Today, I want to share a Scripture that I’ve been meditating on. No; I’m not a Pastor. I just want to bless someone with God’s word.
The Scripture is Philippians 4:6-8 and it says:
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 reality and meaning of this Scripture began make sense to me while I was reading one of Kenneth Hagin’s books (I’ve made it a goal to read all his books on the topic of faith). You see, I’m a natural ‘worrier’. I can worry about the slightest of things; sometimes insignificant things. But you know what I found out; my worrying never made anything better. It never solved the problem. Then when God sees me through that particular problem, I would begin to wonder why I was worrying in the first place.
Worry is a bad thing. It prevents us from having what God wants us to have. Phil 4:6 says we should be anxious for nothing. The Amplified version puts it in simpler terms: ‘Do not fret or have anxiety about anything’. I know it’s not easy not to have anxiety when your rent is due tomorrow and you don’t have the money neither do you have any idea where the money is going to come from. I’ve been there. Yet, it is still important for you not to be anxious. What I have come to discover is that God always makes a way. It might not be the way we are expecting but He makes a way nonetheless. There was a time I was about to be rendered homeless. My house rent was due but I had no money to renew my contract or get a new place. Many nights I cried without ceasing, wondering what my fate would be. I kept praying for money to suddenly appear but it didn’t. Instead, God sent someone who accommodated me free of charge for almost six months. Afterwards, money came for me to rent my own place. This has happened to me two times now! God took care of everything.
When you worry and cry, you are only harming yourself. Instead, stay calm and make your requests known to God. He sees your situation and knows what you need. Sometimes, we are not ready for what we are asking for so it may look like God is not answering us. But you know what I like about leaving everything in the Hands of God? He gives us peace. When we do what Phil 4:6 says, it is then that the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds. Have you ever felt this kind of peace? It is the stillness you have on your inside when the storms of life are raging on the outside. You look at your bank account and you see N2000 but you know that God is your provider and you don’t panic. Many people like to quote Phil 4:7 without doing what it says in the previous verse. Both verses are linked. Don’t fret, make your requests known to God and you will have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.
Finally the last verse tells us the kind of things to meditate on once we have this peace of God. You see, the devil doesn’t want you to have peace so he puts suggestive thoughts into your mind. ‘What if money doesn’t come’, ‘what if you never have children’ etc. Rebuke such thoughts. Only think of things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report and are praiseworthy. So when you look at your bank account, don’t think of all the debts that you owe. Instead, think of your God who is able to supply all your needs. I will say here that you need to build up your reservoir of Scriptures to help you in those down times. Meditate on these Scriptures and confess them when negative thoughts come to your mind.
As you do this, watch God play His part. One of my best Scriptures in the Bible is ‘Be still and know that I am God’. What God is telling us is that we should relax and watch Him do His thing. Praise God!
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