Verse 1 – Therefore, my beloved and longed – for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
We stand fast in the Lord by keeping our focus on Christ, to remember that this world is not our home, and the fact that Christ is in control.
Verse 2 – I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
Verse 3 – And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are int he Book of Life.
Evidently there had been some disagreement among these two women.
Verse 4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Verse 5 – Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Verse 6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication; with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
We are to trust in our God so much that it frees us from all anxiety. We should learn to have such a dependence on Him that we stay calm. “But in everything,” supplies for our wants and needs; concerning our welfare and families; trials, conflicts, and hardships. There is no reason why we can’t spread it all before the Lord in prayer.
“With thanksgiving,” Psalm 100:4 – Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Start your prayers with being thankful in everything! Lets always be thankful for what He’s already done.
“Let your request be made known.” Jesus said the biggest reason that “You have not, is because you ask not!” He also said, “If it be the Father’s will, I will do it!”
Verse 7 – and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
(1) Be anxious for nothing; (2) with thanksgiving; (3) let your request be made known to God; (4) and the peace that comes from God, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. When your done praying, know that He heard you and know that it is done! That’s why we end our prayers with “Amen,” “So be it!”
Verse 8 – 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 there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
Do you want to never go through another day of depression in your life? Think on these things that Paul just listed. Fill your mind and heart up with the good things of God and it will lift you up out of any anxiety you might have.
Verse 9 – The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Verse 10 – But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.
Verse 11 – Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
If Paul could learn to be content in whatever state he was in, then we can too. Paul went through a lot more hardships than we ever will.
Verse 12 – I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
But yet he says he is still content.
Verse 13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The power that we receive with Christ working in us, is sufficient to do His will and to face any challenge that may arise!
Verse 14 – Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.
Verse 15 – Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
Verse 16 – for even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
Verse 17 – Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
Verse 18 – Indeed I have all and abound, I am full having received from Epaphroditusthe things which were sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
Verse 19 – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Everybody knows that verse, don’t they? Paul was in need at a time when no one but the Philippians helped. God will and does send help through others. That’s why we are to be generous, because you just might be the answer to someone’s prayer!
Verse 20 – Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Verse 21 – Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you.
Verse 22 – All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.
While awaiting trial, Paul was making many converts in Rome.
Verse 23 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.