March 31st, 2020
"Be careful 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 passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus"
In this Scripture passage the apostle Paul is earnestly asking us to gather all our fears, struggles, and cares of this life and with thanksgiving, present them to God. Additionally, we are to walk away with a heavenly peace, no matter the circumstance, with thanksgiving within our hearts and minds.
Your concerns, your families concerns, your church’s concerns -physical, mental, spiritual – that you face every day-
Paul said to give all of them to God thru Christ Jesus
Sincerely pray and supplicate with complete thankfulness
With your mind and heart rest completely in the peace of God.
The aged apostle is simply saying, as a child flees to his fathers arms for peace, safety and strength, so are we to flee to the heavenly Father and lay the burdens of life completely on Him. Then with our hand within His, face those burdens with a newfound peace and unspeakable joy.
How? “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Phil 4:7
Whose peace shall comfort and sustain me? God’s
Who shall keep my heart and mind from worry and heartache? God.
Why will God do this for me? Because of the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.
You are His child. Run to Him. Confess your worry to Him. Rest, with thankfulness, in the peace and joy that God has already placed within you.
Beloved, God knows the battles we face; He understands the fears and worries that attack our mind; Give them, all of them, to Him.
Jesus said to “Cast your cares upon me for I care for you”
Study Philippians 4:4-8 and think of ways you can apply these verses to your situation today.
What should our attitude be during these times of uncertainty?
What should we be focused on above all else?
Where does our strength and help lie?
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Pastor Rudy Oakes