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You Can Stand Strong In Your Life
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
- 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.
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.
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.