We can have a “CAN DO” attitude
For as long as I can remember I have carried a card in my wallet showing a skier on a mountain. The card has a Bible verse that reads: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!” (Philippians 4:13).
The Bible is full of that type of encouragement, and hope!
We need that Bible and what it proclaims to encourage us when we feel discouraged, to calm our anxieties, and move aside our worries!!
There are so, so many wonder-filled Bible verses for us to reflect on, pray over, write down, memorize and/or share with others. All of us have our favorites and The Book of Philippians (in the back third of your Bible) is one of mine!
Scholars understand the Apostle Paul to have written this book while in jail, no less! (As portrayed in the recent movie that was out “The Apostle Paul!”).
Whenever I need encouragement or support I will read Philippians and include these verses for you in our overly busy, anxious lives:
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident in all you do. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:4-7.
I used to have that very verse on a poster above my desk.
It brings much comfort, does it not?
Be gentle…..we could use that in being more gentle with ourselves!! The Lord is near, don’t be anxious.
Tell God what you need to say, pray what you need to pray, cry out if that makes you feel better, rage if you need to rage (God is big enough for your anger!!)
After that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ!
Allow your heart to be guarded today. God stands watch over us to fill us with hope, peace and the unconditional love we all crave. As if this wasn’t enough, Paul goes on in Philippians:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, right and pure, whatever is lovely and admirable, think about these things. Whatever is excellent and praise worthy –think about these things.” (Phil. 4: 8-9).
What are you thinking about today, friends?
Of course. Feeling overwhelmed, of course! Move those thoughts out of the way, and look around at the Lord who is near, who offers peace and all that is excellent and praiseworthy!! Real encouragement!
God Bless you,
Pastor Doug Givan