Philippians 4

Thanks for sharing your observations and insights on this chapter this month.
Philippians 4 is practical and positive. It’s the end of one of Paul’s letters to some dear friends. (The best stuff is always at the end of the letter, right?) By taking a smaller section, just 23 verses, we gave ourselves time to dig a little deeper than if we glanced at the chapter as it zipped by – “Oh-look!”

Philippians 4 (ESV)

1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. 2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


6 Replies to “Philippians 4”

  1. Phil

    I’m thinking today about the section that reads:
    …for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (copy/paste from above)

    Apparently contentment was something Paul learned. Me too. And he learned the secret of living at all levels – Christ’s strength not his own.
    I’m going to ponder that as go about my business today.

    Phil –

  2. Phil

    10:30 pm

    Was a good day – and I thought quite a bit today about Paul’s words qualifying his ability:

    I can – through Christ.
    That’s my only available option. Outside of Christ, life is too big for me.

    So when my plans abruptly changed about 7 pm, the words came rushing – You can – through Him. Calm prevailed more quickly than I expected it would. Love it when things work the way God wants them to!

    Phil =

  3. Darlene Biddle

    9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

    As I read through this the first time tonight, this was the verse that spoke to my heart.

    When we get those “interruptions” to our plans, we get frustrated with things, and on and on and on – – we are not putting into practice what Christ has taught us ~ or we would have God’s peace.

  4. Phil

    Sunday PM –

    God let me have a peek today at how He orchestrates the events of our lives to achieve His purposes. I’m convinced the reason He postponed an installation in North Carolina last week was so I could be in a certain church in New Jersey today. To hear a message He specifically needed me to hear. He used a historic family connection on my wife’s side to cause me to visit a specific church, Hawthorne Gospel Church, Hawthorne New Jersey where my wife’s parents worshiped and served decades ago. Dad H speaks highly of it all the time so I decided to attend since I’m installing a system just a few miles away.

    By the time church was over I had this sense that God sat down next to me today and quietly pointed out the next thing He has in mind to work on in my walk with Him.

    This verse wasn’t in the sermon (it was from the life of Joseph, late in Genesis) but it came to mind as I reflected on it this afternoon.

    7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    I’ve learned by now that the best thing to do is cooperate with God, so I’m eager to see the outcome. I’m at peace. And it’s nothing I’m doing, it’s His peace. It really is outside the realms of my understanding, you know that? And I like the fact that His peace is what guards our hearts. And our minds. The two have to work together or we’re unstable. At least I am.

    So thank you, Lord, for letting me see You at work in my life again today. Brenda and I smiled as I told her on the phone today what You did. “You’re pretty good!” 😀

  5. Phil

    Why is this concept so difficult to make the norm in life?

    6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    I pray continually – especially when something on an installation surprises us! I love seeing God at work my life and those around me.

    But that anxiousness – it comes back like an aggressive weed! I look up and here it is again.
    God knew I would need it as a directive:
    Do not be anxious.
    About anything.

    Here’s what you do instead: Pray about it all.

    Does that mean I need to let go of the things that concern me? Make me nervous? Steal my sleep? If I expect God to take it so He can do something with it, yes.

    Lord, I need a little help here, I think. Keep working with me on this one.

    Phil

  6. Darlene Biddle

    Phil –
    Thanks so much for the reminder to pray about it all.

    I know I too catch myself trying to “fix it myself” instead of giving it to God and letting Him take care of it.

    It always amazes me the difference in the results when I let Him take care of it too ! ! 🙂

    D.

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