Have you ever read a scripture and it take on a whole new meaning? I mean a scripture like one you have heard your whole life and even have memorized? I love when the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to a deeper meaning of the text and your heart begins to fully understand what the text means. This week Philippians 4: 4-9 took on a whole new meaning for me.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.The Lord is at hand;do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I have specifically encouraged brothers and sisters with this very verse, this week, but have not put it into practice myself. Instead of allowing the peace that I have in Christ, cover my fears, anxieties, confusions, and doubts, I begin to look within and to others to find the peace and answers to everything I think I deserve. Instead of setting my mind to the things above and putting what I have heard my whole life into practice, I run away in difficult times.
BUT not this time. I will practice the truth of the Word, I will trust the Lord and His faithfulness, and unchanging character, even when things are constantly changing around me. In Him I have fullness of life, and when I set my mind to what is excellent and worthy of praise, and practice out my words and faith, ‘the God of Peace will be with me.’
He is Good and what He does is ALWAYS Good.