This week has been a fantastic journey through some of my favorite scripture in Philippians. I feel like this has been a great reflection time on where I have come in my faith and where I still have to go. The fact that I still struggle with anxiety at times shows me that I need to do more to seek God's peace in times of uncertainty. I need to try harder to allow God to take my thoughts captive. God says our attitude towards others should not change depending on the situation in our lives. God is near.
I love how Paul writes in such a way that you can tell that he has been through such grief in his time. He went through such grueling torture such as being chained up on the bottom of a dark ship that was lost in the Mediterranean sea. He was a prisoner. Only through the Holy Spirit could he have found a way to teach fellow believers to brush things off and keep an eternal perspective. Not to be worried about uncontrollable circumstances.
The last verse that I want to focus on is Philippians 4:8 -Finally, brothers, 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.
I feel like each day this week God has given me a new dose of the prescription that we need to deal with worry and anxiety in times of uncertainty. This week has been about overcoming certain mental and spiritual battles. Monday was about taking a step back from all the things that God has done and brought me to and just rejoicing because He is God. Tuesday brought a dose of allowing the gentleness to flow from my spirit no matter what the circumstances are, always keeping in mind that the Lord is near. Wednesday, showed me how to really uncover the deep mysteries and what it means to really present requests to God. Thursday, I felt like I was plugged into an IV full of peace. With Jesus comes peace and we need to allow God to guard our hearts and minds rather than our situations. If we can do that, then we will be content in every situation. On Friday, God capped the week off with showing us what to turn our attention to. He wants to engulf our thoughts with the wonderful qualities that define Jesus Christ.