Rejoice in the Lord… Again! – Philippians 4

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Rejoice in the Lord… Again!

“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9 NIV

When the Bible says something, we need to pay attention. When the Bible says it twice, we need to really pay attention. When the Bible says it repeatedly, we need to REALLY take notice!

Throughout the book of Philippians, Paul repeatedly directs the church to “rejoice.” Paul doesn’t repeat “rejoice” with the intention of telling the church to always have a good positive attitude. He invites them to “rejoice” not only for the sake of rejoicing, but because they could be confident that no matter what circumstances they faced, they could trust that God is in control.

If there was anyone in Paul’s day that had reason to be stressed out and filled with anxiety, Paul was the guy! To be “anxious” in Philippians 4:6 means to be “pulled in different directions.” Isn’t it true that our hopes in God and our fears and insecurities pull us in different directions? Paul repeats throughout Philippians to “rejoice.” In other words, he says, “let the peace of God guard your heart.” Too often we live our lives as if the verse says, “let your fears guard your heart.” “let your insecurities guard your heart.” We forget that the instruction actually says, “let the peace of God guard your heart.”

If we let the peace of God rule in our hearts and overcome worry and anxiety, we need to have:

1 – Relentless Prayer

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God…” Philippians 4:6

2 – Renewed Thinking

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

3 – Right Living

“9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.” Philippians 4:9

Then, the Scripture says, “And the God of peace will be with you.”

Holy Spirit rule in my heart. Let Your peace reside in me and direct my paths and attitudes. Today, I choose to rejoice. Amen.

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