Capture for yourself these powerful words that he writes in this chapter:
"Do not worry about anything, but with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"Rejoice in the Lord, always; again I will say, Rejoice."
Do you wonder how the apostle Paul could be so upbeat considering that he is writing this letter from prison? It is because he recognized the power of his faith in Christ. He was willing to trust Christ for everything; and thereby, he could find joy and peace.
In living in today's world and even in listening to the news on the radio or TV, there is enough to bring on anxiety. We must be focused enough to sift through all of this chatter and focus on all that Christ brings to us.
In preparation for Sunday's worship, I would invite you to reflect on these words from Philippians; and if you have the time, to read the entire chapter.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Are there situations in your life that are really troubling you and that you need to place in God's hands?
Do you have this sense of joy and peace in your life? If not, what might move you in this direction?