The Lord led me to Philippians 4 one morning after my mind began to roam with thoughts and concerns about my present situation. It is very rich and explodes with strategy for overcoming mind battles. In today’s post I will deal with two (2) verses.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us: “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.”
The phrase ‘be anxious’ simply means to worry or to be distracted. It stems from a Greek word which means to be drawn in opposite directions; or “divided into parts”.
It is possible and normal to be concerned about something or someone. However, when that concern begins to tear you apart it is toxic and ungodly! The way to combat this is found in the proceeding sentence, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” This says that instead of being distracted and torn apart, we should find ourselves in the place of prayer, where we entreat God out of our deep, personal and urgent need. While giving thanks, we bring our petitions to God.
In the following verse, seven (7) the peace of God comes after we find ourselves in the place of prayer. Peace refers to the wholeness that comes from Christ.
Hang on guys; THIS is where it gets really good! I could have pelted the book when this hit me. 😀
The next word that comes under study is the word guard. It comes from a Greek word which means to protect, to keep, as by a military guard. It stems from ‘phrousos’ which figuratively means to actively display whatever defensive and offensive means are necessary to guard or protect. WOW! The peace of God is the wholeness which ACTIVELY protects our hearts (minds) by defensive and offensive means and this occurs through Christ Jesus.
Peace is NEVER passive; it ACTIVELY defends you and offends the enemy of your soul. This peace/wholeness was secured by Christ Jesus through His sacrifice. “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him”. In this context of combating anxiety, we activate or give permission for peace to defend us by enacting our will to be in the place of prayer, deep petition and gratitude.
You do not have to be overcome by worry because your peace has been secured. It’s activation time!
Father I thank You that my peace is secured in Christ. Today, by a decision of my will I choose peace. I commit to You everything that threatens my peace and causes me to worry. I declare that I will no longer be torn apart or distracted by worry and anxiety. I reach out to You Lord, for all of my needs.(Mention your needs to God here) and I thank You for Your intervention, Your presence and Your grace. I give You praise because You make me whole, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
By Joanna Lloyd