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Standing firm in Christ Jesus

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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. Philippians 4:4-7

God, through the Apostle Paul, admonished believes to always remain true to their relationship with Him (Philippians 4:1). Remaining true to God provides the only reason why anyone could be joyful even in the midst of difficult trials. Paul was not advocating optimism just for the sake of having positive outlook in life. For him, the only reason one can experience real joy is by having the Lord in one’s life. Without God there will be no reason to rejoice even in times of trials. Joy is apparent in Paul’s life because his life was consumed of pursuing the things of God. The more he gave up of his selfish desires, the more he grew in godliness. God’s character continued to be formed in him. This is why he will not stop in growing knowing Christ more in his life. For in such knowledge, the more he realized the promise of peace that exceeds anything he could understand. Once we discover what Paul found to be true in his life, then we too can rejoice always in the Lord. This will prevent us from tossing and turning because of the cares we have in life, instead we find comfort in knowing that we can bring all of them in God’s throne of grace. We have the confidence that no matter how big or small our burdens, we know that nothing is trivial before God for He always hears us. He promised that His peace will reign in us for He is in us. The more we become dependent on God the greater the experience of peace in our hearts. It is the product of having an intimate relationship with God. When you know Christ as your Lord and Savior, you know that coming to Him in prayer is not a waste of time but a time well spent for His peace will guard your heart to prevent anxiety and worry from overcoming you. Surround your life with an attitude of trust only to God as you engage in the daily activities of life. God has called you to be involved in a life of prayer so that you will grow in your devotion of Him and continue to discover His goodness. “...aren’t you far more valuable to him...Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:26-27)


Noel De Guzman

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