoking flax or dimly burning wick, He will not extinguish”-Jesus encourages those who are dimly burning to burn brighter.

1 Peter 3:4  But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

We should all be dealing with each other with humility, gentleness and patience—showing tolerance for one another in love.  

It’s the strong that must learn to be gentle, not the weak.

to all men

When Paul says to all men, He is saying that we should practice this gentleness that he’s urging us to display to all men, believers and unbelievers as well.

We are to practice this gentleness to other believers

Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards said gentleness is “the Christian spirit.”

It’s easy to get frustrated with the things that people do.

Instead of telling them that they’re going to be judged, why not display Christ’s gentleness toward them, love them, minister to them? 

The lord is near

Paul could be reminding the Philippians that the Lord is  close to or present with the Philippians, in their struggle and a witness of their conduct

Paul is reminding the Philippians that the Lord is returning soon.

We should have a gentle spirit, submitting to injustice and persecutions without hatred or malice, trusting God, because it’s all momentary, light afflictions.  

Philippians 4:1-3 Therefore, stand firm.
March 15th, 2020

My beloved brethren, my beloved

Philippians is the most personal of all the epistles written by Paul. It is a love-letter to this body of believers.

whom I long to see

Paul is stuck in a Roman prison, and he longs to see his brothers and sisters in Christ.

my joy and crown.

Because Paul is ministering to the Philippians, his ministry to them are a part of his reward Since they have ministered to him, that ministry is a part of their crown

Therefore stand firm

The therefore links chapter 4 with what we’ve just been studying in chapter 3 and indeed all the way back to chapter 1.

Throughout the letter, Paul has been encouraging them to:

  1. Stand Firm
  2. Be United in one Spirit, as one person
  3. Rejoice in the Lord
  4. Contend for the faith of the gospel

By telling them to stand firm, Paul is encouraging them to keep standing firm, in Christ.

What WE CHOOSE to allow GOD to do within us to prepare us for the battle determines whether we either stand firm or run.

In spiritual battles, the battlefield is in our hearts and minds, and what’s being fought over is our own relationship with Jesus and our relationships with each other.

It is our willingness to fight those battles God’s way that determines victory.

We can’t help if there are spiritual attacks; but we can help our reaction to them by preparing.

2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord.

So we know from their names that these are two women. By the way, Euodia means “fine travelling” and Synteche means “an accident”.

As Christians we’re to have the mind of Christ.

Jesus chose to obey His Heavenly Father.

So what does He ask of us?

That we also humble ourselves. That we conform ourselves to the example of Jesus. That we also choose to obey our Heavenly Father. That we take up our cross and follow Jesus.

Paul calls out Euodia and Syntyche who’s arguments were disrupting the whole Church.

Euodia and Syntyche were Christians!

2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord.

It is no small thing to disrupt the harmony in a church.

Proverbs 3:12 says For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

Paul enlists help from one of the Philippian brethren to help them work out their problem.

Not only had Paul not taken their side in the argument, he didn’t even address it at all!

John 14:27 “27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Whatever the reason—it wasn’t worth disturbing the peace of the entire church.

It also wasn’t worth having their names associated with this argument forever.