There's just SO MUCH in this chapter.
Paul is writing his friends & fellow believers in Philippi.
There's just so many towering truths he speaks in this short passage.
Here's a few that stand out to me...
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord.
I say it again—rejoice!
How many of us rejoice & how many of us are always whining & complaining?
5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
"...considerate in all you do."
That's not me. I am not considerate or kind or gentle with people.
They don't call me the Terminator for nuthin'...
6 Don't worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done.
you will experience God's peace,
which exceeds anything we can
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in
Verses 6 & 7 were the verses God gave me for 2005.
For a whole year This was the verse I held on to & tested over & over again.
I know from experience in that one year the immutable truth he writes here.
he says in verses 6 & & about the nature of our relationship
with God & interacting with Him are ABSOLUTELY & POSITIVELY true
if we put them into practice.
8 Fix your thoughts on
what is true,
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
The older I get, the more I realize that the stuff I think about when I'm alone, or still, or unengaged reflects the real me.
11b I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
know how to live on almost nothing or with everything.
I have learned
the secret of living in every situation,
whether it is with a full
stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
We are SO prissy & precious. We feel like we have to have everything we want when we want it, & we want it NOW!
We live in the richest nation in the world & are never content with what we have.
13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ, who gives me the strength I need.
One of the biggest statements of Paul about livin' the life in Jesus.
this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his
which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
We worry & fret (I worry & fret) about the day to day.
All the while, as Paul points out, God is taking care of me / us.
It's all about trust.