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Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV): 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.
Rejoice is a word used often in Philippians. The Philippians are admonished to rejoice in spite of difficulties they are facing. This admonishment is given also to you and me. The use of this word here reminds me of the song that was sung often when I was growing up. It starts out, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” Listen to it here.
This brief passage also speaks of trust. We are told not to be anxious about anything. In other words, don’t worry. No matter what the situation, let’s not allow the “what if’s” to dampen our faith. Jesus is in control. I can trust Him. The other word that jumps out at me is the word: “Peace.” That word is also part of the song above, and is said to be “down in my heart.” It is good to know that peace is mine and yours because Jesus puts His peace in our hearts.
Joy, trust, peace are all part of the promise God gives in this passage.
Are these real in your life? If not, they can be. Believe God’s promises. Have faith, and don’t allow anything to rob you of what God makes available to you.
Prayer: Lord, Help me to allow the peace of God to rule in my life and heart. Help me to trust you fully, and help me not to worry. Then I will have an occasion to rejoice.