“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, sufficient to overcome anxiety. 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
Since this verse begins with the word “and”, we are trying to study all that comes before it to understand all that this verse is adding onto with that word, “and”. While trying to read this chapter to get to that promise: God supplies all our needs.
We have learned: that we cannot put anything before God, more about how God views us and in that truth we can stand fast and be strong in faith, that agreement is a powerful tool which causes the power of God to work, that help is on the way and we should be helpers, that we should rejoice and be gentle, and that the Lord is at hand!
God suppling our needs is one of the promises of God we can stand fast on along with all of the encouragement and gems in this same passage – let us pick up on verse 6 of Philippians chapter 4, as we have studied up through verse 5 yesterday.
In such a time as this – as we navigate a pandemic (yes, that is still ongoing), as we navigate a lawless time, and as we are sending children back to school and people are heading back to work (I already have) and as things open up while we are still receiving media news saying things are uncertain and scary…. In such a time – I have provided many studies about fear. And how NOT to fear though the word of God. Yet many, instead, have just learned to adjust to the ever present fears and are developing anxiety. I suppose then, during this study, it is a blessing that we happen upon these next group of verses.
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
After learning how loved we are by God and validated and helped and and and… why are we still anxious? GOD, himself, understand us and knows He needs to be direct with this. All of His subtle reminders to put Him first and we miss it – and anxiety raises it’s self up – it glorifies it’s self against God. It sneaks in and becomes an idol people worship as they dwell on it and not on God! It forces us away from God. We let it separate us from God. OH Lord! Forbid it!!! Open our understanding that we can tear down this stronghold in our lives! Amen
This is a command – Do NOT be anxious.***
But what if it sneaks in? It is highly unlikely that it will sneak in if you are trusting God with everything – trusting by bringing it to Him in prayer and supplication. But if it does, it means you missed giving that thing or things that make you anxious to God – so bring it to him. Remember my troublesome week (6 part series called “I know whom I Believe”)? I admit, I was tempted to be anxious – my prayer partner reminded me to ask God for a verse and cling to it. Something I constantly remind others to do. We all need that reminder, all the time. There is always a verse! The verse God gave me reminded me that I had already given those things to God and I am persuaded He is able to keep them, protect them, and even bless them (2 Timothy 1:12). I thanked God for His faithfulness.
Paul says here to have thanks giving when you make your requests known. Let me tell you that thanks giving will be a natural response as you trust God with every area of your life. At this point I am tempted to jump ahead and remind you that a little bit further down in this same chapter is “God shall supply all your need”! Seriously, where is there room for anxiety when we combined the two verses? YET that is NOT how this is written! There is more between giving the anxious things to God and Him meeting our need. These things are our tools to fight anxiety.
Like verse 7 – “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”
Here Jesus replaces anxiety with peace. Peace that we cannot understand. Peace that has the ability to guard my heart! We think of peace as a passive thing – but we see here that peace is a mighty warrior! Don’t tell me that is a stretch – you have experienced the battle that rages for your heart and mind. You know it is a fierce battle! It is a battle I committed a whole week to studying and posted. You know it would take a mighty warrior to guard those vulnerable areas! Peace is that mighty warrior! Peace is not passive. It is not drugged out silly spinning happy delusions. Peace is an active warrior bringing sound stability and a firm steadfast stance into your mind and heart. Quite frankly, I do not want a drugged out hippy guarding my heart and mind – it could never stand the battle that rages there. Thank God for His providence in giving us a mighty warrior to do the job!
Put on the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness because that part is our job – we are also to give it all to God in prayer and then the great warrior Peace shall guard us!!!
Verse 6 is often quoted by itself. Which is nice but it is not meant to stand alone. Add verse 7 and it is still nice – but look how powerful it is within the context of all we have just studied and wait till you see what comes next!
Next comes another MIGHTY tool to fight anxiety. I think I have challenged every one of my friends (who are anxious) to memorize the next verse. Every time we feel anxious, give it to God in prayer and then redirect your mind (stop it from dwelling on the anxieties) by pulling this out and working on memorizing this next verse! I also suggest memorizing it in the King James Version because it has a nice rhythm, making it easier. (If it helps you to know, I have memorized it myself.)
Besides memorizing it – we should also try to understand it as a tool against anxiety.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV
As you can see, it is a nice long verse to work on memorizing. It will be ample distraction, that after you give your anxious thoughts to God, this task will truly redirect you mind. Besides the fact that memorizing it is actually the act of doing exactly what the verse is saying we should do – think on things that are NOT anxious! Think instead of these things because all GOOD things come from the Lord and these are all Good thing! Think on the Goodness of God! Think on the other verses and promises God has given us to stand fast on. Think about Philippians 4:1 – and how God views us. Think about verse 2 and how you can call a prayer partner to agree with against your anxiety. Think about verse 3 and helping others instead of sitting around paralyzed by your own anxious thoughts. Think about 4 and all the things we have to rejoice about and thank God for! Think about verse 5 and think about ways to show the world the Lord’s gentleness. Think about the great warrior called Peace coming to assist.
Referring back to my troublesome week – I asked God for a verse to stand fast on for the week and I meditated on it day and night. You all benefited from me studying it. I took Philippians 4:8 and practiced it by thinking on the word of God which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and a good report – the word of God is virtuous, and full of praise! I prevented anxiety by refocusing, because by grace God used my friend to give me a reminder – which brings us back to help, help each other! We cannot exist in this battle alone.
When God promises to meet our needs – He has already shown us He has, without even saying it! Look at how His provision is designing a way to overcome anxiety and fear. Look at how peace has a dynamic role in guarding us. Peace isn’t just some passive concept. God’s provision is all over this! God has already made a way!
Yes, like peace, we must also play an active role in our own lives – we are responsible to apply these lessons. A relationship is a two way street. God is doing His part, we must do our part. And He has clearly told us how to do our part.
“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 NKJV
Even Paul says we must do it – and he says a little prayerful blessing over them and us. Let’s pray that as well, together – over everyone who reads this blog and over ourselves: “God of peace will be with you” Amen!
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.
*** If your anxiety isn’t over one or two things – but a general anxiety disorder, God can still heal you. You just have more areas in your life that you need to give over to Him. The principles above will help you, as well. You need to lay it all down at the foot of the cross – expel it out of you and give it to God. Then ask God to fill you with peace and the Holy Spirit. As we empty ourselves, as for those spaces to be filled with the Holy Spirit and do not leave it empty – get more of God in you!
A lesson for another day – but you may have a curse or a demonic stronghold that requires deliverance. Go to you Pastor and the elders of the church and ask them to anoint you with oil and pray over you for deliverance while you commit each and every thing to God. Deliverance is a hard work, but the freedom on the other side is worth it. And it is the reason Jesus bled for us. Do not hesitate or let distractions or obstacles prevent you – God is saying: “go to your Pastor and elders and ask for a deliverance prayer”. He is ready and willing to release you and this is the method He prescribes in His word.
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