DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 4:6-7

We are still in the last chapter of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7(NLT)
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.

What stands out in those verses?

I think it’s the words “DON’T WORRY, PRAY, TELL GOD and THANK HIM”.
Present your requests to God, give thanks to God and pray about everything. Here is a quote from author unknown that we should be: “anxious in nothing, prayerful in everything, thankful for anything”.*

Well, sounds pretty straight forward but “do I still worry?” Yes!

Do you worry?

Our human nature is always present, and Satan uses every little opportunity to drag us away from our peace.

Let me just jump ahead to Philippians 4:13:

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Verse 7 confirms that when we lay everything, yes, everything at the feet of the Lord in prayer then we 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.

Isn’t this awesome? Trust in the Lord, pray, wait upon the Lord, and don’t worry because God is in control, all the time! When we look back upon our life we realise that God has come through for us time again and again. May we never forget!

How about you? Do you worry?
Do you pray about everything?
Feel free to leave me a comment; I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

*quote found in “The Believer’s Bible Commentary” by William MacDonald

May our hearts rejoice in the Lord always!

I hope this post is an encouragement to you in your walk with the Lord.

Philippians 1:9-11 (NKJV)
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

To God be the Glory!

Next week we will continue in chapter 4 of Philippians with verse 8.

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