4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
I have always found the words of the passage above to be both comforting and challenging. There is much comfort in knowing God always has a plan. Here the plan is to rejoice in the Lord and to be careful for nothing or don’t be afraid. We are to enter into seasons of prayer. Lastly we are to put limits on the scope of our thinking. In these verses 4, 5, 6, 8, there is a formula for individual peace and happiness.
It is not always easy to rejoice, but neither is it impossible for the believer. Far too often the child of God looses an opportunity because of fear. We are inclined to hold back because of fear. When God has given clear direction, there is no room for fear. We notice that all things are to be brought before the Lord in prayer. Getting an answer from God brings real assurance and wipes away all fear. While all of the above are for our benefit, there is an even greater benefit to others.
In verse 5, there are two ways this is done. The first is … let your moderation be known to all men and the second one is … the Lord is at hand. In this wild mixed up world, the believer is to be the picture of moderation. We are to be reasonable, we are to be satisfied, and by all means we are not to be a “me first” person. We should ask ourselves—“Am I a spiritual benefit to those in my circle? If I fear, fret and fumble folks are not seeing Christ. They will not believe that I believe that His coming is at hand or near.” Our testimony will be week, wobbly, and non-effective.
How the Christian lives and acts is very important. May I challenge each of us to show that Christ has changed our lives and that we trust Him in all things? May we also be “reasonable” in all aspects of our life?
If you read verse 9 and come to the conclusion that you do not have peace, let me offer two possible solutions. The first is that you do not have peace because you are saved but not following God’s plan given above. The second reason you are not able to live in peace is that you do not know the God of peace. You must make peace with God before you can have the peace of God. If there is a need in your life today, call us at Tabernacle (757-424- 4673).