Daily Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (New International Version 1984)

This beautiful passage of scripture is so full of hope and encouragement. What precious words these are! It saddens me that this very same passage has often been used by people who profess to follow Christ to justify selfishness and greed.

When we read God's Word, we must approach it prayerfully. We must ask God to open up our understanding. We must carefully consider what it is saying... and what it is not. Far too often our eyes will light on a few words, we string them together into something that sounds good to us and then we run with it. We ignore the preceeding verses and chapters. We refuse to hold up our interpretation to what God has previously said. We fail or even refuse to take into consideration the speaker, the setting or the context. In other words we fail to do what I taught seven and eight year olds to do when I was teaching them how to be "good readers".

The text is taken from the Book of Philippians and is a letter from the Apostle Paul to the Christians at Philippi which is located in Macedonia. In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul reveals to us that the churches in Macedonia were enduring much trouble, hard times and were in deep poverty. They were also exceedingly generous with what little they did have and had received public recognition for their love, generosity, faith and commitment to God.Paul himself was a prisoner.

If the popular message that following Christ means you will have a life of ease and material abundance is true than Paul and the Christians at Philippi must not have been true, obedient followers of Christ. Hmm... something does not seem quite right. think.gif If we believe what God's Word says about the Apostle Paul, the believers at Philippi and indeed others in the Early Church, then the above premise (the popular message) must be false. So what is this passage really saying?

Knowing the challenges faced by the Christians at Phillippi, Paul seeks to encourage them. He tells them not to worry and fret about their situation. Instead, carry their needs to God and trust that He will care for them. What a blessing it is to know that God will provide what we need when we need it!

When I read this passage of scripture this morning, I touched a large bill sitting on my desk which I must pay by the end of the week. The problem is, I do not have enough money to pay this bill. It is easy to be tempted to plot and plan how to do it. Perhaps I could say that someone else must wait so I could pay this bill instead. Perhaps I could borrow money even though I am on a tight budget and really cannot afford an additional monthly payment. Perhaps I could simply ignore it for now and try to save up the money paying thus incurring additional fees which would make it even harder to pay off orperhaps I could stop paying my tithes, stop giving as God has instructed me to give and use that money to pay this bill instead.

Yes, I could do any of the above but instead I am going to do something else. I am going to my Father. I know that this bill is not due to foolish spending on my part. I know that despite the fact that my husband and I suffered an income loss last year of nearly $30,000.00, God has faithfully provided what we need, when we need it. He will continue to do so as long as we are obedient and do not get in there and try to "fix" things which really only messes things up.rolleyes.gif

Do you have a need in your life? Don't fall into the trap of telling God how you think He should fix it. Instead, carry your need to Him, step back and leave it for Him to take care of. Then and only then you will see what God will do and you will come to truly understand, He is your provider and your deliverer.

Blessings!

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Sarah Vm @godissogood ·

Thank you for this blog.
When I think about the book of Philippians I think of how Paul, writing these letters, was in prison, chained to a guard, with no comforts - nothing!
Yet look at how often he rejoices in God's name! Instead of grumbling about his own sorry state, he is writing words of encouragement for others.
The words "as do you, K" are resonating in my head. You are amazing, in a similar way to Paul.
Blessings, I will be praying for you.
Sarah

Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

[quote]We ignore the preceeding verses and chapters. We refuse to hold up our interpretation to what God has previously said. We fail or even refuse to take into consideration the speaker, the setting or the context. In other words we fail to do what I taught seven and eight year olds to do when I was teaching them how to be "good readers".[/quote]
[quote]The text is taken from the Book of Philippians and is a letter from the Apostle Paul to the Christians at Philippi which is located in Macedonia. In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul reveals to us that the churches in Macedonia were enduring much trouble, hard times and were in deep poverty. They were also exceedingly generous with what little they did have and had received public recognition for their love, generosity, faith and commitment to God.Paul himself was a prisoner.[/quote]
Excellent blog, K :princess:, I especially like the above quotes. What a needful thing it is -- as you've written -- to consider "the speaker, the setting or the context"... before attempting to interpret the word of God. This is a great lesson that many of us have learned from ChristianBlog writers like you and the many others on here who do tremendous research and seek His guidance so as to align their content with "what God has previously said."

Blessings always

John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

[quote]Do you have a need in your life? Don't fall into the trap of telling God how you think He should fix it. Instead, carry your need to Him, step back and leave it for Him to take care of. [/quote]

I pray that this sentence will bring forth much fruit for Gods word always accomplishes its goal; for this truth is so profound that it is like a pearl of great price that Jesus spoke of. Not only have you written this truth, but you are living this truth which is far more important for you will hear from Jesus himself; well done good and faithful servant.
K :princess: you are an inspiration to all the CB family and my prayer is that God will hold you upright as you stand in the full armour of God. For the glory of God is about to fall on all who follow your inspirational blogs. :dance:

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