Thoughts To Determine Your Life - Philippians 4: 4-5

Put your matters into God’s hands and go off and leave them there

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4: 4-5).

Paul prayed that the Christian may have joy at all times and not be worried by cares. D. L. Moody said that Philippians 4: 6 meant: “Be careful for nothing; be prayerful for everything; be thankful for anything!” The way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything. The prayer of faith must be a prayer of thanksgiving because faith knows how much it owes to God.

Put your matters into God’s hands and go off and leave them there. Do not worry about them. If you do this, then the peace of God will stand guard over your heart and mind. Guard your thoughts! Thoughts determine your life! “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23: 7, KJV).

Paul tells us what to think about and remember: “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” (Philippians 4: 4-5). Paul expressed his gratitude for the loving thought that had prompted the church at Philippi to send him gifts.

He was especially happy about their gifts, not because he needed them, for he had “learned to be content” in any circumstance with Christ (Philippians 4:11), and he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him.

But their gifts meant “fruit that may abound to your account” (Philippians 4: 17, KJV). He opened God’s bank account to them: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 19).

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