Philippians 4:4-9 (MSG)
4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
We are given ongoing opportunities to put God’s Word to the test. Today, we live in unprecedented times and God is yet encouraging us to stand on and in His Word. His Word is Truth.
We have a huge opportunity to shine our lights in dark places of hopelessness, anxiety and fear. Why? We have the remedy to undeniable peace:
1. Pour out your raw concerns in prayer to the One who is Sovereign, Omnipotent; the One who stands at attention when His children cry and answers—El Elyon, the Most High God.
2. Make a Prayer Cocktail by adding to your prayer concerns one over-flowing cup each of PRAISE and THANKSGIVING.
3. Sit in the driver seat of your thought-life. Drive your thoughts to places that add value to you and those around you.
4. Walk in the gift of righteousness you’ve been given and the standard of holiness you’ve been taught. When we maintain a life of prayer, supplication and thanksgiving while leading our thoughts in the right direction, we can focus on harmonious relationships while convincing those without Christ that He is the only answer for the world. The end result is a life of divine peace.
Let’s Pray: Precious Father, Thank You for Your steadfast and constant love. We’re lost without it. We’re winners and over-comers because of it. You’ve lavished us with innumerable blessings for which we praise You. Father, cover, protect Your children everywhere. Continue to grant us Your unexplainable peace. It’s in the matchless name of Jesus the Christ! It is so!