What’s On Your Mind?
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Today we began the last chapter of Philippians! We’ll still have one more week before we’re done with the book, but to start the message we asked the question, “What’s on your mind?”
Walking through verses 2-8 of chapter 4, Cal began by highlighting the quarrel of two women in the church in Philippi. Paul urged these two toward unity, a theme which he talked about earlier in the book as well. But what Cal highlighted was getting called out by Paul! Imagine if a petty dispute was how you were remembered for thousands of years. How much time are we, in the church, wasting in conflict rather than pulling together as one?
Next we looked at verses 4-5. Something interesting about this section is Paul’s command to rejoice – twice! This is a guy who is in prison and likely about to be executed, yet he is able to remain joyful. How inspiring! And in verse 5 he talks about gentleness – the idea being that we should exude fairness, reasonableness, and charitableness. Then Paul says, “The Lord is near.” What does that have to do with what we’re talking about? Two things:
- “The Lord is near” is the reason for our rejoicing! We know that God is always with us, no matter what. Paul knew that, which is how he could have such deep joy even in prison.
- “The Lord is near” is our cure for anxiety (which Paul writes about in vv.6-7). If we know God is always with us, we know He can be trusted with our future. Since the Lord is near, we know we can pray whenever we feel anxious, rather than spinning our wheels with worry.
Finally, we arrive at one of the most beautifully written statements in the Bible (in my opinion), Philippians 4:8.
“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.”
Cal used this passage to highlight the power of self-talk – what we think about matters! And additionally, what we think about ourselves matters too. What do you think of yourself? Are there lies that Satan has been telling you that simply aren’t true?
You mostly become what you think about most. What’s on your mind?
Verses from the message:
Philippians 4:2-8; Matthew 6:25 & 27
The Stand – Hillsong Music
O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) – Bethel Music