We are to cease from our own turmoil and frustration. “And casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Philippians 4:6-8 says:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all knowledge, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if anything praise worthy, meditate on these things.
What does Philippians 4:8 describe? None other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, the Word of God, God’s expression. When we are in turmoil, we are to entrust to Him our hurts, fears, and circumstance. He will plead our cause, give us heart-peace, and wisdom to follow Him; He will work out our circumstances in His time.
Finally, please read Philippians 3:8-11. Paul is comparing the value of wealth, possessions, power and so forth, which this world has to offer to “… the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (v. 8). Included in this knowledge of Christ is the fact that Paul (and we as believers) stand before God with Christ’s righteousness and not in our own filthy rags of righteousness (Isaiah 64:6).
1. These are the five things mentioned in Philippians that are ours because we are “found in Him” (3:10-11)? List each one. What does it mean to you?
a. We may ______________ Him; He is not standoffish; He wants an intimate relationship with us.
b. He gives us ________________ to live a different life—seeing circumstances from His perspective, which is revealed in the Scriptures.
c. We will ________________ like He did. His sufferings brought about blessings to others, Salvation offered to all, and joy to His children. We can bring the Gospel to others—especially by living victoriously through suffering. The unbeliever watches our life—do we live what we speak?
d. Being conformed to His ________________. We will have victory over ________________.
e. We can ________________ an unburdened, abundant and blessed “resurrection life”—now.
2. What is your reaction to these truths? For ideas see Psalm 33:1-5, 18-22.