Jan. 29, 2022
4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
18But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
20Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
22All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.
23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.)
I’m very late today. I actually had a remarkable eight hours sleep which right away put me behind, but then I had a Zoom meeting that lasted from 10 a.m. til 12:30 p.m. – totally unexpected it would last that long. By then I was hungry and … you know how it goes. But I’m here now and I’m happy to be sharing these verses. They are so rich in truth and such good guidance, it’s difficult to pick one thing to reflect on.
This reminds me of Morning and Evening Prayer: “6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Never forget the ‘thanksgiving’ part; if someone does something for us in a moment when we needed help, we’d be generous with our gratitude. Jesus gave Himself to the cross for us, opened heaven for us, led us – as only He can – to the Father. How do we say thank you for that? It’s so huge, it’s so ageless, so encompassing, how do we say thank you? By saying thank you – of course – but also by being constant in our devotions, our church attendance, our Bible studies. Keeping Him first and foremost in our minds and hearts.
And, of course, this is a favorite of most folks; “13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I even have a t-shirt that states the same thing; a handy reminder for both the wearer and the viewer.
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A heart felt message.
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It really is.
Verse 7, burned into my noddle.
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This from Evening Prayer – a gentle reminder: A Collect for Peace.
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.