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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is packed with words of joy and encouragement. Today, I’ll focus on versus 4 through 9 of chapter four. The “peace of God” that Paul refers to is not based on our earthly circumstances – the absence of conflict or trials. It is based on the Lord – “Rejoice in the Lord always” (verse 4). Paul advises that we turn our worries into prayers. If you find yourself worrying about something – STOP and pray! You will worry less, and pray more. In verse 7, he says that “with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God”. In verse 8, he tells us to meditate on all things that are true, just, pure, lovely, virtuous and praiseworthy. When you look at that list it is hard not to think about the truth that:
- Jesus died for your sins,
- Your eternal destiny is secure and
- God is in control of all things.
That is the peace Paul is referring to. “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you” (verse 9).
- Hank Funsch
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