“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NKJV
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your grace which you have continually wrapped us in. Thank for your providence and blessing. Please open our eyes to see you and our ears to hear from you. Wake us up, and please open our understanding. In the name of Jesus – Amen
This verse begins with the word “and” so we are trying to study all that comes before it to understand all that this verse is adding onto with that word, “and”. Yesterday we tried to begin at the beginning of the chapter but instead we began to explore why the chapter starts with the word “therefore” – what is it there for?
“Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.” Phil 4:1 NKJV
So we took a look at the end of Chapter 3 and set our priorities straight. We learned that self-examination and ensuring God is first in our life was what the therefore was there for.
We are citizens of heaven, therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown – stand fast in the Lord!!
We have put God first in our lives, therefore stand fast in the Lord!
We have put away the things that distract us, put away the things that hinder us, put away the things that rise up and try to take the place of God in our lives – therefore stand fast in the Lord!!! Who is giving this an AMEN?!?! Glory!
Wait – this verse gets even better!!! I bet you have blown past it a million times and missed all the nuggets of encouragement. Yesterday we saw how the Bible set up Paul as an example of being a Christian. Here in this verse we see Paul’s heart and the love of Christ pouring through him to the members of the church. If we are to apply basic reasoning to this concept of Christ’s love flowing through Paul we see a glimpse of how much Christ loves us! Paul is an example of Christ – Jesus loves us.
And Crown – We are that show piece, not just the magnificent gem in the center of it, but we are the entire crown that God loves to put on display. He loves us so much He wants all of creation to see! A crown is a symbol of glory – we are created to glorify God. Not just glorify, but become His glory.
We are called beloved – Christ longs for us (to be right with Him and to bring us to heaven as His bride) – we are His joy!!! He looks at us and is full of joy! Joy! (I am sure sometimes he is sad with me – and sometimes He outright laughs at me) but more than my child brings me joy, we bring joy to our Father in heaven and to Jesus His son.
Therefore Children of God, His beloved and longed-for… Therefore those who are the joy of the Father and His prized crown… Therefore those who have entered into the covenant of the cross and belong to God… therefore, stand fast. Stand fast because you know in whom you believe. Stand fast because you know how God sees you and you know who you are to our Father God. We could stay on this verse all day! Hallelujah!! Am I the only one shouting praises – clapping for my Lord?!! Amen?!
Beloved, stand fast because He shall supply all our needs!!! Let’s continue through this chapter or we will never get to that.
“I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” Philippians 4:2 NKJV
This is another verse that is often read quickly and overlooked, but not today. You have all heard me explain the importance of having a prayer partner – it can be your spouse or your friend. You can have more than one. But, make sure you are both “of the same mind in the Lord”.
I have also talked at length about searching the scriptures for the verse that goes with your situation or your prayer – and I have emphasized that the Bible is full of blessings and promises and that praying the Word of God is praying the will of God, and then guaranteeing a great big “yes” in response to your prayers. But let me talk about another reason I always ask “what is the verse?” for the prayer or situation. It is because when I am speaking with my prayer partner and she says pray for so-n-so for healing, I may think: ‘well, that is easily treated with modern medicine and so she should just see a doctor’. Then, if I pray with my prayer partner for it (and obviously I am not in agreement) I have robbed the prayer of all its power and taken the glory away from God. Such a grievous sin!!! Instead – pull out a verse on healing (the Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it!) and stand fast (Oh, sweet child of the Almighty God – STAND and don’t be moved) and put aside personal opinion. My God is doing a new thing! My God is doing an amazing thing! My God is doing a solid, good thing and nothing shall stop Him – God forbid it is me elevating my own opinions over the potential for God to get the glory! Are you following this?!
You see, there is a principal at work here – there is a reason God is so focused on us having a right relationship with Him and with others. Because there is a power in agreeing – in being of the same mind!
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 NKJV
Agreement, being of one mind in the Lord (this is where that “what is the verse?” comes in – we are ‘same mind in the Lord’ if we are standing firm in His promises), this has the power to make Jesus, Himself, come and join. This is a spiritual law that cannot be broken. If he was in the shower (do they have showers in heaven?) Jesus cannot say, hold on a minute, I’m busy. Nope – God set up this law and it must be fulfilled. Agreement – one mind – forces Jesus to come. And NOT only to come and be there – but to ensure “it will be done for them”. I did not say it – Jesus himself said it. It is written, therefore I believe it. There is power in agreement, because whenever Jesus is there, miracles happen!!
So let’s read it again and make it personal:
“[Insert prayer partner’s name] and [insert your own name], be of the same mind in the Lord.” Philippians 4:2 The Personalized Version (the personalized version of the Bible is not in print and does not exist – it is solely up to us to personalize the scriptures and apply it to our lives).
While trying to read this chapter to get to the promise of God suppling all our needs – we have learned that we cannot put anything before God. We learned more about how God views us and in that truth we can stand fast and be strong in faith. We have learned that agreement is a powerful tool which causes the power of God to work! God suppling our needs is one of the promises of God we can stand fast on when we put God first, know who we are in God’s eyes and agree in prayer.
Having a relationship with the almighty is overflowing with grace and promises. I cannot understand why or how I once tried to do it another way. In such a time as this, everyone needs the grace to get through and a promise of being a citizen of heaven in order to have peace and power to live in this world.
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
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