You Can Stand Strong In Your Life

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Philippians 4:1 ~ Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and yearn to see, my delight and crown (wreath of victory), thus stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. (Amplified Bible version)

Wouldn't you prefer a life that is strong and not weak? A life that is sold and not soft? Yes, we all want to have that. We cannot control the circumstances that happen around us. The tsunami that happened in Japan with the vast devastation it left behind and the countless people who lost their lives as a result. The tornado that took place in Joplin, Missouri that ripped through a once thriving and lively town only to level homes and businesses to rubble. The unstable economy that is worldwide and the uncertainty of knowing what the future holds. Amid these and numerous other events that take place in our lives, there are those we can protect.

Three Areas That Can Be Protected

  • Relationships
  • Attitudes
  • Your Mind

Let's take a look at all three of these and how we can guard and protect them. The first one is: relationships. God wants you to protect your relationships. Paul in the book of Philippians called out two Christians for openly disagreeing with each other.

Philippians 4:2 ~ I entreat and advice Euodia and I entreat and advise Syntyche to agree and to work in harmony in the Lord. (Amplified Bible version)

Euodia and Syntyche were disagreeing. It's not only women who disagree but men disagree as well. Paul pleaded with them to be of the same mind, spirit and purpose. They needed help from a third part to mediate and help them to reconcile themselves to each other. God wants us to guard and to work out our relationships. God does not want us to be "doormats" just for the sake of being a "doormat" in a relationship. God will guard your relationships when you ask Him for help in this area.

Philippians 4:3 ~ And I exhort you too, [my] genuine yokefellow, help these [two women to keep on co-operating], for they have toiled along with me in [the spreading of] the good news (the Gospel), as have Clement and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the Book of Life. (Amplified Bible version)

Things to think about:

  • If you are separated from another Christian because of a disagreement, please try to be reconciled with them.
  • Please pray about broken relationships and ask God to help make a way where there seems to be no way.
  • Make sure that you hold no bitterness and that you have forgiven everyone that you have a struggle with.
  • When others are not ready for reconciliation, please don't hold anything against them, talk about them or turn your back on them when passing by.
  • Seek to live at peace with everyone. There is a difference between turning the other cheek and being a door mat.


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The second one we will look at is: attitudes. You are responsible for your attitude. When our attitude stinks others can tell. May God help us to realize when it stinks ~ there's something rotten in Denmark. When we indulge in our selfishness then we are out of control. May God help us in this area of our life.

Philippians 4:4 ~ Rejoice in the Lord always ~ delight, gladden yourselves in Him again I say, Rejoice! (Amplified Bible version)

Paul called the Philippians to be reasonable with each other.

Philippians 4:5 ~ Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness ~ your considerateness, your forbearing spirit. The Lord is near ~ He is coming soon. (Amplified Bible version)

Paul called the Philippians to be reasonable with each other. They needed to turn from their anxious thoughts.

Philippians 4:6 ~ Do not fret or have an anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God. (Amplified Bible version)

They needed to be thankful. Paul called the Philippians to receive the peace of God.

Philippians 4:7 ~ And God's peace [be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its early lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Amplified Bible version)

Things to think about:

  • God wants us to brink Him our requests for physical, material and spiritual needs.
  • We must be careful because anxiety and worry will harm our life.
  • Please express thanks to your family and friends on a daily basis.
  • Please learn to thank God for all things.
  • God wants to guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.


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The third area we will look at is: your mind. Your mind is a battlefield that needs to be guarded and protected. Thoughts can creep in that aren't good and if we ponder them and dwell on them, it could lead to results we will regret later on. Paul called the Philippians to think of Godly things.

Philippians 4:8 ~ For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things ~ fix your minds on them. (Amplified Bible version)

Paul called the Philippian Christians to live a Godly lifestyle.

Philippians 4:9 ~ Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace ~ of untroubled, undisturbed well-being ~ will be with you. (Amplified Bible version)

Things to think about:

  • Let's make the moral choice to think on good things and win the battle for our mind.
  • Let's set our spiritual sails to catch the wind of the Holy Spirit and experience His revival.
  • What relationship in your life is in need of help from God?
  • What attitude of your heart is in need of God's peace?
  • What area of your mind is in need of God's strength?

Even though the economy of this world is in trouble and seems to be going down the tubes, God will provide for your every need if you trust in Him. God wants us to advance and move forward and not go backwards. The Holy Spirit points us toward Jesus Christ.

Catch the wind like as a sailboat and let the wind of the Holy Spirit get in the sails of your boat as you sail through life. Let His wind guide your sailboat. Let Him be the Captain and you be a shipmate. Allow Him to steer your boat as He sees fit.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello Field Of Flowers. This is an encouraging Hub. I like so much in here. We can indeed have a strong and fulfilled life as God directs our path. And the alert to people who engage in disagreements is right on target. That seems to be a real issue these days. An all around lovely Hub.


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Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Hi Hyphenbird thank you for your wonderful comments. Glad you enjoy it!

Have a great day and God bless! :-)


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Field-OF-Flowers! This hub is encouraging AND exceptional! The three areas mentioned, I find, are the hardest for people to control. Thank you so much for providing spiritual guidance to assist. Voted up, up and away!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Field of Flowers: Many thanks for sharing these insights with me and revealing God's unfathomable knowledge and grace.


JadedLove 5 years ago

I am not one to say harm and I hope it doesn't come out that way. I agree with Hyphenbird in being lovely. Faith can be so misleading at times. Strong together but weak as one is something I don't agree with but I am finding that many do. Your passion is beautiful and so is your heart. Blessings your way.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Like Hyph said, very encouraging, with some wonderful instruction!

I especially love the sections on our minds being a battlefield, and thoughts we dwell on that are negative can produce drastically negative results.

Looking to the light of Christ seems to have always been the best direction to keep my eyes in!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I really enjoyed this hub and the way you explained your points backed by appropriate scriptures. This is very well written. God Bless.


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Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Thank you to Dexter Yarbrough, Dave Mathews, JadedLove, femmeflashpoint and Pamela99 for all of your encouraging comments! My heart is filled with happiness knowing that this is a blessing to those who read it. I'm honored...and humbled... with all of your kind words. May God richly bless you all! :-)


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Nice hub Field-Of-Flowers:) Good layout, pictures went well with your writing! Appreciate another good read:) Keep looking up!


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Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Thank you heart4theword for your appreciation of my writings! It's nice to know I'm touching the lives of others. I'm smiling at your comment!

Have a great day and God bless! :-)


His daughter 5 years ago

Two Scriptures came to mind as I read your Hub:

Psalm 133:1-3 (NKJV)

1 A song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.

3 It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-- Life forevermore.

and "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him."

God bless for the reminders.


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Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Hi His daughter thank you for stopping by and commenting! Psalm 133:1~3 are great verses to go along with this hub. Unity among Christians is a beautiful thing...as the dew on the majestic mountains of Zion. I'm picturing in my mind a gorgeous sunrise/sunset as a backdrop of the mountains. A breathtaking sight! May we all strive to get along in harmony with one another.

Have a great day and God bless! :-)


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jfay2011 5 years ago

beautiful hub. The mind can very often be a battlefield.


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Field-Of-Flowers 4 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Hi jfay2011 I'm glad you enjoy it! The mind can very often be a battlefield...I can't agree more. It all starts in the mind. It's what we do with our thoughts that make the difference in the end. Thanks for commenting!

Have a great day and God bless! :-)

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