Thursday, March 23, 2017

Small Bites - Philippians 4:8,9 - Peace with God

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. 
Phil 4:9 

Peace.  It's what we have been pursuing all along.  Even in the fury of searching, depth of knowing, and development of ministry.  We just want peace.  What is this "everything" Paul has taught the Philippians?  He is summarizing what he has told them in the previous verse.  It involves focusing on the things which most fill the mind and satisfy the heart.

You can read in the following posts a short “small bites” presentation of Philippians 4:8.  

Paul gives us a set of items which deserve our attention: …meditate on these things… Paul says.  Interesting to me, the word for meditate is logizomai, a root word for "logic."  This means to see the sense in them and to reckon their significance inward:  “weigh” the import and impact of them and the fact (not supposition or opinion) of their reality.  This is God’s reality show.  He has something to demonstrate, to evidence.

Despite what the world is presenting and demanding, peace is acquired through leaning into the places where God-valued truths can be seen. The purpose is this – that this weightiness and worthiness of God-valued evidence on earth will become the inspiration for our lives. 

That is what I want most of all:  God-with-us.
It brings peace.

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