腓4:6-7; MCBC; 3/1/2020; Rev. Paul Wang 王保羅牧師
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Do not be anxious about anything
Philippians 4:6-7; MCBC; 3/1/2020; Rev. Paul Wang
These two verses are familiar and relish to everyone, right? And I have preached these verses more than once, remember? Today I will preach the same scriptures again. Would it have different meanings? Let’s look at the first point:
This is a command
A command is to be executed, right? Why did Paul give such a command? First of all, the Lord is near. This is not what I said, but the Lord himself said through Paul. And it’s still contextual, verse 5: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. (Philippians 4: 5).” First, The Lord is near. More importantly, there is another command before “do not be anxious about anything”. The command is to let everyone know your humility. Can you comprehend the truth in this? The premise that a person can be not anxious about anything is to have a gentle heart. Not just a single person, but a group of people. Besides, not just any group, but a group of followers of Christ,
or the church. Is the life style in the church modest? What Paul meant was that without a humble life, one cannot be not anxious about anything.
Second, rejoice in the Lord. This is also what the Lord says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say again, rejoice! (Philippians 4: 4).” Without joy, how can can we be not anxious about anything? Someone may say to me immediately: Pastor, I just have no joy! It cannot be pretended, that is, the face is full of sorrow and sadness, what should I do? I said, you asked well! I’m concerned if you don’t ask, why? Because Paul did not say that we should pretend to rejoice and self-deceived. It means rejoicing in the Lord, right? It is useless to rely on yourself! You are unreliable; do you agree? What is to rely on the Lord? It is to let go of your persistence and accept everything that God has given us.
Lastly, you are my joy. In fact, there is a mystery of joy, which is to take the growth of other people’s lives as the origin of my joy. This is a value unfamiliar to this world, a mystery that even Satan does not know. When you walk out of the church, you will hear the voice, “it would be against human nature should anyone ever refuse to care about himself.” Isn’t it? What this world teaches us is the selfish principle of “rich water should be kept in one’s own fields.” But today’s Scripture tells us: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”
(Philippians 4: 1). It is tantamount to overturning the entire world and flipping the entire universe. If our lives do not overturn with the Word of God, we will be standing at where our old nature is. Let ’s look at the second point:
This is an experience
Do you know that once we believe in the Lord, we are doing one thing, do you know what it is? That’s what is said in today ’s verse, “Present your requests to God.” This is a problem, right? What’s the problem? We are too far away from God, we are unfamiliar with Him, and we do not know how to tell God what we want,
so Therefore, Paul told us about this process.
First is by prayer. What is prayer? Prayer is talking to God. and when you speak, you also need to listen to the words from God. That is to read the bible. As for prayer, you do not need to know what you are going to say, just say the words from your heart. You don’t have to use fancy words or eloquence. It’s not necessary. but it also can be beautiful, right? Because you are talking to God after all! Of course, you can also choose to pray silently. You said I just wouldn’t say it, but I was praying in my heart. This is okay! Talking to God is only part of prayer. Because in addition to speaking to God, you have to listen to God. Listening to God is by reading the bible as the main method.
Of course, God speaks to us in other ways. But remember, reading the Bible is definitely the main way. A person who usually does not read the Bible but tells me how he hears the Word of God. I usually would encourage him to learn to listen to God from reading the bible. Otherwise, the chance of making a mistake is quite high. Be alert!
The second is by petition. Often times petition is the main content of our prayers, and even then, our supplication priorities are wrong. Jesus said, but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew: 6:33).” God is our heavenly Father. Is there anything wrong for a son to ask something from his father? Of course, nothing is wrong. However, we must petition according to God’s will. Otherwise, we will become asking evilly. Nor can we pray to God on the premise of cherishing sin. The Bible says, ” If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened (Psalm 66:18).”
Lastly, with thanksgiving. This is a must for the spiritual life and is also what we are short the most. From the perspective of the relationship between mankind and God, we allare ungrateful people. It is a bit rude to say so, but this is true. Agree? Anyone who does not follow God, but by his own will, the gratitude immediately disappeared. Let’s ‘look at the third point:
This is a caring
Do you know that God cares about you all the time? Do you know that he is also looking forward to your caring for him? First, plan to prosper. God told us through the prophet Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11).” This is a new perspective, an observation from the heart. We usually talk about peace based on the results of the progress of things. But it is not by feeling, but by the perception beyond feeling.
Secondly, in Christ Jesus. Since Christ became incarnate and became human, we have known that the standard by which we act must be in Christ. Because He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one can go to the Father without him. No matter what we do, we are always in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Think about it here and now. Will the Lord agree with
me what I am doing?
Lastly, in heart. Without the protection of the Lord, our hearts and thoughts are all evil. The Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it? Therefore, accepting God’s conservatism of our hearts is the prerequisite for our spiritual growth. To put it plainly, it is to love and care for each other with God, don’t be careless about God! He is the One who died for us!
Okay, today ’s sermon of ” do not be anxious about anything” is finished. The command given by God is for us to establish a relationship to care for one another with Him through experiencing His grace.
Let’s pray together …
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.