“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4: 4-9
Obviously the book of Philippians is still very fresh on my mind. As I have read through it, I have found wisdom and life application for us today just as much as it was for those early believers in that Roman colony. It is a letter that we have, I’m sure, quoted on many occasions. Space doesn’t allow referencing them all, but as you read through this letter you’ll be reminded of all the nuggets of wisdom that can be mined for your own life. So for this article I’m referring to just one of many that could be used. Paul was sending them a reminder of what he had already given them in person. He encouraged those new believers to hold onto what is most important.
Our thought processes can quickly head toward things that will cause worry and anxiety, if we’re not careful to control our thoughts with God’s help. The process begins with our focusing on God as we continually pray. Pray without ceasing; never stop. Adore and honor God in your prayers! Give Him all the compliments that you can ever imagine and then realize that they still pale in comparison to what He deserves. The very fact that you’re alive is His gift to you. That you can read and discern the words in front of you is a gift from God. The electricity that gives you light to read is a gift God gave to mankind for good. Etc., Etc. Etc.! You can’t get away from the glory of God if you really think about it. So don’t give in to negative distractions. Fight the inclination to join in when gossip begins. Believe that everything that has breath was created to praise God, so don’t curse or slander those who God has created to bear His image.
So fix your thoughts on the One who brings truth, life abundant and the way to have peace that the world can’t give. Be an encourager and always see the opportunities to have joy and peace. God is so good all the time, and all the time God is so good!
“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.” Philippians 3:8-9a
In Christ’s Love,