Message Summary: What we work towards in this life is a sense of peace and contentment through the example Jesus laid out for us. In Chapter 4, Paul gives us the tools we need to achieve this goal.
Worship + Prophecy
Philippians 4:4-7 tells us to be anxious for nothing because the Lord is near. Paul talks about rejoicing (worship) in the Lord and we will find peace (prophecy) because he is near and he is listening.
To worship is to rejoice and celebrate; to find something to be grateful for and seeing what God has done for you. Prophecy is speaking life and truth into yourself and those around you.
Request + Reinforce
Paul reminds us that we need to request to the Lord through prayer and thanksgiving, this will reinforce the love that God has for us in our lives.
When we are faced with tough times, we should practice worship, prophecy, and request as these are the things that remind us that the Lord is near, he hears our cries, and he guards our hearts.
Philippians 4:11-14 teaches about contentment. That through him we have strength to do all things. What this really means is that we can be steady through every situation we face because Christ Jesus gives us the strength we need.
Verse 14 shows us that we don’t have to be alone here on Earth and that it is good to have people around us to share in our troubles and to support us when we are in need.
- We guard things that are most important to us because they hold value and they are the things most likely to be attacked. What do you guard in your life?
- What does it mean for you to be content?
- People are always watching us as Christians and how we live our lives, especially through difficult seasons. Who do you think is watching you and how are you setting an example for them?
Philippians 4:4-7 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:11-14 – I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles