Capturing Our Thoughts--Philippians 4:1-7

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Capturing Our Thoughts!
By Pastor Tony on March 25, 2020; 4:10 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

As I sit in my office contemplating the things that are going on around us, I am reminded that the Lord Jesus has never and will ever be surprised by any of the things that are going on.  As for you and me, well, that’s a different story all together.  We are often caught off guard as things unfold in our lives and we seem to spin out of control; especially in our minds.  Our thought life tends to go from bad to worst in a slit second.  However, it doesn’t have to be that way if we will take a deep breath and remember whose we are.  God has got this.  So as we struggle to see the end of the tunnel, remember to look to Jesus, there’s nothing too hard for Him and He is for us, not against us.
Scripture: Philippians 4:1-7
V.v. 6-7—“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.”
Observation:
Although Paul had been through the ringer, so to speak, in his ministry; he had learned that God’s peace was his if he would not be anxious and make his request known to God with a thankful heart.  Gratitude for what God had already done and was doing pushed all chaotic thoughts from his heart and mind.  God’s peace ruled and it was not explainable. But even though it was beyond our understanding, Paul encouraged us to look to God through it all, and to rejoice in the midst of it.
I wonder if we might gain from the lessons that Paul learned.  And if so, would it make our lives much better in placing full faith in Christ.  What about you my friend?  Have you learned to trust Jesus with the things of life?  I hope so!  No! I pray so and rejoice over the decision you are going to make today.
Application:
Look at the things around you; give all your worries and anxieties over to Jesus.  And trust that God has given you what you need to get through this.  In fact, we don’t have to go through it alone.  God sent an angel to shut the mouth of the lions for Daniel. He sent another angel to walk through the fiery furnace with the three Hebrew children.  All through the word of God we find God making provisions for His people.  Trust Him today!
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, please give us the spirit of peace in this chaotic time.  Help us to trust and be thankful for what all you’ve done and are doing and what you are going to do.  Keep us under the shelter of your strong arm and protect us from the spread of Corvid-19.  For God, you are our shelter in the storms of life and an ever present help in times of trouble.  Thank you Father, In Jesus mighty name. Amen!
Keep looking to him folks, He is our strength and our hope!