JoyFULL Presence

JoyFULL Presence

If you were to brainstorm the top 5 stressors in your life right now, what would make the list? Finances? Work/employment? Relationships? Family/parenting? We live in a culture that is wrapped in stress and anxiety, yet Paul’s charge at the end of Philippians is to ‘not be anxious about anything.’ These words seem improbable, even impossible when we consider our circumstances, yet Paul offers a simple framework to be continually filled with joy even in the presence of anxiety.

Philippians 4:4-9

Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, 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. Whatever 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.

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