LETTERS TO THE CHURCHES - Philippians
Read Philippians 4
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV
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In this chapter, Paul is encouraging two women of the church to “agree with each other in the Lord.” He asks the rest of the church to help them, because they have been helpful co-workers in the past. This church, more than any others, was faithful to support Paul when he was in Thessalonica. He writes, “You sent me aid again and again when I was in need.” Philippians 4:16 NIV
Paul encourages the Philippians and us to face life and all of its stresses with a spirit of rejoicing and thanksgiving. If we do this he says, “... the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (4:7) It is natural to become disgruntled and easily offended when we face difficulties. Anger and frustration can turn into fear and anxiety if we don’t take it to the Lord in prayer.
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Lord, help me to be willing to stop and pray when I am anxious or fearful. I know that You are always aware of what is happening and you have a purpose in it all. Help me to be an encouragement to others who may be experiencing a difficult time, especially fellow believers.
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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 NKJV