Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great day. These past few weeks I have been studying the book of Philippians. It’s been a brief study but a good one for sure. This week, I would like to take a look at chapter four, to conclude our studies.
 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer  I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.  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.  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  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.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. God’s Provision  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.  Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  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.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.  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.  Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.  Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.  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.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Final Greetings  Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you.  All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Philippians 4 ESV)
Verse 1: Stand Firm in The Lord
The first thing I want to look at today is in verse one. Paul says to stand firm in the Lord. Paul is encouraging Christians to stand firm in the Lord, to stay strong in the faith. He doesn’t want us to give up, or quit following Christ. Keep living for Him and seek to obey His word.
Verses 4-7: Rejoice in The Lord Always
In verses 4-7 we see Paul writing, saying: Rejoice always, do not worry about anything. But spend time in prayer with God, giving thanks to Him. I encourage you to take some time today, and give thanks to God for something, it can be anything. Your family, job, house, food, or even the ability to read and study His word. Whatever it is, I hope you are able to think of something for which you can give God thanks.
Verse 8: Think About Things Pleasing to God
Whatever is good, acceptable, honorable, true, pure, commendable, excellent, just, lovely. Think about these things, don’t fix your mind on sinful or corrupt things. Focus your mind on Christ and the things of Him, you won’t grow in Christ by constantly thinking of corrupt and evil things. Dwell on the things of the Lord, and seek to honor Him with your thoughts.
Verse 9: Practice What You Read In The Bible
I wrote a brief blog post awhile back based entirely off this verse, I think you’ll find that helpful. If you’d like to read it you can find it here.
Verse 13: You Can Do All Things Only Through Christ
This verse is a favorite among many Christians, I think because it reminds them that they can do great things. Only with Christ’ strength we can do great things, and we must remember its nothing of our own doing but only because of what Christ is doing in us.
Verse 19: God Will Supply Every Need Of Ours
God will supply every need of ours. We can trust God knowing that He will provide for our needs. It’s important to keep needs and wants straight, it is easy to think God isn’t providing for a certain thing, when it could easily be something we don’t necessarily need but something that we want. Trust God, He will provide. Pray and ask Him and He will provide all that you need.
Verse 20: To God Be The Glory
As Paul finishes his letter to the Philippians, He reminds them, to God be the glory forever. That’s a really good reminder for all of us, humans are quick to take praise from other people, and bring themselves glory. But God created us for His glory and that’s what we must seek to do. To God be the glory!
Thank you for reading, Have a great week!
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