Accepting What Is
Pastor Carol Grace
♦ December 7, 2018
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Philippians 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
One of the most difficult things in life is letting go. We all tend to want to hold on too long to things when the best thing for us to do is move on. Paul’s advice to the church at Philippi should be stamped upon each of our hearts.
Philippi was truly the model church, and when you read this letter you will be able to feel the love Paul had for this church and the people. The letter is so uplifting and can be of great help to anyone struggling to accept their current situation.
When Paul says to rejoice in the Lord always, he is telling us whatever our circumstance, we should rejoice. Why? Because it is difficult to dwell upon our troubles and sorrows while we are praising God.
Paul encourages the Church not to be anxious about anything. Do you get that? Anything! Why? Because if we turn our circumstances over to God, then God will cast His net of peace upon us. Isn’t God’s peace better than worry?
Paul closes by telling Christ followers to think on good things, holy things rather than dwelling on hurts and failures. There is not a person alive who has not felt the sting of betrayal by a friend, or a change in circumstances that brought grief and sadness. But look up! The God of our redemption has not just redeemed us (bought us back) from the sin that would kill us.
The Lord our God stands ready to redeem us from every situation that would separate us from Him and from our fellow man. Today we can make a choice–we can choose life by rejoicing God regardless of what is going on in our lives, or we can give in to hopelessness and despair. Let us purpose today and every day to choose life. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Father God, You are the Giver of life and the Sustainer of who we are in Christ Jesus. Give us the strength to do what You would have us do. Give us joyful hearts and attitudes of thankfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.