Philippians 4:6-9 (NKJV) 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. 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. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Do you remember how the disciples doubted the love of Jesus when they said to Jesus, “don’t you care that we are perishing?” (Matthew 8:25) even though Jesus had promised them that they were crossing to the other side? They said those words when they saw the wind and the waves, and the water was coming into the boat.
If God had gone to such extent to show forth His love for us by sending His only begotten Son to die for us, He will not allow His love to depart from us in any circumstances whether it is tribulation, trials, nakedness, needs, famines, sicknesses, or any form of danger. In fact, He has dealt with the sin issue by nailing Jesus on the cross, so that neither death nor life will be able to separate us because we will spend eternity with Him even though we will die. This must be our conviction in the face of any kind of danger or challenge in life, and this should be our meditation based on the Word so that we can keep the peace in our hearts and minds, thus allowing the Word to produce manifold in our lives.
The key to experiencing God’s peace in our lives is to meditate on His Word. Meditate on the truths that He is faithful and good and He has no favourites; if He has journeyed with the Israelites when they cried out to Him during their time of oppression and delivered and redeemed them, He will do the same for us, and nothing will separate you from God’s love and His eyes are on the righteous. These are good reports, true, pure, lovely and just. When we begin to meditate on these things and keep the Word that has been sown into our hearts, the devil won’t be able to steal anything from us using tribulation and persecution, and we will rest in God’s love, peace, and joy.
Sermon Series: Don’t Let It Be Stolen (Part 3)
腓立比书 4:6-9 应当一无挂虑，只要凡事藉着祷告、祈求，和感谢，将你们所要的告诉神。 神所赐、出人意外的平安必在基督耶稣里保守你们的心怀意念。弟兄们，我还有未尽的话：凡是真实的、可敬的、公义的、清洁的、可爱的、有美名的，若有什么德行，若有什么称赞，这些事你们都要思念。你们在我身上所学习的，所领受的，所听见的，所看见的，这些事你们都要去行，赐平安的神就必与你们同在。
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