I came across a passage in Philippines a few days ago that has stuck with me and I would love to just pass it along to you. It’s from Philippines 4. (NLT)
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
If you are anything like I am then you desperately want the God of peace with you. Life can be hard & confusing. There are days when what life throws at you seems to be more than you can handle. In the midst of those days you and I must rely on the promises of God.
Many of us want the peace that comes from God yet we are not willing to do our part. Read that passage again. What exactly is our part? Let me give you a hint; practice. look at verse 9. Paul says to “keep putting into practice” those things you have learned and have been taught. And here is what I came away with when I was meditating on this passage. Peace comes not from knowing these things but from practicing them.
We can know a lot of things but until we practice them they will never positively affect our lives.
Scripture gives us the information we need to know in order to have the abundant life that God so desires for us to have, but until we put into practice that which we know, we can never experience all that God has for us.
I want to experience all that God has for me and for my family. That is why I listen to what I listen to. That is why I read what I am reading. That is why I work so hard at renewing my mind with His Word. Without hard work, it doesn’t matter how much I know.
Just something to think about.