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Category: Philippians

The Practice of Gentleness (Philippians 4:5, Part 1)

When you are going through a stressful time and you are experiencing anxiety, anger, worry, fear, irritation or being annoyed by something you will be tempted to be unkind, harsh, rude, cruel, and insensitive to the people in your life. Instead of being unkind and rude God wants you to be gentle. He wants you to be aware, calm, and present for others even when you are hurting. No matter what kind of trouble, problem, pain, or difficulty you are going through it is no excuse for you to be harsh and cruel to someone else. One of the keys to experiencing peace in the middle of your anxiety is to let the gentle spirit inside you control you. Continue reading

The Practice of Joy (Philippians 4:4)

God wants you to be joyful! The devil wants you to be ungrateful, unkind, cold, distant, unfriendly, and unpleasant. God wants you to be full of joy, while the devil wants you to be full of discontentment, dissatisfaction, irritation, and anger. When you are in a state of joy, you are more aware, calm, and present for God and others. When you have joy, it is easier to care about others. When you have a lack of joy you are more concerned about you.

God has given you the seven practices of peace to combat your anxieties. We find these in Philippians 4:4-9. Let’s look at God’s Word and take a look at the practice of joy. Continue reading

The Practice of Peace: Introduction, Part 2 (Philippians 4:4-9)

God wants you to experience His peace in the middle of your chaos. He wants to train you how to defend that peace and manage your anxieties, worries, and fears. The devil is going to do everything he can to get you to focus on what stresses you out. Instead of being aware, calm, and present for God and others, the devil wants you to be self-absorbed about your problems, your troubles, your worries, and your fears. He wants you to be overly concerned about your health, stressed out about your finances, worried about your children, fearful about the future, or focused on what’s not right in your nation or overly concerned about what’s happening around the world. Continue reading

The Practice of Peace: Introduction, part 1 (Philippians 4:4-9)

God wants you to have peace in your heart and mind. You will need to defend that peace. It will be a fight. It will take work. The devil, the world, your life and your old sinful nature will try to steal and diminish your sense of awareness, calmness and the ability of being present for God and others. When the Bible talks about defending your peace and managing your anxiety it is spiritual warfare on a very personal level. This is no small thing. This is not something to take lightly. If you are not able to manage your anxieties, worries, or fears then it becomes extremely difficult to focus on what God is saying to you and how to love and bless others. When your anxieties are managing you, it becomes all about you, but when you are able to manage your anxieties, it becomes all about God and about others. Continue reading

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