Tuesday, February 24, 2015

4 Commands in 1 Verse

~ Christian Living Described ~

There are four amazing commands in a single verse: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

No Burdens  ~  “Be anxious for nothing...” (Philippians 4:6a). Nothing should overly concern you.

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30). 

No Boundaries  ~  “…but in everything by prayer and supplication…” (Philippians 4:6b). Everything in your life should be a matter of prayer!

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

No Bitterness  ~  “…with thanksgiving…” (Philippians 4:6c). Anything that happens in your life deserves your thankfulness.

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

No Backlists  ~  “…let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6d). For a second time in this verse we are reminded that everything in your life should be a matter of prayer!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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