Text: Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)
6) Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7) And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
16) Rejoice always! 17) Pray constantly. 18) Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (HCSB)
Intro: Thanksgiving is a blessing, has God blessed you! And if so have you thanked Him? Last year my message focused “a reason to be thankful” the year before that it was “It’s a way of life”. This topic, this holiday should be rapped around the understanding of a peace that God gives and when you acquire this peace you are thankful. So let me ask again are you thankful?
Application: In everything through prayer give thanks!
Thanks: Greek - eucharistia
1. Don’t Worry: “Don’t worry about anything!”
So what does that really mean? Anything! First thought that comes to my mind is – get Him out of a box. Two words that are mention almost right next to each other anything and everything. I think that covers it! So why worry when God has it covered?
Believers are not to worry or fret about a single thing that’s why I keep referring to the box. The scriptures say nothing not even one thing! The Philippian church had every reason to worry and be anxious. They were suffering severe persecution; they were facing a disturbance in the church, some disunity and quarreling. They had some carnal members within their fellowship, some members who were prideful, super-spiritual, and self-centered. They were facing some false teachers who had joined their fellowship, and the teachers were fierce in attacking the cross of Christ. Some of the believers were having to struggle for the necessities of life food, clothing, and shelter. They were facing about every trial and temptation imaginable, the kind of trouble that arouses anxiety and worry.
There is an answer to worry and anxiety, a supernatural answer: the peace of God. God will enable the believer to conquer worry and anxiety. God will overcome the trials of life for the believer, no matter how terrible and pressuring they may be. God will infuse the believer with peace - with the very peace of God Himself - a peace so great and so wonderful that it carries the believer right through the trial. Of course, this does not mean the believer is not to be concerned about the problems of life. He is, but there is a difference between concern and anxiety or worry. Concern drives us to arise and tackle the problems of life with a tough courage and diligence. 1 Peter 5:7 (HCSB) “Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you."
Philippians 4:4 (HCSB) “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Don’t worry with everything give thanks!
2. Just Ask: “let your requests be made known to God”
Matthew 7:7 (HCSB) “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
The four words used for prayer show exactly how prayer is the answer to anxiety and worry.
a. The word "prayer" refers to the special times of prayer that we share in periods of devotion and worship.
b. The word "supplication" refers to the prayers that focus upon special needs. We go before God and supplicate, that is, pour out our soul to God.
c. The word "thanksgiving” means that we thank and praise God for all that He is and for all that He has done for us.
d. The word "requests" means specific and definite requests. Our praying is not to be general, but specific. We are to lay before God exactly what is needed and we are not to fear that we are being too detailed with God or bothering.
3. Receive Peace: “And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Once we have made peace with God, then the peace of God floods our lives. How do we maintain that peace? How do we keep the peace of God ruling and reigning within our souls? How do we keep a consciousness of God's very own presence within us - an awareness that the "God of peace" lives within our very being?
Scripture says: "In everything" pray like this - use all four ways of praying and use them in praying for everything. We are to pray about every thing no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. God is interested in the details of our lives, in the most minute details. He wants us acknowledging Him in all our ways or steps because He wants to care and look after every single step. Now picture the scene: we are walking throughout the day, sharing with God every step of the way, and God is taking care of every step of the way. What then can take the peace of God away from us? Absolutely nothing! For as we walk in prayer and fellowship with God, God is infusing us with His presence and peace. No matter the conflict or trial, we are continuing to share with God and God is continuing to infuse us with His peace. Through prayer He is giving us the peace to conquer and walk through the trial. Our relationship with God and His peace is unbroken.
"Pray without ceasing" 1 Thessalonians 5:17
So the rest of the story - The promise: Peace means to be assured, confident, and secure in the love and care of God. We can know the peace of God only if we have trusted Christ as our Lord and Savior and only if we walk in fellowship with Him. To be in Christ means to walk in Christ - to live, move and have our being in Him.
Conclusion: Don’t worry, just ask God for peace and with everything give thanks! Can that work?
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