INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Background to Philippians…
The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).
Some of the main divisions of the book include:
1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2
2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11
3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26
4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18
5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30
6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11
7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21
8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9
9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20
10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23
Php 4:6-7 – “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Be careful for nothing;
“Do not be anxious… not even for one thing”. Wow! Paul plainly tells us that, for the Christian, there is really no reason to worry about anything that may befall us. We serve the one and only living Lord over all. He controls all things and promises to watch over us and care for us no matter what may take place in our lives.
May we follow Peter’s wise words of instruction when he tells us…
1Pe 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
During our time of communion and bringing requests to the Lord, we are to take all the issues that we are facing and present them to Him. We are to bring the whole issue to the Lord, every aspect of it, our best understanding of it, and our desires for its resolution, to the Lord.
Psa 62:7-8 – “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds Christ Jesus.”
As we do this through faith in Him… the serenity that comes from God, which goes beyond all of our ability to comprehend, will secure our desires and thoughts. This wonderful work of God in our lives comes through the gracious intervention of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Joh 16:33 – “ These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Folks, our Lord is so good to us in so many ways. Not only has He secured the forgiveness of our sins and our release from its bondage, but He also promises to be with us every step of the way as we walk in this world which is filled with troubles and strife.
He has promised to us His everlasting peace that will persist even in the midst of our heartaches and trials, always leading and guiding us through them. May we all learn to trust in Him and give Him all our struggles realizing that they are all working in our lives for our good and His glory.
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