The Power of Grace Ministries

April 24

Be anxious for nothing. Paul’s encouragement in Philippians 4:6-8 is the greatest guidance a Christian can understand while living here on earth.  

Philippians 4:6-9
“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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 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. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Here is another command in action.  We are not to be anxious for anything.  Paul then gives us the answer on how we can overcome this personality trait.  We are to take our needs and difficulties in life to the Lord through prayer.  A key point here is that going to God, just telling Him the problem is not prayer, it’s simply complaining.  Christians need to realize that God already knows their needs, (Matthew 6:24-34).  I am not saying we can never tell God what we are in need of.  In times of severe grief that may be the only thing we can say at first, but to continually plead, and beg, and ask is the same thing as saying I don’t trust you God in the first place.  Paul is telling us to let our request be filled with thanksgiving.  Our requests coupled with true thanksgiving, is the added faith needed to move in the spirit realm.  Remember we “Christians” have been given the keys of heaven to bind and loose, (Matthew 18:18).  If we have the faith of a mustard seed we can move the mountains in our life that are between us and our God given blessings. The only thing that will get in the way of our faith is doubt and unbelief (Matthew 17:20).  The best way to stay in thanksgiving, even during our trials and needs it to rejoice always.  That is why Paul wrote verses 4-7 in the order he did.  This is a powerful key needed in our walk as Christians that will unlock the power of God to move in our life. Nothing that happens to us here on earth is even close to the blessings of eternal life in the presence of God and Jesus that awaits us. 

Jesus said to take His yoke upon us, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:2930).  People misunderstand the term yoke.  It is not a type of prison stocks or shackles.  Oxen are yoked, coupled, together across their shoulders so that the two of them working together can get the same job done much easier and often faster.  Jesus told us that His desire is for us to take His yoke alongside of Him, the One who gave His life for us, the One that conquered death and the grave, the One who raised the dead, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and hearing to the deaf. Jesus is telling us His desire is to help us with our burdens while here on earth, “all of them”. 

As we grasp the awesome knowledge of God and His love for us coupled with the desire of Jesus to help us in this life, we begin to understand the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.  See the pattern for life here on earth?  If we rejoice always, purpose to let our gentleness be known to all men, be anxious for nothing, and trust in God to do what He said He will do for His children, as we tell Him of our thankfulness when telling Him our requests, “His peace” which surpasses all of our “natural” understanding will guard our hearts and minds through the blood of Jesus Christ.  He is our everything! 

Finally does not always mean after you have done everything else, or the last thing to do.  The word finally in verse 8 is used as an adjective, giving it the same meaning as saying above all else, or unalterable, not to be changed.  Paul is telling us that above all else, here is how we can live the life God wants for us.  We need to remember that we are spiritual beings trapped at the moment in a natural body.  This means that we cannot separate our spiritual lives into spiritual and secular.  There should not be any difference in our lives at church than they are at work, school, or recreation.  Here are eight principles of thought as relating to verse eight.  (1) Truth is truth and not situational as the world is trying to make it.  (2) Honest is genuine, honorable, and not characterized by deception.  (3) To be just is to have the right conduct in all circumstances, fact or deeds.  (4) Pure does not have any defilement in it (Jesus’ blood has made us pure).  (5) Things lovely are areas supported by charity.  Charity in the bible is the foundation of the second commandment, to love our neighbor as ourselves, (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-8).  (6) A good report is always going to be constructive and up lifting, never destructive of condemning.  (7) To have virtue is to have moral excellence, goodness, and right standing.  (8) Praise is the expression of esteem of one’s character and virtue.  Remember Paul is telling us where our thoughts should be instead of the problem at hand. 

Verse nine is not the statement of an arrogant man, but the statement of a man walking in wisdom.  Anyone walking in knowledge and understanding of Jesus should be able to say this. James 1:22, calls us to be doers of the word and not hearers only.  If the life you are living in the word has blessed you, then you need to tell people.  In telling others you will be strengthening yourself in your own walk with Christ.