Posts Tagged ‘philippians’

How many time has someone said to something like, “You wouldn’t know what it’s like to suffer, as you’re a Christian”? Just because we believe in God, doesn’t mean we are immune from facing problems or difficulties in our lives. In fact, we’re just the same as everyone else, we can experience hurt, bereavement, ill-health, depression, abuse etc.

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him ~ Philippians 1:29 (NIV)

Just because we’re Christians, doesn’t mean we’ll have an easy life where every relationship will be great, or our health will never fail us, or others won’t hurt us. But, because we believe in God, we are assured that we never have to face any problem on our own, because He will give us the strength to get through every difficulty we face.

“Don’t worry”, easy words to say, but ones that can be particularly difficult to put into action. Even when we believe God is with us through everything, those words, “Don’t worry”, can still be hard to accept.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Talk to God about it, tell Him how difficult you find it not to worry. He can ease your stress by calming your heart and mind and giving your inner peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 (The Passion Translation)

Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.

Life can be incredibly tough at times, because as the above bible verses say, we can be ‘pulled in different directions’, with many people expecting or wanting something from us.

Whenever I find myself getting stressed about life, I remind myself that God is with me, and then read these verses from Philippians again, as they reassure me that God will guide me through those difficulties.

So be strong, and stay faithful, because God is always faithful to you.

Have you ever wondered how God feels when we treat others the way he expects and wants us to? I guess he would feel just the same way we would when we see someone we know or love reaching out in kindness to another person.

In Philippians 2:1-2 (TPT) we find out how God feels:

Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy. So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.

Just as we would be filled with joy to see someone we know showing love and kindness to another person, so God would be filled with joy.

It’s great to know that things that even we do, make God happy isn’t it? So let’s not disappoint Him, let’s make sure we keep on trying to live in harmony with one another, showing love and kindness without question, or expecting anything in return.

We all have times when we feel as if we can’t do the tasks in front of us.

However God can help us face everything and anything that lies ahead – In Philippians 4:13 we read

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

So remember whenever you think you can’t do or can’t face something, turn to God, and he will give you the strength to face each day.

Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

I am focusing on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Sometimes it can be hard to forget things or situations that have happened in the past, especially if we’ve been physically or emotionally hurt. That’s why it makes complete sense that in Philippians we’re told to forget the past and simply focus on the future.

When you meet someone for the first time, we tell them our name, and if it’s a work situation, we’d probably give them our job title or our current role.

How about if I were to ask you, who you are in Christ? Do any of these describe you?

I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7)

It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20)

I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7)

I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13)

I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25)

I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7)

We need to know who we are in Christ so that we can live our life as God intended and fulfil our destiny.

Here’s a great description of who you we are in Christ:

Monday this week was my first day at work this year! So after a couple of weeks off, it’s been a bit of a shock to the system having to get up and into work early again – I’m not a morning person, never have been never will be, so getting up early is not my thing at all.

It’s been a bit strange now it’s half way through January, just saying happy new year to work colleagues this week, as the new year seems ages ago now.

At the start of a new year many make new year resolutions. How many of you made any resolutions? Are you still keeping all of them or have some already failed?

I do not usually make any new year resolutions as I found in the past that I set myself unrealistic goals or targets which I never achieve. This year was no different, but while I was off I found the words of the song In This Quiet Moment, which the our songsters used as the call to worship on Sunday, going through my mind much of time. The more this song went round in my head the more I realised I have been guilty of just fitting God in around my other activities:

In this quiet moment, still, before your throne,

Conscious of your presence, knowing I am known,

In this quiet moment, set my spirit free,

In this quiet moment, make a better me.

Maybe that’s the problem, I haven’t had “quiet moments” in God’s presence. We’re all so busy these days, rushing about from one thing to another, that our time with God can almost get lost in amongst our other activities.

Do we do that with our other relationships and other activities? Do we put aside specific time to spend with our family and friends, to practice any musical instruments we play, to work on our hobbies?

Just as we must take time to work on our relationships with one another if we want them to grow and last, we must work on our relationship with God.

In this quiet moment…

Just as it tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 (The message) our relationship with God will grow when we spend quiet time with Him no matter how we may be feeling by reading the bible and praying:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.

In this quiet moment…

So far this year, I have managed to stopped just “fitting God in” around other things, and have been able to set aside time each day for devotions.

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (Thessalonians 5:16-18 – The message)

How about you, are you just “fitting God in” to your busy schedule or are you fitting everything else around your time with God?

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.

We all get anxious about things sometimes, but what we do to overcome our fears determines how successful we are. If we take all our anxieties and all our problems to God, He has promised to give us peace. In other words He will calm your anxieties and help you through your problems.

What do you think prayer is? Well there’s a great description of what we should do when we pray in Philippians 4:6-7.

To pray is to let go and let God take over

Doesn’t that just sum up prayer in one short statement? God will take all our problems, all our worries, all our fears, and will help us work through them, we simply have to give them all to Him, just as it tells us to do in Give Him All The Pieces by Celebr8.